In the two months leading up to and preparing for D-day, the allied air forces lost around 2,000 planes, and 12,000 men.
I always like the look of the P-47 with the D-Day Stripes. Big, mean, and not afraid of being conspicuous.
Picture from the Hill Air Force Base website. I would have put up my own picture of this very same plane and from this very same angle, but blogger is crapping out again and won't let me load any pictures.