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A military transport aircraft, the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, or Dakota, was developed from the Douglas DC-3 airliner. It was used extensively by the Allies during World War II and remained in front line operations through the 1950s. The C-47 flew as late as the Vietnam war and few remain in operation today.
The C-47 was vital to the success of many Allied campaigns, in particular those at Guadalcanal and in the jungles of New Guinea and Burma, where C-47 (and its naval version, the R4D) allowed Allied troops to counter the mobility of the light-traveling Japanese army. C-47s also airlifted supplies to embattled American forces during the Battle of Bastogne.
Possibly the aircraft's most influential role in military aviation was flying "The Hump" from India into China.