A C47 Dakota dropping supplies on Palel airstrip, Burma, 1944 (c).
Photograph, World War Two, Far East (1941-1945), 1944 (c).
The American-built Douglas DC-3, or 'Dakota', was the workhorse of the Allied air war. Over 10,000 were built during the campaign and they were used to transport supplies, troops and vehicles. The DC3's speed, range and carrying capacity made it perfect for the role. Dakotas served in every theatre of the war, notably in Burma, during the D-Day landings and the airborne assault on Arnhem in 1944.
From a collection of 48 photographs relating to the Burma Campaign.
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