Ohio man restoring plane flown in D-Day invasion


FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A former state lawmaker who runs a small airport in northwestern Ohio is setting out to restore a plane that flew during the D-Day invasion.

Rex Damschroder says he hopes to have the DC-3 ready for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019.

And he plans to fly the plane to France for the celebration.

Damschroder operates the Fremont Airport and has been flying for more than 50 years.

He tells the Sandusky Register (http://bit.ly/294g51r ) that the plane transported paratroopers into war.

There’s still a patched bullet hole below a window where soldiers once sat.

He says the plane has a colorful history and that after the war it became an airliner hauling passengers. Later, it was part of a parachute show at Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati.

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Information from: Sandusky Register, http://www.sanduskyregister.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=frontpage?frontpage

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