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C-47 Skytrain

This C-47 (C-47A-85-DL) was delivered to the USAAF in April 1944, and served with
the 316th Troop Carrier Group of the Ninth Air Force. Assigned to the 37th Troop Carrier
Squadron, 43-15509 operated from Cottesmore in Rutland for a year. It dropped troops over Normandy in June 1944, Holland in September 1944 and Germany in March 1945. Bud Rice was its pilot on several flights. It was used as a commercial airliner after the war.




  • Julian Rice

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 316th Troop Carrier Group
    Bud flew a C-47 Dakota Skytrain on D-Day and throughout the war, carrying troops and supplies to Europe daily, then returning wounded to England. Used for transport, the C-47 had no armored protection nor weaponry. During his 4-year enlistment, Bud...


  • IX Troop Carrier Command Field Order 1

    6 June 1944
    IX Troop Carrier Command Field Order No 1 was originally issued on 31 May 1944, before being amended on 4 June 1944. It determined the role that 9th Air Force Troop Carrier Command would play in the assault phase of Operation Neptune- the Normandy...


  • Cottesmore

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF between 1935-38, and in use by the RAF from 1938-1943, the airfield was enlarged with concrete runways in 1943. Used by both the Eighth Air Force (it was 8 ASC HQ) and Ninth Air Force 1943, it was Troop Carrier Command HQ (later 9th...

  • American Air Museum

    Other location


Event Location Date
Manufactured 1943
Assigned Cottesmore, Oakham LE15, UK 1944
Delivered April 1944
D-day Normandy, France 6 June 1944
Operation Market Garden Arnhem, Netherlands September 1944
Germany March 1945
Assigned American Air Museum, IWM Duxford, Cambridge 2016


Date Contributor Update
17 August 2018 11:32:08 Emily Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations

IWM Collection 2010.80.1

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