SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Bosnia will donate a plane involved in the D-Day Normandy operation to France, officials said Tuesday.
It is a Douglas C-47 transport plane named Dakota 43-15073, Bosnia's government said. It was built in 1944 in Long Beach, California, and was used to transport troops to Normandy on D-Day.
By the end of World War II, it was sold to the Czechoslovakian air fleet, which used it for civilian purposes. In 1960, the plane was then sold to the French air force, which in 1973 sold it to the Yugoslav air force. The Yugoslav Army parked it at its military base in Rajlovac, near Sarajevo, where it stayed throughout the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
The Rajlovac base has since been used by German peacekeepers as their headquarters. German troops are now preparing the aircraft for transport to France