That's All, Brother
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Central Texas Wing has a new, and quite exciting, addition to their historic fleet. That's All, Brother, which led the Allied invasion on D-Day in Normandy 74 years ago has made its home in San Marcos. That's All, Brother is a Douglas C-47 Skytrain and led a formation of more than 800 C-47s to Normandy. The C-47s then dropped more than 13,000 paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions into battle. US casulaties during the airborne operation were 42 C-47 carrier planes, 338 killed, 904 wounded and 1,257 missing.
The name, which is painted on the front of the aircraft, was a message to Adolf Hitler. By the end of D-Day, approximately 156,000 Allied troops had successfully landed on the French beaches. The Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944 resulted in the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany control. The D-Day invasion has been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.
That's All, Brother was discovered a few years ago in an aircraft boneyard in Wisconsin with plans to be cut apart and remanufactured. Money was raised to save the plane and restore it to its former glory. The CAF returned That's All, Brother to flying conditions, as well as outfitted the aircraft to its exact configuration on D-Day with rare parts, including radios and navigation equipment. The goal is to turn the aircraft into an educational tool for schoolkids where hidden speakers and sensors will re-create the experience of D-Day.
Next year, for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, That's All, Brother will fly across the Atlantic Ocean for a return trip to Normandy, France along with other aircraft from World War II.