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Dakotas back for D-Day anniversary

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I took Tuesday off to go to Duxford air museum in Cambridgeshire for the D-Day aviation event. Every possible C-47 /DC3 that could fly was there for the 75th commemoration. It was my own 65th birthday too but the weather was awful, drizzle and some heavy showers. It made taking photos very challenging as the lens of my choice does not like bad light and I struggled to get decent pictures against the grey sky.

But , I walked the flight line and got statics of all that were there, but my ground to air shots were nothing to write home about. I just couldnt get any sharp shots with the moisture in the air But I was pleased to be able to get fairly decent images of two of the oldest C-47's there. 'That's all Brother' and 'Placid Lassie'

'That's all Brother' was built in Oklahoma city in February 1944 and led the D-Day assault mission named 'ALBANY, she took off late in the night of June 5th carrying men of the US 101st Airborne  the operation was to to capture causeways leading from Utah Beach as well as bridges, a canal lock, and a German coastal battery. 432 aircraft flew the mission, carrying almost seven thousand paratroops.

After serving on D-Day, and in Operations Market Garden, Repulse, and Varsity, the airplane returned to the United States and was sold to the civilian market in 1945. During the course of many owners over the next several decades, the historical significance of the airplane was lost and it was eventually sold to be scrapped. Fortunately, two historians from the United States Air Force discovered that this historic airplane was lying in a boneyard in Wisconsin. The Commemorative Air Force was able to acquire the airplane, and through a large group of donors and volunteers, restore the airplane to flying status.

That’s All, Brother” has been restored to its D-Day paint scheme, along with a thorough historic interior restoration.

(edited in lightroom 5.7 with a toned down Topaz preset for a vintage look)


The second aircraft was Placid Lassie, attached to the 74th Troop Carrying Squadron, 9th USAAF she took off from Aldermaston,Berkshire at 0200 AM bound for Juno beach and was towing WACO gliders carrying troops and equipment. The aircraft also flew in Operation Market Garden and the Rhine crossings, served after the war back in the USA with several small airlines and was abandoned in a a long grass field until it was restored in 2010, the owner then researched the aircraft's history and found it was Placid Lassie She made the trip back over the Atlantic last week, both aircraft along with a few others will stay in Europe for the summer and will take part in the 70th anniversary of the Berlin airlift later in the year.




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You did well with these Denis given the weather conditions. The dedication in keeping these flying reminds me those volunteers who keep all the steam engines going.

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