Known as the ‘Skytrain’ by the Americans and the ‘Dakota’ by the British, the C-47 was one of the most crucial Allied aircraft of WWII. Capable of carrying 6,000 lbs of cargo, a fully assembled jeep, or 28 soldiers in full gear, this military transporter flew from every continent and participated in every major battle.
On 6th June 1944, adorned with hastily painted invasion stripes, over 800 U.S. Army Air Force C-47s and Royal Air Force Dakotas carried paratroopers to their drop zones in Normandy. Around 13,100 American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions made night parachute drops early on D-Day.
The print is personally signed by the artist Richard Taylor along with four veterans of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne:
Private First Class BILL WINGETT
Corporal HERB SUERTH
Colonel ED SHAMES
Private First Class EDWARD TIPPER