C-47/R4D Units of the ETO and MTO
Publication Date: January 2005
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The C-47 units of the USAAF were an integral part of some of the most dramatic episodes of World War II (1939-1945): the airborne assaults in North Africa, Sicily, Normandy, southern France, Operation Market Garden and the crossing of the Rhine. The mass fratricide off Sicily, the night drop for D-Day and the Bastogne supply missions are also covered, along with more typical accounts of training, formation flying, airdrops and casualty evacuation missions. This book details an aircraft that remains a popular favourite and an acknowledged design classic, carrying out missions every bit as strategically important and as dramatic for the aircrew as those of the fighters and bombers.
David C Isby is an experienced author and pilot, and has written and edited numerous books and articles. His work on World War 2 military aviation includes ‘Jane's at the Controls: How to Fly and Fight in the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress’ and the editing of two volumes of Luftwaffe accounts, ‘The Luftwaffe Fighter Force: The View From the Cockpit’ and ‘Fighting the Bombers’. He is the son of a former USAAF C-47 navigator.