NIGHT FRIGHT

'NIGHT FRIGHT'  R.BLYSETH © 2014.  PRINT WILL NOT HAVE VISIBLE WATERMARK

'NIGHT FRIGHT'  R.BLYSETH © 2014.  PRINT WILL NOT HAVE VISIBLE WATERMARK

NIGHT FRIGHT

Depicted is "Night Fright', a C-47 that served in the 436th TCG, 79th TCS in the European theatre, her pilot being William K. Watson.  This aircraft flew missions on D-Day along with operation Market Garden and Varsity to name a few.  She was used as both an airborne troop transport as well as on glider tow missions like seen here with Waco CG-4A gliders.

On D-Day "Night Fright' returned to her home airfield with over one hundred bullet holes along with one massive hole from a twenty millimeter shell that passed through the cabin between the S and the 6.  The shell passed between the legs of the flight engineer and miraculously did not explode.   

'Night Fright' still survives after many years of service in numerous roles and is currently being restored to her former colors and glory and will return to Membury Airfield in Berkshire, England where she was based during the war.