Douglas C-47 Skytrain
The Douglas C-47 Skytrain or RAF Dakota designation is a military transport aircraft. It was used extensively by the Allies during World War II and remained in front line service with various military operators through the 1950s. The C-47 was vital to the success of many Allied campaigns, in particular those at Guadalcanal and in the jungles of New Guinea and Burma where the C-47 (and its naval version, the R4D) made it possible for Allied troops to counter the mobility of the light-traveling Japanese army. Additionally, C-47s were used to airlift supplies to the embattled American forces during the Battle of Bastogne.