OSHKOSH, Wis. — A plane that led the invasion of Normandy during World War II has been saved from a junkyard and carefully restored in Wisconsin.

The C-47, called “That’s All, Brother,” carried the first paratroopers who stormed the beaches of Normandy. The aircraft led the more than 800 other C-47s also carrying paratroopers.

The plane was lost for 70 years and was accidentally discovered by an Air Force historian at the Basler Turbo Conversions junkyard in Oshkosh in 2015, per WLUK-TV. The group, Commemorative Air Force, started a campaign to restore the aircraft. Employees at Basler have spent more than 22,000 hours restoring “That’s All, Brother” to its former glory.

The group hopes to fly the aircraft over Normandy in 2019 for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The C-47 was lost for 70 years before an Air Force historian found it in a junkyard. (WLUK/Alex Ronallo via AP)
The C-47 was lost for 70 years before an Air Force historian found it in a junkyard. (WLUK/Alex Ronallo via AP)