The plane that played a role in D-Day, also played a key role in the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Whiskey 7, a Douglas C-47, is now based at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo NY.
The National Warplane Museum lead the mission “Return to Normandy” to honor Veterans and commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The museum’s flagship aircraft, Whiskey 7, a restored Douglas C-47 that served on D-Day, made the journey back to Normandy this June. Paratroopers from the Liberty Jump Team jumped from Whiskey 7 over original D-Day drop zones, reenacting what soldiers did seventy years prior.
As part of a world tribute the fallen and surviving soldiers of World War II, Whiskey 7 departed Geneseo, NY on May 15, 2014, traversing across the North-Atlantic, making several stop before reaching Normandy, France.
• Geneseo, N.Y.
• Presque Isle, M.E.
• CFB Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada
• Narsarsuaq (Nar-sa-squak), Greenland
• Reykjavik (Ray-kya-vik), Iceland
• Prestwick, Scotland
• Duxford, England
• Ramstein AFB, Germany
• Cherbourg, France
“This has been a unique opportunity for us to thank our Veterans for their service and we’re honored to have been invited by the French government to be an integral part of their world celebration this June,” said Austin Wadsworth, National Warplane Museum President, before the departure. “We’re grateful for the contributions we’ve received to make this two-year project a reality, however, we’re still looking for continued support.”
Whiskey 7 is one-of-a-kind. Not only do very few airworthy C-47s that served on D-Day remain active, but Whiskey 7 was the lead aircraft of the second wave of Allied troops, directing hundreds of C-47sfrom the English Channel to France. She also carried 21 paratroops from the 3rd Battalion, including their commander, Lt. Col. Edward C. Krause, who led the assault on Sainte-Mere-Eglise.
Whiskey 7 triumphantly returned home to Geneseo, NY on June 14 to the cheers of crowds of children, families and Veterans alike. With a successful mission accomplished, Whiskey 7 and her caretakers continue her work to educate and commemorate the memories and accomplishments of all Veterans, past and present.
Greg Hayes of North Coast Flight School will appear on JET 24 Action News at 5:30pm on Thursday September 4th to discuss the historic planes visit to Erie
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