THE LEAD C-47
Many outstanding D-Day veteran Douglas C-47s still fly, honouring these aircraft and the heroism of their crews in supporting the Allied invasion. Arguably none, however, boast the historical significance of the Commemorative Air Force’s That’s All, Brother
US Army Air Forces Station 486, Greenham Common, Berkshire, towards midnight on 5 June 1944. The rumble of 72 Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp engines builds to a crescendo as 36 Douglas C-47 Skytrains and C-53 Skytroopers roll for take-off, their destination Normandy, their objective to begin the Allied airborne assault on occupied Europe. Heading this first wave of paratroop-carrying transports is a C-47A named That’s All, Brother, in the hands of 438th Troop Carrier Group commander Lt Col John M. Donalson and Lt Col David E.