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Douglas Aircraft C-47A Transport

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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
1. Douglas Aircraft C-47A Transport Marker
Inscription.  This twin-engine 1943 Douglas Aircraft product, the military version of the DC-3, is believed to have been used by the United Sates Army Air Force in the World War II invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

The plane is painted in camouflage with invasion stripes. The stripes placed on allied aircraft used to D-Day helped to identify them so they would not be subject to friendly fire.

Troops serving in the South Pacific nicknamed this type of aircraft "Gooney Bird" after a bird found on Midway Island. In contrast to the birds' awkwardness when taking flight from land, the C-47A proved both agile and dependable.

After its war service, this particular plane was used in commercial passenger service in Nevada until reacquired by military for use by the 131st Tactical Fighter Group of the Missouri Air National Guard.

The National Guard used "Old 635" for 22 years, until its retirement in 1972. The plane supported annual summer encampment, as well as cargo and emergency medical missions, with its ability to land and take off on comparatively short fields.

Douglas Aircraft C-47A Transport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
2. Douglas Aircraft C-47A Transport Marker
The aircraft hosted many notables in its career. The late president, Harry S. Truman, several Missouri congressmen, numerous governors and other elected officials all enjoyed flights on the "Gooney" over her years of service. The plane is currently on loan to MOT from the U.S. Air Force Museum.
 
Erected by Museum of Transportation.
 
Location. 38° 34.364′ N, 90° 27.683′ W. Marker is near St. Louis, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker can be reached from Barrett Station Road east of Old Dougherty Ferry Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2933 Barrett Station Road, Saint Louis MO 63122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tow Boat H.T. Pott (within shouting distance of this marker); The H.T. Pott Towboat (within shouting distance of this marker); #2 (within shouting distance of this marker); #900081 (within shouting distance of this marker); #6944 (within shouting distance of this marker); Illinois Terminal Neon Sign (within shouting distance of this marker); #4006 (within shouting distance of this marker); #95589 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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