LAFB Douglas C-47B-15-DK 43-49507

Mr. Marion Brown contacted me today (February 15, 2019) to give me the information he has gathered on the C-47 (Douglas C-47B-15-DK) gate guardian in the photo below.  This is the C-47 that was on display at Lincoln Air Force Base.

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It’s great to hear the aircraft is still around.  It’s actually in the Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio.  The history of the aircraft from James Baugher’s website is:

49507 (MSN 26768) 11/44: TOS USAAF.

By 1/47:  233rd Base Unit, Ft. Worth Army Air Field, TX.

                                      9/18/47: TOS USAF

                                      Ca.1954: converted to C-47D.

                              

1950s: 307th Bomb Wing (Medium), Lincoln AFB, NE.

By 1970: 834th Tactical Composite Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL.  Jun 30, 1975 transferred to WPAFB Museum (painted as C-47A 43-15174).  Was last C-47 in USAF service and had 20821 hours total time.

1987: Restored in the markings of 43-15174 of the 88th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, 53rd Troop Carrier Wing, US 9th Air Force. 

After 2010: Markings were changed to represent the C-47A flown by 2nd Lt. Gerald C. Berry of 91st Troop Carrier Squadron 439th Troop Carrier Group, to recover gliders on D-Day.

 

The Air Force Museum has the following information on the aircraft:

The C-47D on display, the last C-47 in routine USAF use, flew to the museum in 1975. It is painted and marked to represent the C-47A flown by 2nd Lt. Gerald “Bud” C. Berry of the 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group, to recover gliders used in the invasion of France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. “Snatched” from the ground in Normandy, the gliders were towed back to England for reuse. On March 22, 1945, Lt. Berry used that aircraft to “snatch” a glider filled with wounded soldiers at Remagen, Germany.

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