Corgi AA38207 USAAF Douglas C-47 Skytrain Troop Transport - 439th Troop Carrier Group, 50th Troop Carrier Wing, RAF Upottery, England, 1944 (1:72 Scale)
"...four other pieces of equipment that most senior officers came to regard as among the most vital to our success in Africa and Europe were the bulldozer, the jeep, the 2-ton truck, and the C-47 airplane. Curiously, none of these is designed for combat."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, reflecting on the success of the US Army in World War II
The C-47 was one of the most successful aircraft ever, praised by General Eisenhower as one of the most important instruments of victory in WWII. Largely a military version of the highly successful Douglas DC-3 passenger aircraft, the C-47 Dakota carried supplies, airborne troops, and other personnel in all of the theaters of conflict in WWII. It was used as a troop transport and glider tug during the invasion of Europe and it kept the Allied forces in China supplied by carrying supplies "Over the Hump" of the Himalaya Mountains lying astride the India to China route. More than 13,300 of the DC-3s in all its forms were built, including Japanese and Soviet licensed aircraft. Although it first flew in 1941, many are still being used today. It last saw action in the Vietnam War as a gunship called "Puff the Magic Dragon", firing machine guns and cannons from it's windows for enemy troop suppression.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a USAAF C-47 Skytrain Troop Transport that was attached to the 439th Troop Carrier Group, 50th Troop Carrier Wing, then deployed to RAF Upottery, England, during June 1944.
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Wingspan: 15-3/4 inches
Length: 10-3/4 inches
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Historical Account: "Band of Brothers" - On the night of June 5th, 1944, thousands of brave young men across Great Britain waited in anticipation for the action that was to come. While some of these soldiers embarked upon ships in the channel, many were to land in occupied France by parachute, the vast majority jumping from C-47s such as this Corgi model. This particular machine was the transport for the leader of the first platoon of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne, Richard 'Dick' Winters who acted as jumpmaster. The star in the series 'Band of Brothers', Winters was an inspirational leader to his men in the field both during the D-Day operations and later during the advance through occupied Europe. The C-47 aircraft carried thousands of troops throughout the Overlord campaign with this particular C-47 carrying one of the more famous liberators of France that night, helping to free occupied Europe from the Nazi Regime.