Historic D-Day plane visited Camarillo

The aircraft was named “That’s All, Brother” by the aircrew. Photos by Janie Tan and Kevin Jackson

The Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Aviation and War Museum at the Camarillo Airport hosted the historic C-47A Skytrain named That’s All, Brother on Sept. 27-Oct. 1. This historical World War II aircraft led the Allies’ main airborne invasion over Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

That’s All, Brother was the C-47A troop carrier aircraft that led the airborne invasion on D-Day, June 6, 1944, carrying 101st Airborne Division paratroopers into France during the D-Day invasion. The aircraft was named “That’s All, Brother” by the aircrew, who felt it was a fitting message to Adolf Hitler. Following D-Day, That’s All, Brother” served in Operation Dragoon, Operation Market Garden, the Relief of Bastogne, and Operation Varsity. After the War, the aircraft was sold as surplus, and its contribution to history was almost forgotten. In 2015, the Commemorative Air Force rescued the aircraft from a boneyard, completed a lengthy restoration to get it flying, and returned it to its World War II configuration. In June 2019, the aircraft returned to England and France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day (flying over Omaha Beach on June 6, 2019). The aircraft plans to return to Europe for the 80th anniversary of D-Day commemorations in June 2024.

For more information about events and activities at the Commemorative Air Force Museum at Camarillo Airport, visit www.CAFSoCal.com.

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