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.
About the Author
David C. Isby is a Washington-based attorney and defense consultant. A special correspondent for Jane's Intelligence Review, he has contributed to many military and aviation publications and written extensively on the Russian armed forces. He lives in Washington D.C.
David Isby is a lawyer and defense analyst who has testified before Congress and appeared on CNN, PBS, and FOX. A former advisor to President Reagan, Isby is the author of "Russia's War in Afghanistan; Afghanistan: Invasion and Resistance;" and "Fighting the Invasion: The German Army at D-Day". He is a frequent contributor to "Jane's Defense Intelligence Review" and lives in Washington, D.C.
Andrew Thomas is one of Britain's pre-eminent RAF researchers, having published numerous squadron histories and seven volumes in the Osprey "Aircraft of the Aces" series. He is presently a serving officer in the RAF. The author lives in Lincolnshire, UK.