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Old 14-04-2016, 10:36 PM   #64
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British Gliders And Planes Landing (1943)..
On 5 June 2004, as part of the 60th anniversary commemoration of D-Day, Prince Charles unveiled a replica Horsa on the site of the first landing at Pegasus Bridge, and talked with Jim Wallwork a British soldier, the first pilot of the first Horsa glider to land at Pegasus Bridge in the early hours of D-Day, 6 June 1944, during the Second World War..This achievement was described as "the greatest feat of flying of the second world war" by Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory..Staff Sergeant James Horley Wallwork DFM (21 October 1919 – 24 January 2013)..Although most noted for his part in the Battle of Normandy, Wallwork flew gliders in every major British airborne operation of the Second World War..These also included the Sicily landings, Arnhem and the Rhine Crossings..After the war he worked as a salesman and then in 1956 he emigrated to British Columbia east of Vancouver..

I am Towing-Paratroops leaving an Airspeed Horsa Glider..

The Horsa, given the designation of AS 51, was produced to meet Specification X.26/40 issued on 12 October 1940.. Initially it was planned that the Horsa would be used to transport paratroopers who would jump from doors installed on either side of the fuselage, and that the actual landing would be a secondary role; however the idea was soon dropped, and it was decided to simply have the glider land airborne troops..With up to 30 troop seats, the Horsa was much bigger than the 13-troop American Waco CG-4A ( Hadrian by the British), and the 8-troop General Aircraft Hotspur glider which was intended for training duties only..

The Horsa was first used operationally on the night of 19/20 November 1942 in the unsuccessful attack on the German Heavy Water Plant at Rjukan in Norway (Operation Freshman)..The 2 Horsa gliders, each carrying 15 sappers, and one of the Halifax tug aircraft, crashed in Norway due to bad weather..All 23 survivors from the glider crashes were executed on the orders of Hitler, in a flagrant beach of the Geneva Convention which protects POWs from summary execution..On 10 July 1943, 27 surviving Horsas were used in Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily..The first units to land in France, during the Battle of Normandy, was a coup de main force carried by 6 Horsas that captured Pegasus Bridge in Operation Deadstick, over the Caen canal, and a further bridge over the River Orne..Large numbers were also used for Operation Dragoon and Operation Market Garden, both in 1944, and Operation Varsity in March 1945; the final operation for the Horsa when 440 gliders carried soldiers of the 6th Airborne Division across the Rhine... two have a date?..With an orchestra, the Jesuits could have subdued the entire continent..Well countries align more swiftly than people..Two patrols have been sent...

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