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About the C-47
The C-47 was known to be one of the most vital pieces of equipment that helped the Allies win WWII, remaining in service far after the fighting ended in Europe and the Pacific. (more info below about the C-47).
Many of the paratroopers who jumped from C-47 aircraft into Europe prior to the D-Day invasion trained at Camp Toccoa.
In May of 2017, Camp Toccoa at Currahee was able to acquire one of these iconic C-47 aircraft with the intent to create a display for visitors to view, appreciate and gain a better understanding of what these brave soldiers experienced as paratroopers while paying homage to the significance of this aircraft in their heroic efforts.
The scope of the Project
- Camp Toccoa intends to repair and repaint the aircraft
- Create a park like display with landscape, hardscape and lighting for visitors to view the plane.
Here's how you can help!
Our plans to create the display are ambitious yet doable with your support.
To raise the funds necessary for this project, Camp Toccoa is selling bricks that will be incorporated in the display. The bricks are $50 each and may be lettered in your name or in memory of someone else. Customization consists of 3 lines with 20 total spaces (characters, numbers and spaces) . If you choose NOT to customize the brick, it will be lettered Camp Toccoa at Currahee Project C-47 as shown below. This is a wonderful way to leave a lasting legacy for you or others in support of this important project.
To purchase a brick online, simply:
1) Fill out the form below. Then...
2) Pay for your brick by clicking on the "Buy Now" button below the form. Credit cards accepted for payment.
To purchase a brick with a check, please print out and mail-in the PDF form >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
If you would like to purchase a bulk order of bricks (3 or more, ) kindly contact us.
PROPOSED PROJECT C-47 DISPLAY PLAN
Restoration photo gallery of the C47
Patrick Hall and volunteers from TN. NC and locally have made great strides in the restoration of the C47.
- repaired and treated fuselage and wheel arriage
- primed and painted fuselage and wheel carriage
- turned the wheel carriage over, lifted and placed the fuselage on the wheel carriage
-next steps... install wings, windows and put on display
MORE ABOUT THE C-47
In 1941, a modified version of the DC-3 was chosen by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) as its standard transport aircraft. It could carry 6,000 pounds of cargo or 28 fully outfitted soldiers. If used for medical transport, it could hold up to 14 patient stretchers and three nurses.
Although many different variations were made and used during World War II, the C-47 is most recognized because of its important role in the invasion of Normandy that would spark an end to the War in Europe. With the start of World War II, production switched to the C-47 for the duration of the War with 10,174 built for US operations.
When dropping paratroopers, C-47 squadrons would fly in a “Vs of Vs” formation. Each plane would fly in a three-ship V formation and each V would then fly in a nine-ship V. An eighteen-ship squadron would be two of these nine-ship Vs in trail. A tight formation was important to ensure that the troops landed as one unit in the drop zone.
Before dawn on June 6, 1944, thousands of paratroopers leapt from their C-47s into total darkness behind enemy lines to secure bridges and exit routes ahead of the 156,000 troops that would storm the beaches.