The background to the aircraft project is that in December 2012 a potential C-47 Skytrain was identified in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. This was the very same airfield that she had flown to at the end of hostilities on 30 October 1945 when transferred to the Reconstruction Finance Company by the US Air Force. N308SF had gone full circle, had 52,000 hours on the clock to prove it and was potentially facing being scrapped.
The plane’s wartime history was confirmed with help from local historian Roger Day (Author of Membury at War) and it was clear that this C-47 was 42-100521, formerly of the 79th TCS, 436th TCG and nicknamed ‘Night Fright’ by her pilot. And she had definitely flown from Membury Airfield.
The aircraft was purchased by Philip & Charlie Walker and was flown from Walnut Ridge to Punta Gorda Florida where the wings were removed to allow for road transport to Shell Creek, Florida for refurbishment to commence. Even though she was converted to cargo configuration and the interior bulkheads were removed, most likely while in service with the French Aeronavale, the aircraft still retains a number of rare features including all of the exterior formation-flying lights and many patch-repairs due to battle damage received during her service in the Army Air Force.
In 2016 the aircraft, still in an unfinished state, was prepared for containerisation and shipping to the UK, which was completed in March 2016 and Night Fright returned to England. More details about this project is available in the article here