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C-47 is an aircraft that remains a popular favourite and an ackwledged classic design, carrying out missions every bit as strategically important and as dramatic for the aircrew as those of the fighters and bombers. The C-47's wartime operations paved the way for post-war military air transport. It also demonstrated how the USAAF was able to invest in and carry out a mission that it had t devoted much time to preparing for in terms of doctrine pre-war (in contrast to strategic bombing). In addition to linking theatres (by flying across 'the Hump'), it showed how vital it was to operations within a theatre like New Guinea, proving that even if massed airborne invasions were t carried out in the PTO/CBI, all air arms need transports like the C-47. This book examines these popular and vital units.
David C Isby is an experienced author, having written or edited 20 books (including OSPREY Combat Aircraft 54 - C-47/R4D Units of the ETO/MTO) and over 350 articles in journals such as Janes's Intelligence Review and Air Force Monthly. His work on World War 2 military aviation includes Jane's At the Controls - The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (London, 1999, Harper Collins) and editing three volumes of Luftwaffe accounts. He is an experienced pilot (and son of a USAAF C-47 navigator). The author lives in Virginia, USA.