Legendary ‘Lifter


Jamie Ewan and Kev Baxter present images from the UK’s largest gathering of the Dakota and Skytrain family since World War Two. The long-awaited ‘Daks over Duxford’ event offered the chance to see rare examples of the Douglasdesigned workhorse, during a precursor to the D-Day commemorations in Normandy, France


Aces High’s Douglas C-47A leads Skytrains ‘That’s All…Brother’ (top) and ‘Placid Lassie’ (bottom) during a trio of flypasts on June 4. All three aircraft are D-Day and Operation Market Garden veterans. KEY-JAMIE EWAN

One of 15 US-based aircraft to cross the Atlantic under the ‘D-Day Squadron’ banner, Overlord veteran ‘Placid Lassie’ taxies for a formation training sortie. Built by Douglas at its Long Beach facility in California, the aeroplane was assigned to the 74th Troop Carrier Squadron, 434th Troop Carrier Group and took part in numerous actions, including Operation Repulse – the relief of Bastogne, Belgium – during December 1944. KEY-JAMIE EWAN

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below