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Save the Airplane that Led the D-Day Invasion

A project in by Commemorative Air Force

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The plane that led the airborne invasion on D-Day has been rediscovered. With your help we can rescue a priceless piece of history.
Backers: 2106
Average Pledge Per Backer: $156

Funded: $328,736 of $75,000
Dates: Jun 3rd -> Jul 5th (32 days)
Project By: Commemorative Air Force
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Latest News

Amazing last minute pledge received

July 5th - via:
WOOHOO!!!   Because of you, we met the final stretch goal on our way to restoring "That's All, Brother". Thank you - we did this Together! Literally in the last few minutes, I received an amazing email from Janne Andersson, a CAF supporter that... (Read More)

Video update

July 4th - via:
Our Director of Operations David Oliver was in Wisconsin earlier this week to inspect That's All, Brother and work on the airplane's restoration plan.  He sent back a quick video update.  36 hours to go and less than $10,000 is required to make... (Read More)

Unboxing the clickers!

July 2nd - via:
A big parcel arrived from England! Wait... my name isn't Wile E. Coyote! This certificate comes with each clicker Stamped from solid brass. Beautiful. History in your hands! The box contained a few more crickets than expected so we have made these... (Read More)

'That's All Brother' Kickstarter campaign in its final days

June 30th - via:
As most WarbirdsNews readers well know, the Commemorative Air Force’s efforts to obtain and restore the lead C-47A Skytrain from the D-Day invasion is progressing very well indeed. The Kickstarter campaign realized its original goal of US$75,000 for the acquisition cost just over a day after its initiation, and we are happy to announce that the program has passed the US$250,000 milestone extension! (Read More)

A message from CAF President Steve Brown

June 28th - via:
Wow. Twenty-four days ago, when we launched this Kickstarter campaign, it was a step into the unknown. We knew that a minimum of $75,000 was needed to save That’s All, Brother – and were determined to find it somehow. But would other people be... (Read More)

Research trip to Alabama

June 28th - via:
The CAF’s Curator, Keegan Chetwynd, has been busy tracing the history of That’s All, Brother and this led him to make a productive visit to the Birmingham, Alabama area last week.   He first met up with a couple of very important people in the... (Read More)

Is this the dog that led the D-Day invasion?

June 24th - via:
Today is National Take Your Dog to Work Day, so an appropriate time to tell the ultimate story of someone that took his dog to work! Here's an extract from the diary of Charles Lusher, chaplain with the 438th Troop Carrier Group: "The last of the... (Read More)

Painting the D-Day Stripes

June 23rd - via:
In the months leading up to Operation Overlord, planners realized the skies on D-day would be so crowded that Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), the electronic system for identifying friendly aircraft, would be overwhelmed. To avoid friendly fire... (Read More)

0044 Hours, June 6, 1944

June 19th - via:
Feast your eyes on this dramatic painting sent earlier today by renowned aviation artist Ron Cole. It shows That’s All, Brother arriving over Normandy at exactly 0044 hours on June 6, 1944. All we can say is “wow”!!! How can we possibly say... (Read More)

The work has begun!

June 18th - via:
Many thanks to Ryne Treatch for sending this photo of That's All, Brother after she was brought into the shop today at Basler Turbo Conversions, where Ryne works. Thanks to the AMAZING support from all you Kickstarter backers, we're able to get an... (Read More)

Crew Photo discovered!

June 17th - via:
We were very excited to receive several wartime photographs from the family of Barney Blankenship, co-pilot of That's All, Brother. The photo shown above is particularly interesting, as we believe it shows the full crew in front of the airplane.... (Read More)

Did “Old Moe” jump from That’s All, Brother?

June 14th - via:
Piece by piece, the story of That’s All, Brother is coming back together. Since our last update we have unearthed some exciting new information about who jumped from the airplane on D-Day. Everything is pointing to the likelihood that Colonel... (Read More)

Jumping Jesus!

June 11th - via:
About fifteen brave men jumped into Normandy from That’s All, Brother on D-Day. We know they were with the 2nd Battalion of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. But all efforts to locate the official jump manifest for the airplane have... (Read More)

Connecting with Family Members

June 8th - via:
The widespread publicity around this Kickstarter campaign has created some wonderful connections that are helping us learn more about the airplane and its history. It has been a delight to hear from Matt Scales, the researcher that rediscovered... (Read More)

Exciting Campaign Media Coverage

June 5th - via:
Paul Harrop of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) talks with Adam Smith about restoring the C-47 that led the D-Day invasion - "That's All, Brother". Click here to view the interview.  Tonight at 8pm Eastern Standard Time (USA) tune in... (Read More)


June 4th - via:
Thanks to an AMAZING response the $75,000 fundraising goal has been met in less than two days. Wow!!! Thank you for making the effort to save That’s All, Brother one of the top 10 Kickstarter campaigns in the world! Most importantly, thank you for... (Read More)

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