"In Rememberance of D-Day: Douglas C-47, Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, The National World War II Museum, NOLA" - Daily Photo - 06/06/13
The plane photographed is of one of the most significant transports of the war and the civilian version the DC-3 was the workhorse for the early commercial airlines. Painted in the black and white invasion stripes, this photo was taken during the annual D-Day Anniversary held at the museum in 2012. While dated, I thought it was appropriate to include the C-47 for the "daily" in commemoration of the day. This was also the aircraft that my father-in-law maintained in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. He left or ran you may say from a poor coal mining town in Pennsylvania to a icy barren rock in the Northern Pacific. Al and I "bonded" over this type of plane at an airshow we attended together when he discovered not only did I, at the time a young lad in his twenties, know a lot about the C-47, but it is one of my favorites. It seems he was also impressed that I knew the B-29 weapons systems he was training on when he was about to be deployed for missions over Japan. Fortunately, that deployment became unnecessary. It has been twenty some years since that airshow and I have been very grateful to have him in my life. Unfortunately his time is waning and he will be missed.