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Plane used in Normandy invasion set for July 4 flyover in Ellicottville

ELLICOTTVILLE – A C-47 cargo plane that carried troops to France for the invasion of Normandy during World War II will make an appearance during Saturday’s Independence Day festivities at the Ellicottville Summer Music Festival.

“Whiskey 7” will perform a flyover Saturday night, as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra plays its Salute to the Armed Forces. Tickets for the show, which starts at 8 p.m., are $35 each and are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 9 W. Washington St.; at; and all area Wegmans.

Whiskey 7 was the lead aircraft in the second wave into Normandy on June 6, 1944, carrying troops from the 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. The plane’s drop zone was the Village of St. Mere Eglise.

The plane was sold to a commercial airline after the war, carrying a DC-3 designation, then bought by a private investor in 1993 and restored to military specifications.