he invasion of Normandy, also known as D-day, was one of the most horrific days in history, but it was also the beginning of the end of a horrific war — World War II. Most of the hundreds of thousands of men, women and children who died on that day remain nameless in the history books. The same is true for the airplanes that led the heroic efforts. The attacks came from several fronts on that fateful day, with ships dropping troops on the beaches of Normandy and airplanes deploying droves of people and ammunition from the skies. Once the war was over, most of those aircraft were destroyed or recommissioned, and their historic significance evaporated like the fuel that burned in their engines. Even some of the most notable airplanes fell into the shadows of the past. There were many types of aircraft used in the massive attack on Normandy, as chronicled in the August 2014 issue of Flying by Robert Goyer, in his article “The Planes of D-day.” The first wave was, by many accounts, a group of more than 800 C-47s deployed from England shortly before midnight on June 5, 1944. The C-47 convoy dropped around 13,000 paratroopers from the skies in the early morning darkness on June 6. Leading the massive group of Dakotas was an airplane named That’s All, Brother, flown by Lt. Col. John M. Donalson, commander of the 87th Troop Carrier Squadron. Donalson had chosen the name as a message to Adolf Hitler that his tenure of tyranny was about to end. After its service in the military, That’s All, Brother switched hands between about a dozen owners. It was modified to a DC-3 configuration and eventually dressed in a Vietnam-era paint scheme, says Joe Enzminger, from the Central Texas Wing, based in San Marcos, Texas, where That’s All, Brother calls home today. Its D-day history was all but forgotten. However, through a string of recent serendipitous events, this historic ship will once again return to Europe to lead a large formation of Dakotas from England to France next year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-day. In 2007, That’s All, Brother was owned by Darrel Massman, of Waupaca, Wisconsin. Vintage-aircraft pilot Doug Rozendaal, who has flown DC-3s and C-47s for about 30 years, had trained the owner, but he had parked it for several years in Casa Grande, Arizona. Eventually, Massman sold the airplane to Basler Turbo Conversions at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The only trace of the airplane’s historical significance was its serial number: 42-92847. Rozendaal and Massman ferried the plane from Arizona to Oshkosh and parked it outside Basler’s hangars. There, it was put in a boneyard and slated for a major turbine conversion.