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42-92847

C-47 Skytrain

Lead aircraft of Mission Albany the US airborne drop on the eve of D-Day. Led 432 aircraft dropping 6,600 paratroopers behind enemy lines on the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy.
“That's All, Brother” actually flew two missions on D-Day. In the evening of June 6, 1944 it towed a glider carrying men of the 82nd Airborne Division as part of mission Elmira. A/C had an impressive combat record after D-Day. It participated in Operation Market Garden, the relief of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and Operation Varsity.

Service

People

  • Barney Blankenship

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Co-Pilot of C-47 Skytrain 42-92847 'That's All Brother' of 87th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, 9th AF. Lead ship of Mission Albany the air dropping of 6600 US paratroops into Normandy, France on the eve of D-Day.

  • Harry Chalfant

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Crew Chief of C-47 Skytrain 42-92847 'That's All Brother' of 87th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, 9th AF. Lead ship of Mission Albany the air dropping of 6600 US paratroops into Normandy, France on the eve of D-Day.

  • David Daniel

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot / Squadron Commander | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    87th Squadron Commander. Pilot of C-47 Skytrain 42-92847 'That's All Brother' of 87th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, 9th AF. Lead ship of Mission Albany the air dropping of 6600 US paratroops into Normandy, France on the eve of D-Day.

  • John Donalson

    Military | Major General | Command Pilot / Group Commander | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Gen. Donalson was the 2nd person inducted into the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame. ...

  • Robert Groswird

    Military | Second Lieutenant | 2nd Navigator | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    2nd Navigator of C-47 Skytrain 42-92847 'That's All Brother' of 87th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, 9th AF. Lead ship of Mission Albany the air dropping of 6600 US paratroops into Normandy, France on the eve of D-Day.

  • John Shallcross

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Navigator of C-47 Skytrain 42-92847 'That's All Brother' of 87th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, 9th AF. Lead ship of Mission Albany the air dropping of 6600 US paratroops into Normandy, France on the eve of D-Day.

  • Woodrow Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 438th Troop Carrier Group
    Radio Operator of C-47 Skytrain 42-92847 'That's All Brother' of 87th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, 9th AF. Lead ship of Mission Albany the air dropping of 6600 US paratroops into Normandy, France on the eve of D-Day. Wounded by...

Places

  • Greenham Common

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1942 as an Operational Training Unit, it was handed over to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, and was the 51st Troop Carrier Wing's HQ in 1942. Greenham Common became a Ninth Air Force base in 1943, and was then home to a series of...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Tulsa, OK, USA 7 March 1944

Built at Douglas
Aircraft plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

Delivered Indiana, USA 8 March 1944

To USAAF at Baer Army Air Field, Indiana, via Dallas Love Field.

Ferried overseas England, UK 16 April 1944

Departed for England, Europe with Air Transport Command on April 16, 1944.

Mission Albany [D-Day eve] Normandy 5 June 1944

Lead aircraft of Mission Albany the US airborne drop on the eve of D-Day. Led 432 aircraft dropping 6,600 paratroopers behind enemy lines on the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy.

Mission Elmira [D-Day] Normandy 6 June 1944

In the evening of June 6, 1944 it towed a glider carrying men of the 82nd Airborne Division as part of mission Elmira.

Operation Market Garden Netherlands 17 September 1944

Participated Operation Market Garden. 17–25 September 1944.

Operation Varsity Rhine River 24 March 1945

Participated Operation Varsity. Crossing of the Rhine. 24 March 1945 – 2 May 1945

Returned Stateside United States 4 August 1945

Dispatched home on 4th Aug
1945.

Struck Off Charge 1946

Struck Off Charge and sold.

Sold to Basler Turbo Conversions Oshkosh, WI, USA 2008

Sold via 16 civilian owners eventually ending up with Basler Turbo Conversions LLC of Oshkosh, WI. 2008.

Sold to CAF Wright Drive, Midland, TX 79706, USA 19 June 2015

Acquired by Commemorative Air Force.

Assigned RAF Greenham Common, Thatcham, West Berkshire RG19, UK

87th Troop Carrier Squadron,
438th Troop Carrier Group, 9th Air Force.

Relief of Bastogne [Battle of the Bulge] Bastogne, Belgium

Relief of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2015 20:58:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

www.thatsallbrother.org

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