A piece of World War II history flies over Frederick
FREDERICK — A piece of living history has come to Southwest Oklahoma.
June 6, 1944 — a date everyone knows: D-Day.
Thousands of allied soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada and France gathered across the United Kingdom to launch what would be one of the most important battles in history. After a weather delay due to unfavorable conditions on the beaches of Normandy, the soldiers prepared for invasion. Between 130,000-156,000 troops would land on the beaches of Normandy as part of Operation Overlord.
It was a risky plan that would not succeed without the help of Mission Albany, the U.S. airborne mission that dropped 6,600 paratroopers behind enemy lines to help disrupt enemy forces on the eve of the invasion. Leading that drop was a C-47 by the name of “That’s All, Brother.” It carried the men of Headquarters Company 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, many of whom did not return from the war. “That’s All, Brother” led more than 800 aircraft that participated in the Normandy invasion, which would lead to the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany control.