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WWII warplane to return to Normandy

Geneseo, N.Y. (AP) -- Seventy years after taking part in D-Day, an American transport plane now housed in Livingston County will be prepared to recreate its role in the mission.

At the invitation of the French government, the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo will fly its Douglas C-47 to France for 70th anniversary festivities in June. It will release paratroopers over Sainte-Mere-Eglise, just as it did in 1944 in advance of the amphibious invasion of the Normandy beaches during World War II.

Museum officials believe the plane, known as Whiskey 7 because of its markings, is the only C-47 flying from the U.S.

It will fly in legs, stopping in Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and Germany.

In France, the crew will meet up with one of its original paratroopers, Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr., who lives outside Philadelphia.

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