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The transport aircraft for the airborne invasion

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The Ju52 was the aircraft used to transport the paratroops for the airborne assaults, but was also used to land troops on the airfields.  The aircraft had also been used as bombers in some areas, going back to the operations in the Spanish Civil War of 1936.  The aircraft had a distinctive corrugated metal skin, which is easily seen in the photos below.  This made them strong and allowed them to take a fair bit of punishment.  They were slow aircraft, their three radial motors only allowing a cruise speed of some 150 mph.  Each aircraft could carry some 15 paratroops.

A Ju52 is loaded up prior to departure from Greece for Crete.  The door is the one the paratroops will exit from when they make their jumps.
Photo from "Oldprops.co.uk"
Photo from "Oldprops.co.uk"
An early photo over the Alps
Photo from Lufthansa site
The aircraft kept flying by Lufthansa, which does take passengers on "classic" flights.  This shot gives a good view of the distinctive tri-motor arrangement for the engines.
Photo from Lufthansa site

Photo taken at IWM Duxford, June 2003.  A nicely restored example.  J Dillon