USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Urgin Virgin
C-47A-60-DL 43-30720

435th Troop Carrier Group

Urgin Virgin

After flying men of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment on one of the first waves over Normandy on the night of 6th June 1944 (D-Day) this C47 returned with 67 flak and small arms holes.

Patched up it continued to fly resupply and medivac missions until taking part in the Market Garden operation on the 17th September 1944. The following day it pulled a glider to the drop zone but took such a buffeting from the turbulence that its cargo door was distorted and would not close.

Flying yet another of the many resupply missions on 17th October it crashed and was condemned.

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© Ray Bowden 30 November 2023