Annual Reunion of the National WWII Glider Pilots Association - Click here for information

ANNUAL REUNION  Welcome Page   Site Entrance   Resolution - 110th Congress   Senate Resolution - National Airborne Day  Dedication   Dedication 2   Dedication 3  Roll of Honor  Children of The Netherlands Adopt GI Graves   Combat Glider Pilots Virtual Memorial   Virtual Memorial Page 2   Silent Wings Museum   Waco CG-4A   Waco CG-4A - 2   Waco Drawings by David Eckert  Later U.S. Glider Designs   Airspeed Horsa  Hamilcar  Tow Ships  Glider Pilot Training   A Glider Pilot's Log Book   Bowman Field Kentucky  South Plains Army Air Field, Lubbock, Texas  Wright Field, Ohio  "The Snatch"  Glider Infantry  Sicily - "Operation Husky"  Burma - "Operation Thursday"   Normandy - "Operation Neptune"   Southern France - "Operation Dragoon"  Holland - " Operation Market Garden"   Holland - Page 2    Holland - Page 3   Bastogne - "Operation Repulse"  Germany - Operation "Varsity"   Philippines - "Mission Appari"  Special Missions  Between Missions   Glider Operations in England    Glider Assembly at RAF Greenham Common   Photos from Jan Bos - Holland   September 7, 1942 "Life" Magazine "War Glider" Article   "Yank" Magazine "Liberation Edition" - June 11, 1944   "Yank" Magazine "Airborne Operations in France" - July 2, 1944   Glider Insignia  America's Latest Glider - The Space Shuttle  Space Shuttle COLUMBIA   A Glider Pilot's Day of WWII - Original Art Work by Dale Oliver   Glider Pilot Humor   GP Photos   Letters, Wit, and Wisdom   Unusual Glider Designs  Interesting Photos & Stories About WWII Gliders   Memorabilia   German Appraisal of Airborne Operations   Earlier Glider Designs   WWII Posters    Books on Gliders   Attributions   Links Page   Airborne Research Resources    Where to Find Books Currently in Print on WWII Glider, and Glider-Related Programs   Glider Pilot Contacts   Page of Emails and Addresses of People Who Would Like to Network on the Subject of WWII Glider Pilots    Military Reunions in Dayton, Ohio    

Pages without hyperlinks are under construction.





C-47SkyTrain.jpg (26081 bytes)

Douglas C-47 "Skytrain"

Also known as the "Dakota" by the British


Link to "Air Force Magazine's" specifications on the C-47.


        The Douglas DC-3, designated the "C-47" for U.S. military use, is one of the most successful, if not the most successful, aircraft designs in aviation history.  Durable and capable of taking considerable damage from attacks, the C-47 towed gliders and carried paratroopers into battle during World War II.  Some C-47's used as glider towships, when they went through a U.S. Air Force IRAN Program (Inspect and Repair as Necessary - an aircraft rehabilitation program), after World War II, were found to be as much as four inches longer than the day they left the factory.  This stretch was attributed to the stress of towing gliders.


        C-47's continue to fly in commercial and military service today.  The C-47 saw service in the Korean War and again in Vietnam as a gunship.  A USAF aircraft commander who flew the converted C-47's as gunships in Vietnam reports that some of them still had parts of glider tow assemblies from WWII mounted in the fuselage.  In the late 1950's, my Father once accompanied a Frontier Airlines pilot on his pre-flight inspection of the DC-3 he was about to pilot from Boise, Idaho to Reno, Nevada.  At the aft end of the craft, Dad pointed out to the pilot the remains of a glider tow assembly, something the pilot said they were never told about when qualifying in the aircraft.



C-46CommandoonGround.jpg (29620 bytes)

C-46 Curtis "Commando"


Link to "Air Force Magazine's" specifications on the C-46.



C-47 with invasion markings prominently displayed to allow for easier identification, mostly by ground troops.  These markings were intended to avoid casualties and damage from "friendly fire," following the U.S. Navy's mistaken attack on Allied air convoys carrying troops in the invasion of Sicily.


A C-47 taking off with a Waco in tow.




CG-4ATowLineFrontView.jpg (16650 bytes) Front view of a CG-4A Griswold tow line assembly.  












DoubleTowC-47s.jpg (8243 bytes) C-47s double towing CG-4A's






C-47BailOut.jpg (23092 bytes)

Paratroopers bailing out of C-47s





Liberator - The Thunderbirds.jpg (59277 bytes)

A Liberator - Thunderbird Squadron.  Location unknown.   Bombers were sometimes used as tow  ships.  Photo courtesy of Mary Martin and Troy Wynne - From Donald D. Martin's collection. 



Undignified end for a proud bird

wpe7.jpg (43448 bytes)


The C-47 -- one of the best -- perhaps the best -- aircraft ever to fly

wpe9.gif (84590 bytes)


Back ] Home ] Next ]



Copyright 2000-2022 by T. J. Brennan - All rights reserved.  This website has been set up solely as a memorial to the Glider Pilots of World War Two and has no commercial intent.  Unless otherwise noted, material on this website may be downloaded or copied with prior permission from the website owner for educational and other non-profit purposes.  Any material used from this site must appear in published form (online or otherwise) with proper attribution which must include the full URL link to this website.  Use of any of the material on this website for commercial, economic or for any other similar purpose is prohibited.  For permission, please contact the website owner.