Lead C-47 of D-Day Found

That’s All, Brother

An icon of World War II, one of the variants of the Douglas DC-3, the C-47 was recently discovered. It’s not just any C-47! That’s All, Brother – was the airplane that led the massive paratrooper drop on June 6, 1944, D-Day.

OSH 2It was discovered resting quietly resting the Basler Turbo Conversion storage yard in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This C-47 was built as a C-47A, USAAF 42-92847, c/n12693. It was assigned to the 9th Troop Carrier Command in April 1944.

Five hours before the beach landings in Normandy began, 821 “Skytrains” with more than 13,000 paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines. The aircraft was named as a personal message to Adolf Hitler that, with the Allied invasion of Europe, it was the beginning of the end.

After the war it returned to the USA and was owned by 13 different corporations and registered NC88874. It served a church group, and several small airlines. In 2004 the Aero Heritage Museum restored it to an AC-47. Basler Turbo Conversions bought it in October 2008, and recently transferred it to the Commemorative Air Force for restoration. The hope is the million dollar plus restoration will be finished and airworthy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019.