One of the most famous C-47 paratrooper transports in history is the one that ferried soldiers during World War II’s D-Day mission, with the slogan, directly aimed at Hitler, “That’s All… Brother” emblazoned on its side. This slogan came to represent the indomitable spirit of the Allied Forces.
After World War II, the aircraft disappeared… until 2015, when two USAF historians discovered that a C-47 Skytrain set to be disassembled was actually that C-47.
Their discovery led to the Commemorative Air-Force (CAF), a Texas-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving American aviation history, raising funds to restore “That’s All… Brother” to its original D-Day configuration.
During this restoration, the CAF approached TOCKR, after hearing about their C-47 inspired watches, to get involved. Austin Ivey, the founder of TOCKR and a fellow Texan, decided to take the original aluminum from the body of the plane and put it on the dials for a special edition of the C-47. Each piece of salvage metal is different inch to inch, so these dials are essentially one of a kind. Each watch is individually numbered and engraved on the caseback is the logo of the CAF and the Allied Forces message to Hitler, “That’s All… Brother”.
Well, the first batch of 100 watches, launched in October exclusively to CAF members and then opened to the public in November, sold out by mid-December.
So, now TOCKR is bringing out another batch of 100 limited edition watches, on sale in January 2019. A portion of every sale of these special watches (which retail for $1,990) goes to the CAF.
“We are thrilled that the public has responded so well to what we know to be a really significant, special timepiece, and we are excited to release another batch to continue to meet the high demand,” says Ivey in an exclusive interview with Revolution.Watch.
In 2019, thanks to the efforts of the CAF, TOCKR and other supporters, the “That’s All, Brother” C-47 will return to the skies over Normandy for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, retracing the path from the United States to England and on to Normandy.