22 August 2019
Corgi Douglas Dakota C-47A Skytrain 42-92847 ‘That’s All Brother’, 438th Troop Carrier Group, RAF Greenham Common, 5th/6th June 1944 – Lead D-Day aircraft
At RAF Greenham Common during the late evening of 5th June 1944, paratroopers of the US 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions climbed aboard hundreds of Douglas C-47 Skytrains, as they prepared to drop behind German lines in advance of the main seaborne invasion force, the spearhead of Operation Overlord. At the head of this mighty air armada and the aircraft which effectively launched D-Day, Douglas C-47A ‘That’s All Brother’ would lead a force of over 800 Skytrains over the next few hours, as she navigated through thick cloud and German defensive fire to deliver her precious cargo of brave paratroopers onto their designated drop zones in Normandy and the opening combat operations of D-Day.
Corgi's marvellous tribute to this incredibly important aircraft (which is still flying today and took part in the recent commemorative flights over France) is an absolutely stunner.
The finish is exemplary with the drab military paintwork correctly applied with a suitably matt feel, and the markings are excellent - good and crisp where they should be but with a marvellous hand-painted look to the invasion stripes, as they were in reality of course.
It comes supplied with a stand and optional undercarriage parts to display up or down and the overall look is enhanced with some fine aerials to either side of the cockpit. So to suitably sign off from this months's reviews... "That's all, brother"!