Once again, too much research is a bad thing if getting the model completed quickly is the goal. I had planned to model the first CG-4A to land on D-Day and thought I had that all figured out, but then I stumbled on a website that had the real story. Turns out that the airplane they used was switched a week before because the pilot (who would have a BG aboard) thought it better to have an airplane with the Griswold nose modification. The first CG-4A had gotten the drag chute modification instead, it was one or the other because there weren't enough kits to go around. Of course, that meant scratch building the Griswold equipment, and it also meant a whole bunch of new markings which were put on the second CG-4A, making it the most marked up CG-4A of all, I would bet.
Unfortunately being first is not always best. The pilot, LTC Michael Murphey, found himself landing with a 27 mph tailwind into an 800 foot landing area surrounded by trees, not the promised hedgerows, at 4 AM. He landed as planned because to not do so would disrupt the flow of the gliders following. The glider went into the trees on the far side at 50-70 mph. Brigadier General Don Pratt who was strapped in his seat in the jeep died of a broken neck from whiplash. LTC Murphey had broken his leg and ankle, and 2Lt John M Butler, the copilot, was killed in the crash. The last rider was behind the jeep and was not badly hurt.
I did the markings in Corel Draw X6, they were printed with an ALPS MD-1000 and a Dell 1250C color laser printer. Also pictured is the nose section with the Griswold modification, also known as BOGN (bolt on Griswold nose). I am going to have to make sloppy invasion markings on this one, I also came across a video of a fellow with about a 5 inch brush slapping the markings on a CG-4A. Not a pretty sight.