History of War

DOUGLAS C-47 SKYTRAIN/DAKOTA

“THE C-47 WAS THE MILITARY VERSION OF THE COMMERCIAL DC-3 AIRLINER. STURDY AND RELIABLE, THE AIRCRAFT HAD IMMENSE CARRYING CAPACITY”

10.49pm on 5 June, 1944, seven RAF Douglas C-47 Dakotas took off from RAF Down Ampney. These were the first of 1,067 Dakota or Skytrain (USAAF C-47s) sorties over the following “day of days” – the tip of the spear for the Allied liberation of Occupied Europe. The C-47 was the military version of the commercial DC-3 airliner. Sturdy and reliable,

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