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Overlord Commemoration June 2013

Photos and video of C47A Dakota N473DC at Lee prior to dropping parachutists in Normandy.

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Douglas C47A Dakota N473DC pictured here is a D-Day veteran. She was used as a glider tug, towing troop carrying gliders as part of the D-Day invasion (Operation Overlord) and as a parachute drop aircraft, flying two missions on D-Day itself. She also took part in Operation Market Garden, the airborne assault designed to secure bridges crossing the lower Rhine. During the Battle of Normandy she was fitted with arrestor gear and used to carry out flying recoveries of the assault gliders, returning them to the UK for re-use, hence her nickname "Drag 'em oot"  If you'd like to see how this worked click here.