2174Local GVRD connection to legendary WW II feat of arms
- 21 Mar, 2013Gentles all,
I share this because I find many wargamers are also history buffs, and thought some might find this interesting.
Just finished reading Stephen Ambroses' book "Pegasus Bridge" which details the exploits of 6 Para on D-Day. Whilst doing a bit of follow-up research, I was surprised but saddened to read this very recent obituary for Jim Wallwork, who piloted Glider 1 that evening: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theprovince/obituary.aspx?pid=162646160#fbLoggedOut
Wallwork also flew gliders in the invasion of Sicily (where disaster struck 65 of the 150 gliders), D-Day, Market Garden (Arnhem Bridge, and Operation Varsity). Wallwork also has the peculiar honor of being the first allied soldier to touch French soil on D-day...although he was unconscious at the time, having been launched through the front of the glider upon landing.
More on Wallwork, here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/jim-wallwork-decorated-glider-pilot-who-took-part-in-dday-and-operation-market-garden-8471686.html
Godspeed Staff Sargeant Wallwork...Godspeed.
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