my long time volunteers, the markings of our C-47 are the D-Day
markings carried by a 92nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th
Troop Carrier Group (Now 439th
Airlift Wing) The C-47 named "Kilroy Is Here" J8
I was part of that squadron.
I have on file a copied page showing a profile drawing of a C-47
with the "Kilroy" markings (above.) The tail number
is 2100521 which was a C-47A-65-DL. The quality of the copy is
not very good, and I cannot read the artist's name."
J. San Romani
am pretty sure Mr. Robert "Bob" Schneider, one of
the museum founders, got the marking information from the
Air Force Museum. I did not realize until sometime later that
I made the width of the letters on our C-47 too narrow."
Howerter, Board chairman, Founding Member, applied most
of Kilroy Is Here markings
This C-47 bears a confirmed
image of Kilroy Was Here as nose art dated during WWII (See the
Curator of the Combat Air Museums comment to the left.) There is,
however, a lot more to her story than just a Sighting!
This Great C-47 was at Normandy during D-Day and probably carried
troops to Operation Market Garden. She dropped paratroops and pulled
gliders and here she is in all her glory proudly displaying Kilroy
is Here and her invasion stripes. She and all C-47s were then used
as ambulances getting the wounded back for care. This is another
documented Sighting of Kilroy during WWII. The C-47 and especially
one named Kilroy is Here was not designed for war, but like her
brethren of the Greatest Generation she answered the call and performed
About all the C-47s
The DC-3/C-47/C-53, and, affectionately: Gooney Bird are all of
the Greatest Generation. They were a little younger than most, conceived
in the early 1930s but born in 1936. The C-47 named Kilroy is Here,
was born in 1943 and went to war when she was delivered to 8th Air
Force in January, 1944 (S/N 42-100521). She and her siblings were
designed for civilian work and got into the war at
a much younger age that her human counterparts -- in a time when
the age of all warriors was very young. Like others of the Greatest
Generation, she was never meant for war but a warrior she became!
Her older brothers the DC-1 and DC-2 (which inspired the B-18 Bolo)
didn't last as long.
Like Kilroy himself C-47s performed in every
combat or, for that matter, every operation throughout the
war. She flew the Hump and supported Operation Torch. She supported
Flying Tigers and played a major role in the Berlin Airlift. She and
especially the C-47 named Kilroy is Here that we are featuring, participated
in D-Day. There seems to be some question about exactly how many were
made but counting all versions, well more than 13,000 can be accounted
She, like the rest of the Greatest Generation, came home from war
and set out making the USA what she became . . . the greatest power
for good ever! And that's just counting the US and her Allies. She
was and is still in use by many other countries. She and her sister
C-47s remained in front line operations through the 1950s and many
remain in operation to this dayincluding Kilroy is Here.
She was mustered
out, discharged and returned home in mid 1945 when shedonned her civilian cloths and received
her N number (N308SF) and soon was flying for Piedmont Airlines.
Click here to see current FAA
Registry Also, see her with remaining "Barely
visible markings." www.MyAviation.net
Click here for another view of her in her new civies by Zane
image for larger view DC-3
N308SF for sale (but not sold) on eBay, July 2008. Text from actual
N308SF for sale
N308SF, serial number 18984, for sale on eBay, by
C.J. Aviation Services LLC, asking price $88,000.00 but highest
bid was 50.100,- and thus remained unsold.
The eBay page offered some interesting details:
"Vehicle Description: 1943 DC-3 that is current Part # 135!
This bird is well maintained and ready to go. Lots of history
with this girl. 1943-46 flew in the war."
Image thanks to Wikipedia Click
image for larger view
History 1943-1945 - 8th Airforce
1946-1952 - flew for several small airlines.
1952 to 1963 again flew for Piedmont Airlines as the Tidewater
1964 to 1984 went to the French Navy(unconfirmed but from
Back to the US in 1984 and has been used for freight ever since.
History incomplete. If you
have more, let me know!
According to city-data.com,
and AircraftDirectory, she
now is registered as: "Aircraft: DOUGLAS C-47 (Fixed wing multi-engine,
Category: Land, Engines: 2, Seats: 32, Weight: 20,000+ Pounds, Speed:
150 mph), Engine: Reciprocating N-Number: 308SF , Serial Number:
18984, Airworthiness Date: 03/26/1953. Registrant (Corporation):
Universal Asset Management Inc, 5350 Poplar Ave., 150, Memphis,