Douglas Dakota C47A-DC3 N473 DC at East Kirkby.

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G Lokey on April 4, 2013

This aircraft was delivered to the USAAF in December 1943 and assigned to the 9th Air Force Troop Carrier Command. It flew to the UK in February 1944. It was assigned to the 87th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group at Greenham Common, 438 providing the lead Squadrons on D-Day. This aircraft towed an Assault Glider in Operation Elmira on D-Day carrying soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division and engaged in re-supply after the landings. Transferred to the RAF in September 1944 until 1946 and the Canadian Air Force 1946 until 1966. After that sold for civilian use and used for passenger and freight duties. Now restored to 87th Squadron markings and available for taxi rides at East Kirkby.

david g Johnson on April 7, 2013

I say...Geoff.../..Re..The 'taxi rides' long..?.. in time and distance..? fast..? and how many of you at a time..?..sounds like a good day out...Dj.

G Lokey on April 9, 2013

Hi Dave, About eight of us with a couple of crew. Up and down the runway and across the field for twenty minutes or so. If you're interested have a look at the "Just Jane" website. You wouldn't believe how cramped it is in a Lanc, just imagine being on fire over Germany and having to get out in a hurry. Doesn't bear thinking about the bravery of those Bomber Command guys night after night. True heroes!!! Cheers GL.

david g Johnson on April 10, 2013

That's so true....Geoff....'real heroes'..who knew they had only a slim chance of returning to base..!... .many thanks for the info'...............from Dave.

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  • Uploaded on April 4, 2013
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    by G Lokey
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H20
    • Taken on 2013/04/01 15:10:34
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    • F/Stop: f/3.500
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