About C-47 N5106X (Slot 2)

 

"Sky King" is a rare piece of American History and National Treasure. Thanks to the incredible research effort by David Elliott, it has become evident that  "Sky King"  is the most historically documented combat aircraft of WWII still flying in the world today.        

Serial No. 42-32832 (C/N 9058) - Built at Long Beach, CA in 1942 and Delivered to U.S. Army Air Corp on February 11, 1943.  Assigned to the 53rd Troop Carrier Squadron (3A)    

It was flown via the Southern Route to North Africa where it  participated in the very first US paratroop mission of WWII (Operation Husky) that took place on July 9, 1943.    It flew the 2nd combat mission of Husky on July 11, 1943 where it was badly damaged and during that mission at least 25 C-47's were shot down, most by friendly fire. It went on to fly the invasion of Italy (Avalanche).  It's 4th combat mission was the invasion of France (D-Day / Operation Overlord) where it carried 18 paratroopers from the 507th.  We have the jump roster for this mission detailing paratroopers and supplies carried. It went on to fly three combat missions during the invasion of Holland (Operation Market Garden) which included; a parachute drop, a glider tow, and a bundle drop. 

It went on to fly the very last paratroop mission of WWII into Germany (Varsity). It flew hundreds of supply and hospital missions in-between the eight "behind the lines" combat missions. We are so very fortunate to have the pilots diary (Don King)  that details, each combat mission and some of the supply missions. 

In addition to the detailed diary, the King family has provided copies of Don's personal log book that documents every takeoff and landing made from the United States thru Operation Market Garden. You won't want to miss the Warbirds & Legends event in Topeka as it is planned that we are bringing several very special guests. Don King's wife "Shirley"  along with their sons and daughter will be on board "Sky King".  In addition, Gerald Parker and his wife Beverly will be with us. Gerald actually flew this serial number on some supply missions in North Africa.         

After the war, this plane was converted to a DC-3 and flown by General Motors as  a corporate plane for 30 years. Restored in 2009, it is now based in Mt. Pleasant Texas with the mission to keep history alive so that we may never forget the sacrifices  made by  the "Greatest Generation".  

 

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