The pilot, Stearman owner, who I assisted with building his N2S-5 is also C-47 rated. He is currently in D-Day Doll flying to Duxford and then Normandy for the drop on D-Day. A few images he has sent over NYC.
Have watched every episode of Plane Savers (on you tube), about getting a d-day DC3 that sat in the open unloved for 27 years flying again. This 75 year old aircraft will soon fly again due to the work of many volunteers. The enjoyment the many skilled and unskilled people get from working on this project makes me happy.
Keep up with the latest "That's All, Brother" news by following us on Facebook.Mission: NormandyNearly 75 years ago, on June 6, 1944, That's All, Brother led the main airborne invasion of Normandy. Piloted by Lt. Col John Donalson, the plane led over 800 C-47s that dropped over 13,000 paratroope
It is fair comment to say that the aircraft in the pictures above are not true to detail. The pictured aircraft have nice, well-delineated "invasion stripes". Back in June 1944, the order to paint on the invasions stripes was issued on the Sunday before the invasion kicked off on Tuesday morning. Ground crew had to quickly find black paint and white paint (there was no black and white stripped paint available) and slap the stripes on in about a day an a half. Don't forget that there were several thousand planes involved from observation Stinsons to B-17's and Liberators, plus all the British aircraft.
There's a story that on one airfield, they ran out of paint, so they went into the nearest town and broke into the hardware stores to get the paint. They didn't steal it. They left IOUs for all the paint they took.