Australia, Britain, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Soviet Union, and the United States used the C-47.
DC-3 First Use
American Airways first used the DC-3 in June 1936 for its New York to Chicago line.
The British gave the C-47 the nickname "Dakota."
25 Royal Air Force (RAF) squadrons were outfitted with 1,845 / 1,895 / ~2,000 Dakotas.
There were 50 RAF and Commonwealth squadrons outfitted with the C-47.
There were 34 groups that were equipped with the C-47.
After World War II
The United States Air Force still had over 1,000 C-47s in use as late as 1961.
The last Royal Air Force Dakota was withdrawn from service on April 4, 1970.
A War Winner
When asked about the key equipment used to win World War II, Dwight Eisenhower said "The bazooka, the jeep, the atom bomb, and the DC-3."
Nakajima built the L2D, code named Tabby by the Allies.
During the Vietnam War some C-47s were converted into minigun platforms by installing heavy weapons in the fuselage.