On On our way home we passed through the region so we made a quick call at 'La Batterie de Merville' where I knew this C-47 had been put on display. The museum had not opened yet and for the distance yet to travel I could not wait until 09:30. So I made do with a few photos over the fence.
History on this warbird: Douglas C-47A-80-DL c/n 19539- With USAAF serial 43-15073 was delivered on 29Jan44 and joined the 8t Air Force, reassigned to the 9th Air Force on 17May44. Assigned a civil registration OK-XDM for Czechoslovak State Airlines (CSA) on 15Feb48, it remained under this identity until disgarded in June 1958.
As 15073 it joined the French Air Force on 01Mar60, until reported for sale at Chateaudun in 1971.
A French tailnumber was assigned: F-BTDF in 1972. Next it was bought on 21Nov72 by the Yugoslav Air Force and flew Tours-Belgrade on11Aug73, subsequently reregistered 71-248. It was damaged and grounded by a machine gun fire on 1994; the wounded warbird remained for 13 yrs at Rajlovac airfield near Sarajevo, in Bosnia.
In November 2007 it was transported to the museum at Merville for restoration.
For more details on the restoration see the website www.6juin1944.com/snafu/index.php