History Marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, HISTORY®, Espresso Media International & Nik Coleman TV Are Proud To Announce The UK premiere Of: THE PLANE THAT LED D-DAY
 

On the night of June 5th, 1944, a C-47 paratrooper aircraft, “That’s All, Brother” took off from England, heading for Normandy and a perilous landing behind enemy lines, to clear a passage for the tens of thousands of troops lying in wait, off the coast." data-share-imageurl="">

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Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 16:00
To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, HISTORY®, Espresso Media International & Nik Coleman TV Are Proud To Announce The UK premiere Of: THE PLANE THAT LED D-DAY
 

On the night of June 5th, 1944, a C-47 paratrooper aircraft, “That’s All, Brother” took off from England, heading for Normandy and a perilous landing behind enemy lines, to clear a passage for the tens of thousands of troops lying in wait, off the coast.

Despite surviving the war, this iconic aircraft disappeared from view shortly after. The C-47 that had led the D-Day invasion armada was believed to have either been broken up for parts or, worse still, smelted down for scrap, like thousands of other surplus World War 2 aircrafts.
 
Only by a piece of brilliant historical detective work was “That’s All, Brother” finally discovered, in 2015, and saved for posterity by a unique recovery and restoration project; a project which should culminate in this historic aircraft taking to the skies once more, to recreate her finest hour.
 
Three years in production, The Plane That Led D-day is the epic story of the people and places this aircraft has touched both during its wartime service and on its technical and emotional journey back to the skies.  
 
With unparalleled access to this priceless, one-of-a-kind aircraft, the series reveals the astonishing untold history of the plane that led the main airborne D-Day invasion, the heroes who flew in her, and her salvation by the United States Commemorative Air Force.
 
It traces the incredible story of an American icon; its painstaking reconstruction & hazardous transatlantic mission to honour America’s fallen in Europe. Can she possibly survive a gruelling transatlantic crossing, to once again fly over the beaches of Normandy on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, or will the obstacles to restoring this rusting icon prove too great even for the finest technicians and engineers the US Commemorative Air Force has to offer. All will be revealed on Friday 7th June, at 9pm.
 
Dan Korn, VP of Programming at A+E Networks UK said: This is literally watching history in the making – we are proud to be associated with such a remarkable project, and through “That’s All Brother”, the commemoration of the unforgettable moment Britain, America and their Allies sent their finest to recover Europe from the forces of tyranny and evil.
 
Distributed worldwide by UK-based Espresso Media International, the series has been in production since 2017, in an agreement between aircraft owners, The Commemorative Air Force, and the Norfolk (UK) & Dallas (Texas) based production house NCTV. The US-based Commemorative Air Force is a membership organisation that operates the world’s largest collection of vintage World War II aircraft.
 
David Hooper, MD Espresso Media International said: We are proud to be associated with this astonishing history series from Nik Coleman and his hard-working film team producing a high-end 4K film production on such an important WW2 story with some of the last key veterans. We are also very grateful to the support of A+E Networks UK and their input into the series not just in the UK but in Sweden & Belgium plus through other channels in Europe – Germany (ZDFE), France (Planete) and Australia (Foxtel).
 
A special edited screening of The Plane That Led D-Day was shown at the RAF Museum in Hendon on May 21st in front of an invited audience of distinguished guests and included presentations from the US Ambassador – Robert Wood Johnson, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, RAF Museum CEO Maggie Appleton MBE  and Dan Korn, VP of Programming, A+E Networks UK. The screening was well received.
 
Nik Coleman (Executive Producer) – Nik Coleman TV added: After three years in the making and tens of thousands of miles travelled, we are delighted that Espresso and A+E have found a worthy platform for this important story, on History Channel in many markets.  David and the team at Espresso have worked tirelessly alongside us, and A+E have gone to astonishing lengths to help us bring a critical story of endurance, perseverance and ingenuity to the wider public.
 
World War True Fridays on HISTORY®  honours the 75th anniversary of the Second World War with exclusive programming on the Second World War every Friday at 8pm and 9pm throughout June.  
 
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