A+E Networks-owned cable net History will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day tonight with a three-part docuseries on the British paratrooper plane that led the charge in Normandy.
On June 5, 1944, the C-47 paratrooper aircraft That’s All, Brother took off for the front line in France, and despite surviving the battle, the aircraft mysteriously disappeared, believed to have been broken up for parts or smelted down for scrap, like thousands of other surplus WWII aircraft.
Then in 2015, That’s All, Brother was rediscovered and saved for posterity by a unique recovery and restoration project that would eventually lead to the plane taking to the skies in a recreation of its historic role on D-Day.
The Plane that Led D-Day tells the story of That’s All, Brother, its role on D-Day and the people who worked on restoring it.
The series is produced by Espresso Media International for History. Espresso is distributing it worldwide. Nik Coleman serves as executive producer.
“After three years in the making and tens of thousands of miles travelled, we are delighted that Espresso and A+E have found a worthy platform for this important story, on History Channel in many markets,” said Coleman, in a statement. “David [Hooper, managing director of Espresso] and the team at Espresso have worked tirelessly alongside us, and A+E have gone to astonishing lengths to help us bring a critical story of endurance, perseverance and ingenuity to the wider public.”
The Plane that Led D-Day premieres tonight (June 7) at 9 p.m. on History in the UK as part of the ‘World War True Fridays’ strand.