December 13, 2013

On this day, the National Council of Historical Monuments (CNMH) decided to classify the Douglas C-47 called 'The SNAFU Special' as Historical Monument, after consulting the expert panel, set up by the Ministry of Culture and chaired by Max Armanet, both president of the Heritage Committee of the Aero club of France and of the Scientific Council of the Air and Space Museum at Paris Le Bourget.

In early 2014, 70 years after leaving the factory, the Douglas C-47 #43-15073 is the only C-47 in Normandy to be repainted in the colors she wore in 1944 but also the first aircraft of the second World War to be so classified by the Ministry of Culture.

During his last visit, in June 2013, Eugene M. Noble, who flew this plane in 1945 had declared 'What a beautiful job! Everything has been put in his place, I am touched, it is a great job.'

Of course, the restoration inside the aircraft, by a small team of enthusiasts, is on its way but the next big step will be to put, definitely, the aircraft under a hangar.

The Mayor and president of the association managing the battery, Olivier Paz, announced it for 2016 at the last general meeting of the association.

 

 

 

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