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World War 2 C-47 Transport Plane Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidiver/8325999623/">Masm</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
World War 2 C-47 Transport Plane Photo: Masm, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

WWII troop transport plane will return to Normandy

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) Seventy years after taking part in D-Day, an American transport plane now housed in western New York is being prepared to recreate its role in the mission.

At the invitation of the French government, the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo will fly its Douglas C-47 to France for 70th-anniversary festivities in June. It'll release paratroopers over Sainte-Mere-Eglise, just as it did in 1944 in advance of the amphibious invasion of the Normandy beaches.

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Museum officials believe the plane, known as Whiskey 7 because of its markings, is the only C-47 flying from the U.S.

It will fly in legs, stopping in Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and Germany.

In France, the crew will meet up with one of its original paratroopers, Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr., who lives outside Philadelphia.

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