Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby Jonesy on Tue 15 May 2012, 1:57 pm

This years Abingdon Airshow was always going to be a very important time for me after Neil Porter had announced that C-47 Drag 'em oot was going to display. After getting permission from Neil and C-47 owner Paddy Green, I went on a search for a Yak-52 owner who'd be willing to fly me for an air to air shoot with the C-47 on its departure from Abingdon. The saviour came in the form of an Aussie named Colin Short who partly owns G-YAKI and readily agreed to fly me.

The night before the show was also an opportunity too good to miss when I delivered the jeep.

Anyway, C-47 Drag 'em oot 42-100882 is a true veteran of WWII. Assigned to the 87th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, it was based at Greenham Common airfield. On the night of D-Day, Drag 'em oot was to drop paratroopers from the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne to drop zone A where it was aircraft No 2 in Serial 7. Serials 1 to 6 had dropped Pathfinder teams earlier in the night to guide the main body of aircraft to the correct drop zones.

She was also fitted with Model 80 Glider pickup equipment to retrieve assault gliders from the Normandy fields so that they could be re-used for further ops. The specialised pick-up was in great demand especially for the RAF and an agreement was made between the RAF and the USAAF for a straight swap of aircraft and from the 2nd of September 1944 she was in RAF hands. For the rest of the war she participated in Operation Market Garden and Operation Varsity (the largest single airborne operation of WWII where gaining a foothold across the river Rhine was the objective). It is most likely that during these operations, she received the battle damage from flak and ground fire which is still visible inside the aircraft today.

I have a huge interest in the airborne ops of WWII especially during D-Day and it was a privilege to spend some time with a true aviation legend.

Enjoy the photos. :smile:

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A huge thank you to Neil Porter, Colin Short and Paddy Green for literally getting this off the ground and awesome flying from the C-47 crew, John Dodd and Mark Edwards.

Thanks for looking,
Neil.

Oh and if somebody has a spare £1000, would they be willing to donate it so that I can get Drag 'em oot to do a flypast over a new memorial in Normandy which is being unveiled on the 6th of June that I'm assisiting? :whistle:
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby bigcrow on Tue 15 May 2012, 2:02 pm

Superb mate, the A-2-A's are very special... :clap:
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby Koen L on Tue 15 May 2012, 2:24 pm

Fantastic air to air shots Neil. It's nice to see a warbird that looks used rather than factory-fresh.
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby Mr Flibble on Tue 15 May 2012, 2:50 pm

Great story, and superb shooting Neil.
Those air to airs are nothing short of stunning.
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby shaggie on Tue 15 May 2012, 5:24 pm

Great results Mr J
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby RickIngham on Tue 15 May 2012, 5:58 pm

Worth all the effort Neil :clap: Interesting to hear about her past too!
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby lozza on Tue 15 May 2012, 6:32 pm

Best post I have seen in a long time, stunning and a great experience, thanks for sharing :rock:
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby IanH on Tue 15 May 2012, 9:59 pm

Cracking post Neil.....and I thought night shots were good (vert well done to Shaggie and crew for organising/allowing). Good to catch up again after too long.

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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby Rory76 on Wed 16 May 2012, 7:47 am

Anyone know what the mission marks represent? ?The train is intriguing, and is there a difference in the glider missions?
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby Geoffers on Wed 16 May 2012, 10:14 am

Love them all, Neil, but No. 10 made me chuckle with the C-47 passenger can be seen photographing you in the Yak. Any chance of seeing that on here?
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby tankbuster on Wed 16 May 2012, 10:33 am

Brilliant post. One question why the serach for the YAK52? Is that the best photographic platform?
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby Jonesy on Wed 16 May 2012, 10:39 am

tankbuster wrote:Brilliant post. One question why the serach for the YAK52? Is that the best photographic platform?


I'd previously done an air to air from a Yak-52 and got good results. Plus there's quite a few around so I was hoping I could get one fairly easily.

I'd like to see the photos of the Yak from the C-47 too.
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Wed 16 May 2012, 12:32 pm

Lovely set Neil. As good as the air-to-air shots are, my personal favourite is the night shot with your Jeep.
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby Flare Path on Wed 16 May 2012, 3:44 pm

Fantastic! :clap:
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby AlexC on Thu 17 May 2012, 9:29 am

LN Strike Eagle wrote:my personal favourite is the night shot with your Jeep.


Yes, two of Ike's four war winning weapons together. Just needs a bazooka and an atomic bomb to complete the foursome in that great shot!
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby KeroZen on Thu 17 May 2012, 6:39 pm

Superb :yahoo:
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby Jonesy on Thu 17 May 2012, 6:46 pm

AlexC wrote:
LN Strike Eagle wrote:my personal favourite is the night shot with your Jeep.


Yes, two of Ike's four war winning weapons together. Just needs a bazooka and an atomic bomb to complete the foursome in that great shot!


I don't think I can get an atomic bomb but a bazooka...well maybe. :wink:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtL5ECKKlls

I'm the bazooka assistant in the clip.
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby Mike Dodd on Thu 17 May 2012, 7:51 pm

Great shots of a superb example of the C47.
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby agdickie on Fri 18 May 2012, 7:42 pm

Love the first of those air-to-airs; nice topside, contrasty background and a sun-kissed Dak. :drool:
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby Kenny on Sat 19 May 2012, 7:36 am

Beautiful Neil

What a great experience and good to see the jeep in your night shots :smile:
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby FOTO4 on Mon 21 May 2012, 8:38 am

Fantastic
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby Vixen1 on Tue 22 May 2012, 2:08 pm

Wonderful set, the second Jeep shot is just superb. :rock:
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Re: Night and day with Drag 'em oot

Postby 747woody on Tue 22 May 2012, 6:22 pm

Cracking stuff Neil, really like the air-to-airs!
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