The C-47 units of the USAAF were an integral part of some of the most dramatic episodes of World War II (1939-1945): the airborne assaults in North Africa, Sicily, Normandy, southern France, Operation Market Garden and the crossing of the Rhine. The mass fratricide off Sicily, the night drop for D-Day and the Bastogne supply missions are also covered, along with more typical accounts of training, formation flying, airdrops and casualty evacuation missions. This book details an aircraft that remains a popular favourite and an acknowledged design classic, carrying out missions every bit as strategically important and as dramatic for the aircrew as those of the fighters and bombers.
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Table of Contents
Origins/North Africa/Sicily and the 'Soft Underbelly'/D-Day and Normandy/Airborne Invasions and Air Resupply/Italy and the Balkans/Decisive Battles and Victory/ A New Way of Air Warfare/Appendix 1: USAAF/USN C-47 Units In ETO/MTO/Appendix 2: The Aircraft