Frank Fletcher D-Day Parachute Jumps

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Two commemorative parachute drops for the 75th anniversary of D-Day (6th June 1944) are set to raise essential funds for the National Facial, Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre (NFORC), funded by research charity Saving Faces.

The first drop took place near Caen in Normandy on 5th June and the second will take place near Arnhem in the Netherlands on 17th September. The Battle of Arnhem was a significant battle amongst Airborne forces. The film ‘A Bridge Too Far’ portrays the events of the battle.

 As in 1944, both jumps will take place from Dakota aircraft.

Ex-paratrooper Frank Fletcher is fundraising for Saving Faces and Special Forces veterans charity, Pilgrim Bandits, by making sponsored parachute drops over Caen in Normandy and later Arnhem in the Netherlands. He has served 24 years as a Paratrooper including 9 operational tours of duty ranging from Northern Ireland, Africa, Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Frank: “I wanted to make the two jumps as a mark of respect for my former colleagues and to commemorate what they achieved. I have seen facial wounds as a result of conflict, and the work of maxillofacial surgeons and the support both charities give is amazing – and that’s why it’s important to raise awareness and money to continue the work they do.”

BAOMS President Sat Parmar, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, said that working in Birmingham with the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine meant he was only too familiar with the injuries our forces can sustain: "This is a chance for all of us in BAOMS to unite in an important fundraising activity and sponsor the ex-paratrooper Frank Fletcher who will make the parachute drops."

BAOMS has partnered the charity Saving Faces for many years on projects. In 2012, late BAOMS President Barrie Evans set up NFORC as the BAOMS Clinical Research Centre: “This further cemented our partnership,” Sat Parmar explained, “while Saving Faces continues to research into the causes and treatments of facial injuries and head and neck cancer.

“It would be fantastic if serving and past armed forces colleagues as well as all BAOMS Fellows, members and trainees could spread the word widely and support these two worthy charities.

We urge you to support both these worthwhile charities who have been linked as described above and any donations that are gratefully received will be shared between the two charities, Pilgrim Bandits and Saving Faces.”

The money raised will help Saving Faces continue essential research to reduce the incidence of facial injuries, disorders and diseases such as oral cancer. The funds will be shared with Pilgrim Bandits, a wounded soldier charity for predominantly ex-paratroopers and SAS.


  • Saving Faces, the Facial Surgery Research Foundation, was launched in 2000 by Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Professor Iain Hutchison. It is the only charity in the UK dedicated to education to reduce the incidence of facial injuries, disorders and diseases including oral cancer. Its mission is to enable research carried out by over 200 of the UK’s top facial surgeons. With this collaborative approach the charity can answer vital research questions more rapidly than even the most famous of single institutions. It has two unique resources that provide their services free of charge - the surgeons and the patients. These people decide on the important studies we conduct. Saving Faces provides the research staff to make this data collection and the clinical trials happen, and funds nine researchers working alongside the surgeons across the UK.

  • Pilgrim Bandits Charity was established by a small group of Special Forces veterans to use their unique training and experience to help and inspire injured personnel to live life to the full

  • The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) promotes the advancement of education, research and the development of oral and maxillofacial Surgery in Great Britain, and encourages and assists postgraduate education, study and research. For more information go to:

  • For more information about the Daks Over Normandy events go to
  • For more information about the D-Day anniversary events being organised by the Imperial War Museum over 4June to 5 June 2019 go to

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Good luck from Viv and Sarah

Kathy Fan


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Good Luck Frank

Fred Shelley



Patrick Magennis


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I am glad I will not be in the Dakota, but sorry I will not be in Normandy to see the jump. A fantastic effort for great causes

James simpson


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Morgs and andrea


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Welldone Frank! Going the extra mile, well worth remembering and helping those that have done so before, a great cause. Safe landings .....enjoy!!

Susan Gibson


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