LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - During World War 2, the C-47 Skytrain was a workhorse aircraft for all branches of the military. A DeQuincy man served as crew chief on one of those planes. Allen Landry remembers the day he decided to join the Marines during World War II. He was with two of his friends in Jeanerette.
“He said, ‘man we joined the Marines. We’re leaving tomorrow.’ I told them, wait. I’m going to quit my job Friday and I’ll go with ya’ll Monday. ‘Oh no, we’re going today.’”
Landry eventually became a crew chief on a C-47 transport in the South Pacific.
“We transported men and material all over the south islands where we were. I was stationed on Bougainville. That’s the same group as Guadalcanal.”
Close to the war’s end, Landry C-47 had to make a crash landing in the Philippines, as it slid down a bomb damaged runway.
“Then when it came to a stop, still moving, it rolled up and the nose of that plane was about this far from those trees. But anyway, I don’t know. God was good to us.”
The C-47 was vital to the success of the Allied war effort in both the European and Pacific theaters. They remain in active service after World War 2 and saw action in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.