- 550 blocks
- Includes 2 figures – 1 USAAF pilot and 1 US paratrooper
- Compatible with other leading brands of construction blocks
- Made in Europe
- Illustrated instructions manual included in each set
- Model dimensions (L x W x H): 19.7″ x 2.6″ x 12.6″
- Recommended Ages: 8 and Up
- Part of COBI Historical Collection: World War II series
- Special D-Day 75th Anniversary edition
The Douglas Aircraft Company produced the C-47 beginning in 1941. They based it on the commercial aircraft, the Douglas DC-3. The U.S. Army Air Forces used C-47s to land paratroopers during the D-Day Invasion of Normandy. The C-47 along with the LCVP (Higgins boat), were crucial in transporting American soldiers on June 6, 1944. Moreover, they were used to tow gliders, transport supplies and ammunition, and evacuate the wounded. In addition to the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF), the U.S. Navy flew C-47s during World War II. Our Allies, Britain (Royal Air Force) and Canada (Royal Canadian Air Force) flew C-47s as well.
To learn more about the C-47 from Boeing’s own website click here: C-47 Skytrain Historical Snapshot.
A Wisconsin Veteran’s Story…
During World War II, Donald Denman, from Horicon, WI, served as a Radio Operator on a C-47 Skytrain. He served in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater of Operations as part of the 27th Troop Carrier Squadron. Denman flew an incredible 223 missions from 1943 to 1944 over the Hump in the Himalayas.