Sitation Normal: All Fucked Up
February 1, 2008 12:58 PM Subscribe
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Back in July 1994, a patrol of French blue helmets discovered, to their utter bemusement, a derelict Douglas C-47 "Dakota"
in the midst of MiG carcasses in the Rajlovac
airfield in Bosnia. They were intrigued enough to write down its serial number: Serial Nr. 43/15073 turned out to be a veteran of Normandy
, Market Garden
, the Bulge
, and the Rhine
Now SNAFU Special
is back in Normandy, where it is being restored to become a centerpiece of the Merville Battery Museum
After the war, SNAFU Special had been successively owned by the Czechoslovak airline CSA, the French Air Force, and the Yugoslav Air Force. Damaged on the ground by Serbian forces during the Bosnian war, it became after its rediscovery a bar for the French helicopter detachment.
In 2007, the Bosnian government handed it over as a gift to France. In a nice historical touch, German engineering troops from EUFOR
assisted to its transport.