Walker Logistics is invoking memories of the D-Day landings in 1944 by undergoing a restoration project of a WW2 aircraft at an airfield site in Berkshire where the company’s 200,000sq ft multi-user warehouse is sited.
The plan is to have the aircraft fully restored and back at Membury for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019.
Membury Airfield was the departure point for hundreds of American troops heading for Normandy to take part in the D-Day landings.
One of the few reminders of that history is an image of one of the iconic C-47 aircraft that took off from Membury during the Normandy campaign that dominates the front entrance to Walker’s facility.
Now a real-life C-47 is being readied for a return to Membury.
The plane was about to be destroyed at an Arkansas scrap yard in 2012 but has been saved and is currently being restored in the Midlands.
“I want to bring it back to ‘base' once again,” said Walker Logistics’ customer relations director Charlie Walker.
And Walker, who holds a commercial airline pilot’s license, intends to fly the historic aircraft ‘home’ himself.
He added: “This is an exciting project and we hope that the return of a fully operational C-47 will be seen as a fitting tribute to the men who took part in the allied invasion of occupied Europe in 1944.”