Historic D-Day aircraft visits area


By Michael Ullery



Former U.S. Army 101st Airborne paratrooper Ron Tucker of Cincinnati grasps the “hook-up” cable inside historic C-47 <em>That’s All Brother</em> just as he did while a paratrooper in the famed 101st Airborne, and inside the same aircraft that some 16 paratroopers jumped behind German lines on 6 June 1944 over Normandy

Former U.S. Army 101st Airborne paratrooper Ron Tucker of Cincinnati grasps the “hook-up” cable inside historic C-47 That’s All Brother just as he did while a paratrooper in the famed 101st Airborne, and inside the same aircraft that some 16 paratroopers jumped behind German lines on 6 June 1944 over Normandy


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C-47 That’s All Brother painted exactly as she looked as she led 800 other C-47 aircraft as the spearhead of the 12,000+ troop parachute drop of 101st and 82nd Airborne troops behind enemy lines over Normandy on D-Day.


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Famed C-47 That’s All Brother taxis in for a visit to Butler Co. Regional Airport last week. on its first stop of its latest Ohio tour.


Mike Ullery | Miami Valley Today

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, a vast armada, unlike the world had ever seen, descended on the area of Normandy.

A vital part of the plan was to send more than 13,000 paratroopers from the 101st and the 82nd U.S. Army Airborne to parachute behind German-held lines in order to secure vital crossroads and bridges that might otherwise hinder the Allied invasion.

Leading the aerial armada was a C-47 nicknamed That’s All Brother. The aircraft led 800 other C-47s from bases all over England, to points inland from the Normandy coast.

By daybreak, That’s All Brother had completed her mission.

Fast forward more than 70 years. Historians come across a derelict C-47 sitting in a Wisconsin “boneyard”, waiting her turn to be scrapped. The historians who were researching aircraft that might have historical significance, discovered the identity and historical significance of the old airplane.

A fund-raising effort was begun by the Commemorative Air Force, based in Texas, to save the historic airplane and restore her.

By 2018, following many thousands of hours in labor and several million dollars of investment later, That’s All Brother was transformed to her 1944 glory, right down to her D-Day Invasion Stripes.

In 2019, That’s All Brother was headed back to Normandy, this time to lead the way for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. She once again flew over the coast, this time during daylight, and dropped paratroopers in to Normandy, this time to be greeted on the ground by well-wishers rather than enemy gunfire.

That’s All Brother is on a promotional tour through Ohio this week.

Her first stop was last weekend at the Butler County Regional Airport. After a day stop at Grimes Airport in Urbana, the venerable C-47 is going to the National Museum of the United States Air Force where she will be on static display on April 20-22.

From there, That’s All Brother will move on to Xenia where she will take part in the celebration of Jim “Pee Wee” Martin’s 100th birthday celebration. Martin, and original member of the 101st Airborne and Band of Brothers made the jump into Normandy on D-Day. The weekend of April 23-25 will be filled with the celebration of Martin’s 100th birthday, parachute jumps, and the opportunity for visitors to tour, or ride, in the historic aircraft, That’s All Brother.

For more information the C-47s schedule, visit www.thatsallbrother.org

Former U.S. Army 101st Airborne paratrooper Ron Tucker of Cincinnati grasps the “hook-up” cable inside historic C-47 That’s All Brother just as he did while a paratrooper in the famed 101st Airborne, and inside the same aircraft that some 16 paratroopers jumped behind German lines on 6 June 1944 over Normandy
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/04/web1_041621mju_thatsallbrother2.jpgFormer U.S. Army 101st Airborne paratrooper Ron Tucker of Cincinnati grasps the “hook-up” cable inside historic C-47 That’s All Brother just as he did while a paratrooper in the famed 101st Airborne, and inside the same aircraft that some 16 paratroopers jumped behind German lines on 6 June 1944 over Normandy Mike Ullery | Miami Valley Today

C-47 That’s All Brother painted exactly as she looked as she led 800 other C-47 aircraft as the spearhead of the 12,000+ troop parachute drop of 101st and 82nd Airborne troops behind enemy lines over Normandy on D-Day.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/04/web1_041621mju_thatsallbrother3.jpgC-47 That’s All Brother painted exactly as she looked as she led 800 other C-47 aircraft as the spearhead of the 12,000+ troop parachute drop of 101st and 82nd Airborne troops behind enemy lines over Normandy on D-Day. Mike Ullery | Miami Valley Today

Famed C-47 That’s All Brother taxis in for a visit to Butler Co. Regional Airport last week. on its first stop of its latest Ohio tour.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2021/04/web1_041621mju_thatsallbrother1.jpgFamed C-47 That’s All Brother taxis in for a visit to Butler Co. Regional Airport last week. on its first stop of its latest Ohio tour. Mike Ullery | Miami Valley Today

By Michael Ullery

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