TheCommemorative Air Force have released rare footage shot in England on 5 June 1944 by Paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division.
The film shows members of 2d Battalion, 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment as they prepare the aircraft at Greenham Common Airfield in the United Kingdom. The men seen are marching to the aircraft with camouflaged faces, wearing their battle equipment. Before these men board and depart for the invasion of Normandy, they are read a letter from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe. The focal point of the film is the preparation and departure of the lead aircraft named That’s All, Brother (42-92847). Present at her send off are Lt. Gen. Louis H. Brereton, commander of the 9th Air Force, and Lt. Col. Louis R. Goodrich. Piloting the aircraft are Col. John Donalson, commander of the 438th Troop Carrier Group, and Lt. Col. David Daniel, commander of the 87th Troop Carrier Squadron.
That’s All, Brother, the C-47 aircraft that led the Airborne invasion on D-Day has been rediscovered. The aircraft is currently being restored by The Commemorative Air Force, which is also running a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to crowdfund the restoration.
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