Wednesday, November 14, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (November 14,2007) - Bosnian officials announced yesterday that Bosnia will present a plane involved in the D-Day Normandy operation to the Merville Battery Association , a French D-Day Museum.

The aircraft is a Douglas C-47 named Dakota 43-15073, built in 1944 in Long Beach, California,USA, and was voted to be presented by the Bosnian State Presidency during its session on Monday.

The pronouncement shows strong ties between Bosnia, France and the United States, where the plane was built.

The historic plane was used to move troops to Normandy on D-Day.It was sold to the Czechoslovakian air fleet, when the World War II ended.

In 1960, the plane was then sold to the France, which in 1973 sold it to Yugoslavia.

Throughout the 1992-1995 Serbian,Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions against Bosnia the plane stayed at the Bosnian Airbase in Rajlovac,near the Bosnian capital Sarajevo.

A Douglas C-47 , seen in this September 2007 file picture, laid for 13 years in a parking bay at the Bosnian Airbase in Rajlovac near the Bosnian capital Sarajevo. The plane, under the U S Army Air Force, took part in the invasions of Normandy and of the Provence, the Arnhem operation and the siege of Bastogne, as well as the clearing of the river Rhine.The Merville Battery Association , a French D-Day museum, want to save it and transport it from Bosnia to France within few weeks.

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