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The Glider Pilot Regiment was a British airborne forces unit of the Second World War responsible for crewing the British Army's military gliders. It saw action in support of Allied airborne operations. Established in 1942, the regiment was disbanded in 1957. Its motto was proven by its record in the field: 'Nothing Is Impossible'. As an elite regiment of the British Army, members were primarily volunteers from other parts of the Army, though the RAF also contributed pilots. The highest standards were applied in flying training, initially on powered aircraft before learning to fly gliders. Glider pilots would only have one chance of landing in the correct spot and this called for a high degree of airmanship.

Once fully qualified, they would fly unpowered aircraft capable of carrying everything from troops to light tanks. They would achieve extraordinary feats of flying, landing on unprepared landing zones behind enemy lines, and taking up arms to fight beside the troops they carried into battle. After landing they operated as infantry and even sometimes medics and became known as 'Total Soldiers'. The Glider Pilot Regiment participated in some of the most influential turning points in the War including the invasion of Sicily, D-Day (memorably the action at Pegasus Bridge) and Operation Market Garden.

In post-war years The Regiment saw action in Palestine, and participated in the Berlin Airlift as well as serving on Operation Firedog in Malaya.

There is a specialist site dedicated to this elite band of warriors The Glider Pilot Regiment Society

As part of the excellent Pegasus Archive, there are many first-person action reports from members of the Glider Pilot Regiment here.

See also Paradata: living history of Airborne Forces

The Assault Glider Trust has a splendid site covering a number of topics including the restoration of a Horsa glider.

Missing Soldiers in the Netherlands information on the Glider Pilot Regiment is here

Excellent information on US glider operations is at ww2gp.org/eight-missions.php. This is a huge and comprehensive site.

Operations Covered in Database:Ladbroke, Fustian, Market Garden, Varsity, Elaborate, Overlord, Tonga, Mallard, Beggar, Turkey Buzzard, Freshman, Firedog, Dragoon, Planefare.


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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankService No.AgeDutyAwardsServiceCommandComponentsDateOfDeath (↑)Glider DetailsTheatreOperationTaskGlider Crew•••••••••CauseofDeath•••••••••Regiment in 1939BornResided**********Family*********Buried/CommemoratedNotesPhotoLinks
1 AnkersAlfred MichaelFlying Officer16392923RAF Both Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron 1945-03-24Horsa Glider No.273Operation VARSITY Airborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O A M Ankers, SSgt J B Spowart Shot by sniper just after landing Horsa Glider No.273. Found propped up against the wheel of his glider by American troops. First buried US Military Cemetery Margaraten Venray War Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands. Plot V Row F Grave 6
2 ArmstrongJosephTrooper453004139Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Tpr J ArmstrongWest Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)Newcastle-upon-Tyne Northumberland EnglandNewcastle-upon-Tyne Northumberland EnglandSon of William and Polly Armstrong; husband of Beatrice Armstrong, of York.Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row B Grave 5
3 AstorJeffrey FrederickSergeant1443120719Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron, 1st Wing2045-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt J F AstorBlackpool Lancashire EnglandBlackpool Lancashire EnglandSon of Harry and Florence Astor, of Blackpool, LancashireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 38 Row D Grave 6
4 AustinMauriceFlying Officer16439721Glider PilotRAFVR Both Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O M AustinKilled by friendly fire.Originally buried at Hamminkeln, later reburied in Reichswald War Cemetery Son of T W and Ida Alice Austin, of Waterhouses, StaffordshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 2 Row C Grave 17
5 BennettJohn Phillip 'Jack'Sergeant318588630Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt J P BennettKing's Own Scottish Borderers Kent England London W EnglandSon of Sydney and Amelia Bennett; husband of Joyce Bennett, of Brockley, LondonReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row A Grave 4
6 BondDennis LangdownFlight Sergeant180385222Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O J S Haig, FSgt D L BondFound near wreckage of his glider Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 39 Row A Grave 10
7 BowlerKenneth WFlight Sergeant167342520Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), A Squadron1945-03-24Horsa Glider PW 231Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 FSgt K W BowlerKilled when Horsa Glider PW 231 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed, Flight Sgt Bowler and his second pilot were killed by advancing enemy forces Son of Wilfred Bowler, and of Edith Bowler, of Hadfield, DerbyshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Coll. Grave 34. A. 1-11
8 BrightGeoffreyStaff Sergeant538825425Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), A Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 SSgt G Bright Nottinghamshire England Nottinghamshire EnglandSon of Walter and Clarice May Bright; husband of Doris Doreen Bright, of Stonesfield, OxfordshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 38 Row B Grave 2
9 BruceEdward OsborneSergeant212054331Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt E O BruceOriginally reported missing Middlesex England Middlesex EnglandSon of William Edward and Alice Sophia Bruce; husband of Sylvia Bruce, of Southall, MiddlesexGroesbeek Memorial, Gelderland, Netherlands. Panel 8
10 CarrAngus Montgomery DingwallCaptain7431334Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot Regiment Both Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron, 1st Wing 1945-03-24Glider 1 Western Europe Campaign 1944-45 Operation VARSITY Airborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Capt A M Carr (Co-pilot possibly Lt G.J. D'Arcy-Clark also killed) Glider took off from Birch and suffered a direct hit by flak, presumably ammunition or explosives on board blew up and it broke up in mid-air and all occupants killed Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's) London England Stirling Stirlingshire Scotland Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row A Grave 9
11 CattLeslie John TeddySergeant640044522Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), A Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Glider XX 909Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt L J T Catt, FSgt W G McInnesFlew Glider XX 909 when it was hit by flak and crashed in the Hamminkeln area. He was originally buried at the crash siteRoyal Sussex Regiment Sussex England Sussex EnglandSon of Gabriel John and Margaret Catt, of Ore, Hastings, Sussex; husband of Pauline May Catt, of East Hendred, BerkshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 39 Row C Grave 2
12 ClarkMaurice RobertFlight Lieutenant11975924Glider PilotRAFVR Both Wings (7 Squadrons), A Squadron1945-03-24Horsa RN 375Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 FLt M R Clark, SSgt G R EvansFlying glider RN 375 when it crashed in the area of Hamminkeln, four miles south of Dingen, four miles due south of Bochult Son of William Robert and Caroline Clark; husband of Joan May Clark, of Darlington, Co. DurhamReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 21 Row G Grave 18
13 CollinsGeoffrey HSergeant287966425Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot Regiment Both Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron, 1st Wing 1945-03-24Glider 2 Western Europe Campaign 1944-45 Operation VARSITY Airborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt G H Collins (Co-pilot SSgt W.F. Rowland wounded) Glider 2 hit by flak on descent. Middlesex England Berkshire England Son of Owen Hyman Collins and Gertrude Olive Collins, of Ascot, Berkshire Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row A Grave 3
14 CookEdwinFlying Officer15090421Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), A Squadron1945-03-24Horsa EX 931Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O E CookFlying glider EX 931 which crashed in the area of Hamminkeln, five miles north of Wesel Son of Alfred and Florence Cook; husband of Ellen Wilson Cook, of Crail, Fife, ScotlandReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 1 Row G Grave 12
15 CoomberHerbert WalterSergeant726400922Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot Regiment Both Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron, 1st Wing 1945-03-24 Western Europe Campaign 1944-45 Operation VARSITY Airborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt H W CoomberRoyal Army Medical Corps Sussex England Sussex England Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row A Grave 8
16 CusworthFrank HarrowerFlying Officer15089623Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O F H CusworthKilled instantly by a bullet fired by a sniper as he went to get his rifle out of the back of the glider after landing at Hamminkeln Son of George and Jane Cusworth; husband of Joyce Cusworth, of Cullercoats, NorthumberlandReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 2 Row A Grave 18
17 D'Arcy Clark (Darcy Clark)George JohnLieutenant16288431Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot Regiment Both Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron 1945-03-24Glider 1 ? Western Europe Campaign 1944-45 Operation VARSITY Airborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Lt G J D'Arcy-Clark, Capt A M D Carr Glider took off from Birch and suffered a direct hit by flak, presumably ammunition or explosives on board blew up and it broke up in mid-air, all occupants killed. (Possibly Glider 1 and co-pilot Capt A.M.D. Carr also killed). Derby Derbyshire EnglandDerby Derbyshire England Son of John Norman and Susan D'Arcy Clark, of Derby Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 38 Row F Grgave 5
18 DenbyHerbert HartleySergeant33823331Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), A Squadron1945-03-24Horsa glider PW 231Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt H H DenbyHit by enemy flak while flying Horsa glider PW 231 over the landing ground at Hamminkeln Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 34 Row B Grave 1
19 DenholmWilliam BeverleyStaff Sergeant275925724Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 SSgt W B DenholmGlasgow Lanarkshire ScotlandGlasgow Lanarkshire ScotlandSon of Alexander B. and Marion H. Denholm, of Glasgow, ScotlandReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row A Grave 6
20 DormerReginaldFlight Sergeant180453622Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 FSgt R DormerFound dead underneath his wrecked glider on a landing zone at Hamminkeln Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 4 Row F Grave 10.
21 DoughtyJohn Sergeant1474333922Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt J DoughtyLeeds Yorkshire EnglandLeeds Yorkshire EnglandSon of John William and Elsie Doughty; husband of Margaret Doughty, of Leeds, YorkshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row F Grave 6
22 DunsGeorgeStaff Sergeant445386423Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), 24 Flight, G Squadron1945-03-24Horsa glider, Chalk No. 435Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 SSgt G Duns (Sgt Ken Bryant)After an abortive sortie, Horsa glider, Chalk No. 43 of 24 Flight, G Squadron went off on the second lift. They carried Major Hugh Maguire, General Staff Officerr of HQ, 1st Airborne Division, four troops and jeep and trailer with Intelligence Office radio equipment, they were towed by a Short Stirling of 190 Squadron. Came down in Landing Zone at Reyerscamp, under small arms fire, they succesfully unloaded and drove to the Hartenstein. Originally reported missing Durham Light Infantry RANewcastle-upon-Tyne Northumberland EnglandDarlington County Durham EnglandGroesbeek Memorial, Gelderland, Netherlands. Panel 8
23 EdwardsDerek Wallace (Eddie)Flying Officer18013127Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Horsa Glider No.7Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O D W Edwards (Co-pilot Sgt J.E. Ramsden wounded)Horsa Glider hit by flak in free flight and crashed near Hamminkeln. Co-pilot Sgt J.E. Ramsden wounded. Six members of the Royal Engineers in the glider were also killed. Originally buried one mile north, north-east of the centre of Emmerich Son of Lorenzo George and Ellen Mary Edwards, of Newington, KentReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 21 Row G Grave 8
24 ElleringtonClaudeSergeant167564020Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), C Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O K M Johnson, Sgt C ElleringtonOriginally reported missing. First buries 100 yards west of Ringenburg Son of Tom and Gertrude Ellerington, of Knottingley, YorkshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 42 Row A Grave 6
25 EllisonJohn LawrenceStaff Sergeant87211325Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 SSgt J L EllisonRoyal Army Pay CorpsBolton Lancashire EnglandBolton Lancashire EnglandSon of Fred and Beatrice Victoria May Ellison, of Horwich, near Bolton, LancashireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 39 Row A Grave 11
26 EssenMalcolm FrederickFlight Sergeant180532021Glider PilotRAFVR Both Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 FSgt M F EssenHis glider was hit several times by light anti-aircraft fire before crashing near Hamminkeln. He died later of his injuries Son of Frederick William and Victoria Alice Essen; husband of Joan Doris Essen, of South Hackney, LondonReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 1 Row D Grave 17
27 EvansGeorge RichardSergeant32163024Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), A Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Horsa RN 375Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 FLt M R Clark, SSgt G R EvansFlying glider RN 375 when it crashed in the area of Hamminkeln, four miles south of Dingen, four miles due south of BochultRoyal Armoured CorpsBristol Gloucestershire EnglandBristol Gloucestershire EnglandReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 38 Row F Grave 8
28 FowlerHubert AlexanderFlying Officer16423728Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O H A FowlerGlider crashed at Hamminkeln Son of Thomas and Rose Charlotte Fowler, of Llandaff, Glamorgan, Wales; husband of Gertrude Margaret Fowler, of Llandaff, Glamorgan, WalesReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 1 Row G Grave 8
29 FreemanJohn WilliamFlying Officer15598920Glider PilotRAF Both Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron 1945-03-24Operation VARSITY Airborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O J W Freeman Son of Harold and Margaret Freeman; husband of Dorothy Freeman, of Fulwell, Co. Durham Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 266
30 GordonHarry JackSergeant1600169026Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt H J Gordon Poland Europe London N EnglandReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row B Grave 4
31 GraefeReginald LionelLieutenant235913Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), C Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Hamilcar 262Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Lt R L Graefe, SSgt E L JarvisHamilcar 262 became detached, tail and fin seen to break off and whole glider disintegrated 2 seconds later. Co-pilot SSgt E L Jarvis also killed. London N England Kent EnglandReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 32 Row B Grave 4
32 GrahamGordon NoelSergeant64990824Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), A Squadron1945-03-24Horsa Glider RZ 142Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt G N GrahamFlying in Horsa Glider RZ 142, the tail of which was bloen off in flight and it crash landed at Hamminkeln. Originally buried in Hamminkeln Son of Gilbert and Winifred E. I. T. Graham, of Bramham Park. YorkshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 21 Row G Grave 15
33 GrantGeoffrey John CardrossFlight Sergeant180713120Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Horsa Glider No.69Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O R W C Jamieson, FSgt G J C GrantSeen flying past Hamminkeln in Horsa Glider No.69. After landing they encountered heavy intense enemy fire on the ground. Killed after landing. First buried in temporary cemetery south of Hamminkeln. Co-pilot Fg-Offr R.W.C. Jamieson also killed. Son of Major Donald Cardross Grant and Irene Grant; husband of Barbara E. A. Grant, of Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, Scotland, later of Moffat, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 1 Row D Grave 18
34 GrayRobertFlight Lieutenant18003027RAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 FLt R GrayCrash landed in the Hamminkeln area and was taken prisoner. Later reported as shot at the beginning of April near Wesel / Emmerich Native of Ballymena, Co.Antrim, IrelandRunnymede Memorial 265
35 HaigJohn SutherlandFlight Lieutenant18012020Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O J S Haig, FSgt D L BondFound lying by the wreckage of his glider Son of David and Christine Wilkie Haig, of Edinburgh, ScotlandReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 39 Row A Grave 7
36 HansonGeoffrey BernardFlying Officer166501Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O G B HansonKilled by enemy fire after his glider had crash landed Son of Thomas and Harriet Elizabeth Hanson, of East Barnet, HertfordshireRunnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 267
37 HarrisonDouglasStaff Sergeant511220626Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), B Squadron, 1st Wing 1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 SSgt D HarrisonRoyal Warwickshire RegimentDerby Derbyshire EnglandBirmingham Warwickshire EnglandSon of Sarah Annie Harrison; husband of Bertha Louvain Harrison, of Longbridge Deverill, WiltshireReichswald Forest War Cemeterykleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 38 Row E Grave 3
38 HarrisonLaurenceLieutenant28494323Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), A Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Lt L Harrison Derbyshire England Derbyshire EnglandSon of William and Lilian Harrison, of Glossop, DerbyshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 38 Row D Grave 1
39 HaymanWilliamSergeant160606620Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), C Squadron1945-03-24Hamilcar No.230 Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt W Hayman, Sgt T J A StevensFlew in Hamilcar No.230. Originally buried in Bocholt area Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 21 Row G Grave 16
40 HeadsRobertFlight Sergeant187329521Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 FSgt R Heads Son of Robert and Mary Florence Heads, of Thornley, Co. DurhamRunnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 271
41 HedleyFrankSergeant86229025Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), C Squadron1945-03-24Hamilcar 284Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt F Hedley (Co-pilot SSgt W.D. Jackson POW)Originally reported missing. Hamilcar 284.Royal ArtilleryWest Hartlepool County Durham EnglandSouthampton Hampshire EnglandSon of James Mitford Hedley and May Hedley; husband of Edna May Hedley, of Millbrook, SouthamptonGroesbeek Memorial, Gelderland, Netherlands. Panel 8
42 HutchensDavid LeslieSergeant160584822Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt D L HutchensMade a successful landing a mile from the rendevous area but then was fired upon from a wood, fifty yards south of the landing area and was killed Son of Francis Kentsbeer Hutchens and Ethelind Nora Hutchens, of Cornwood, DevonRunnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 275
43 HydePercy NicholasFlight Sergeant1803473Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron1945-03-24Glider 134 (434?)Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 FSgt P N Hyde, Sgt F A TaylorMade a successful landing in Glider 134 (434?) but later reported missing. Co-pilot Sgt F A Taylor also killed. Son of Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Hyde, of Chichester, Sussex; husband of E. Hyde, of Gravesend, KentRunnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 271
44 JamiesonRobert William CharlesFlying Officer16393621Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Glider No.69Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O R W C Jamieson, FSgt G J C GrantShot down by intense enemy fire near Hamminkeln while flying Glider No.69. Killed by further intense enemy fire after landing. First buried in temporary cemetery south of Hamminkeln. Co-pilot Flt-Sgt G.J.C. Grant also killed. Son of William Bertie and Ellen Elizabeth Jamieson, of St. Denys, SouthamptonReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 1 Row G Grave 17
45 JarvisEric LionelStaff Sergeant646276123Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), C Squadron, 2nd Wing1945-03-24Hamilcar 262Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Lt R L Graefe, SSgt E L JarvisHamilcar 262 became detached, tail and fin seen to break off and whole glider disintegrated 2 seconds later. Co-pilot Lt R.L. Graefe also killed.Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) Kent England London N EnglandSon of Horace Christopher and Edith Jarvis, of Sittingbourne, KentReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 32 Row B Grave 1
46 JohnsonKenneth MauriceFlying Officer18024422Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), C Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O K M Johnson, Sgt C ElleringtonOriginally reported missing. First buries 100 yards west of Ringenburg Son of Winifred Kate Johnson, of Ewell, SurreyReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 42 Row D Grave 9
47 KelsallKenneth AlbertSergeant1685493Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O W J Wates, Sgt K A KelsallGlider crashed at Hamminkeln railway station. Co-pilot Fg Offr W J Wates also killed. Originally buried in a field on the west side of the railway station at Hamminkeln by an Army Chaplain Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 1 Row D Grave 16
48 KennardDouglas CharlesLieutenant27318222Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), C Squadron1945-03-24Hamilcar 282 Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Lt D C KennardHamilcar 282 Surrey England Surrey EnglandSon of David Charles and Dorothy Mary Kennard, of Cliftonville, MargateReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 37 Row F Grave 7
49 KnowlesEdwin JamesFlying Officer163764Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron1945-03-24Glider 295Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O E J KnowlesIn Glider No.295 which successfully landed in Landing Zone 'P'Probably first buried in 1st Canadian Army area Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands. Plot Xxii Row B Grave 11
50 LaidlawThomasFlight Sergeant134328623Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), B Squadron 1945-03-24Glider RX 534Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O J P Leavy, FSgt T LaidlawIn Glider RX 534 which hat hit by flak in mid-air at 10.30am and blew up and crashed. Probably first buried in 1st Canadian Army area, Hamminkeln Son of William and Agnes W. Laidlaw; husband of Audrey A. Laidlaw, of Whitefield, LancashireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 21 Row G Grave 12
51 LeavyJoseph PatrickFlying Officer16375621Glider PilotRAFVR Both Wings (7 Squadrons), B Squadron 1945-03-24Glider RX 534Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O J P Leavy, FSgt T LaidlawIn Glider RX 534 which hat hit by flak in mid-air at 10.30am and blew up and crashed. Probably first buried in 1st Canadian Army area, Hamminkeln Son of Patrick J. and Lauretta Leavy, of Whalley Range, ManchesterReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 21 Row G Grave 11
52 LedbrookArthur Sydney (Tiny)Flying Officer55637Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Horsa RN 923Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O A S LedbrookHorsa RN 923 shot down and crashed near Hamminkeln. First buried in the Divisional Cemetery at Hamminkeln Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 42 Row C Grave 8
53 LogieAlexander RandolphSergeant156929226Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt A R LogieCrashed near Hamminkeln Son of Alexander Randolph and Alice Rollo Rolland Logie, of East Wemyss, Fife, ScotlandReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 1 Row G Grave 10
54 LoveAndrew Bell ColvilleSergeant1568583Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Glider No.67Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt A B C Love, Sgt A W SkeldonGlider No.67 crashed into house on landing. Co-pilot Sgt A W Skeldon also killed. Son of Michael and Margaret Love, of Lochgelly, Fife, ScotlandReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 4 Row F Grave 13
55 LowmanWilliam Samuel EdgarSergeant180419620Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Glider No.5Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt K C Sparkes, Sgt W S E LowmanGlider No.5 crashed near Hamminkeln. Originally buried at Volgelsang Son of W R and Louisa Ellen Kate Lowman, of Welling, KentReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 4 Row F Grave 11
56 MaddockGeoffrey WilliamFlying Officer16389322Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), A Squadron1945-03-24Glider No.RX 234Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O G W MaddockCrashed flying glider No.RX 234 in the Hamminkeln area Son of the Revd. William Humberstone Maddock, L.Th., and Marie Maddock; husband of Elsie Maddock, of Barnsley, YorkshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 21 Row G Grave 14
57 MansellStephane Peter Anthony 'Tony'Flying Officer15098220Glider PilotRAFVR Both Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron 1945-03-29Glider No.293Operation VARSITY Airborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O S P Mansell Glider No.293 crashed at Landing Zone 'P' and he was taken prisoner. Escaped from PoW column two days later. On 29 March 1945 he was cornered in a farmyard at the village of Welmar and beaten to death by a gang of Hitler Youth. Body discovered 30 March 1945 by his elder brother, Major Gerald Mansell OC Armoured Recconnaissance unit which captured the village.

Traugott Vitz provided this information (Feb 2018): "There was a trial held at Borken, Germany, for the death of F/O Mansell. The place of death is given as Velen in the file description of the relevant National Archives (Kew) file. File are TS 26/519. The trial file is WO 235/38. Other relevant files: WO 235/613; WO 309/57, /558, /1190, /1491, /1594; WO 311/419. File Titles: Velen: murder of Flying Officer Mansell Defendant: Johannes Cenning. Defendant: Emil Nix. Place of Trial: Borken. Velen, Germany: killing of British officer airman Velen, Germany: killing of British officer. Includes 4 photographs depicting: HQ BAOR: War Crimes Group (NWE); Otto Wilhelm Rossmannek, together with others (named), accused of killing Flying Officer Mansell of Royal Air Force at Velen on 28-29 March 1945; photographs of accused. Dated 1945-1948.
Son of Herbert Goodinge Mansell and Anne Marie Mansell, of Paris, France. B.Sc., Econ Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 13 Row F Grave 7
58 McgregorAndrewFlying Officer16380329Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O A McGregorCame down in Landing Zone 'A' and was killed in the crash. Originally buried in No.5 Para Brigade Cemetery but was later reburied Son of John and Andrewina Nicol Murray McGregor, of Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 37 Row C Grave 8
59 McInnesWilliam GeorgeFlight Sergeant156811521Glider PilotRAFVR Both Wings (7 Squadrons), A Squadron 1945-03-24Glider XX 909Operation VARSITY Airborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt L J T Catt, FSgt W G McInnes Flew Glider XX 909 when it was hit by flak and crashed in the Hamminkeln area. He was originally buried at the crash site Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 21 Row G Grave 7
60 McLarenPatrick AlastairStaff Sergeant573267322Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot Regiment Both Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron, 1st Wing 1945-03-24 Western Europe Campaign 1944-45 Operation VARSITY Airborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 SSgt P A McLaren Surrey England Birmingham Warwickshire England Son of Frederick J. and Lillias M. Maclaren. of Coleshill, Birmingham Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row A Grave 5
61 McLeanSamuelFlying Officer18009721Glider PilotRAFVR Both Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron 1945-03-24Operation VARSITY Airborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O S McLean Crashed in the Hamminkeln area. He was first buried by an Army Padre in a field west of Hamminkeln railway station Son of Neil McAllister McLean and Martha McLean, of Dalmuir, Dunbartonshire, Scotland Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 1 Row G Grave 16
62 MontgomeryDavid RogerStaff Sergeant795525121Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 SSgt D R Montgomery Essex England Kent EnglandSon of Major Robert Hamilton Montgomery, and of Mabel Martha Montgomery, of Barcombe, SussexReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row A Grave 7
63 MurphyWalter FrancisSergeant152399933Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt W F MurphyLast seen passing Hamminkeln. He was first buried by an Army Padre in a field west of Hamminkeln railway station Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 1 Row D Grave 15
64 NashJohn Kenneth PatrickFlying Officer16209520Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron1945-03-24Horsa 431Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O J K P Nash, Sgt R A RowleyFlew fron Fairford, Horsa 431 was shot down in the air and on fire, crashed near Landing Zone 'B', in the Hamminkeln area. Killed in the crash and was first buried in No.5 Para Brigade Cemetery. Co-pilot Sgt R.A. Rowley also killed Son of Francis Joseph and Marcella Nash, of Burnt Oak, Edgware, MiddlesexReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 31 Row C Grave 18
65 NeilsonJamesStaff Sergeant275451425Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron1945-03-24Glider 428Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 SSgt J Neilson, Flt-Sgt R J ShepherdOriginally reported missing. Glider 428. Co-pilot Flt-Sgt R J Shepherd also killed.Royal Army Pay Corps Fifeshire Scotland Fifeshire ScotlandSon of Mr. and Mrs. James Neilson; husband of F. C. S. Neilson, of West Ewell, SurreyGroesbeek Memorial, Gelderland, Netherlands. Panel 8
66 NortonHarold Martin RexCaptain23326823Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), B Squadron 1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Capt H M R Norton Norfolk England Cambridgeshire EnglandSon of Henry Hudson Norton and Emily Gertrude Norton, of Wisbech, CambridgeshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 37 Row B Grave 9
67 NuttallDouglasSergeant277079Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt D NuttallRoyal Army Service Corps Lincolnshire England Hertfordshire EnglandHusband of Ethel Nuttall, of Leeds, YorkshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 39 Row C Grave 6
68 O'Sullivan (Osullivan)John MortimerFlight Sergeant141272622Glider PilotRAFVR Both Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron 1945-03-24Operation VARSITY Airborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 FSgt J M O'Sullivan (F/O R W Morrison - Wounded) Glider Crash landed at Landing Zone 'B'. First Pilot, Flying Officer R W Morrison was wounded Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 41 Row A Grave 11
69 ParkinsonThomas AnthonySergeant162541621Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt T A ParkinsonKilled in Action. Originally buried in Hamminkeln Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 2 Row A Grave 17
70 PaulWilliam HenryFlying Officer18008926Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron1945-03-24Horsa glider Chalk Number 35 (LH 324) Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O W H PaulFound underneath his Horsa glider, which had crash landed Native of Waterloo, LiverpoolReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 2 Row C Grave 8
71 PavittWilliam CharlesStaff Sergeant6019251Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt W J Tyson. SSgt W C PavittFirst buried in a field on the west side of the railway station at Hamminkeln Kent England Essex EnglandReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row A Grave 10
72 PodmoreRolandSergeant169957825Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt J W Stubbings, Sgt R PodmoreCrashed at Hamminkeln Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 30 Row F Grave 11
73 ReadPhilip JamesSergeant1443696232Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt P J ReadOriginally reported missing Blackburn Lancashire England Norfolk EnglandSon of Thomas James Read and Bessie Read; husband of Beryl Lydia Read, of West Dulwich, London. They had a son. His widow later re-married and the the family moved to South AfricaGroesbeek Memorial, Gelderland, Netherlands. Panel 8
74 RichardsonGordon KnightSergeant1436937820Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt G K RichardsonOriginally reported missing Manchester Lancashire EnglandPreston Lancashire EnglandSon of George Knight Richardson and Muriel Richardson, of Preston, LancashireGroesbeek Memorial, Gelderland, Netherlands. Panel 8
75 RobertsStanleyStaff Sergeant1067740822Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 SSgt S RobertsManchester Lancashire EnglandPlymouth Devon EnglandSon of Gwilym Morgan Roberts and Caroline Roberts, of Carbis Bay, CornwallReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row A Grave 2
76 RobertsonAndrew ClellandPrivate156820225Army Air CorpsArmy Catering CorpsBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Pte A C Robertson attd. Glider Pilot Regiment Lanarkshire Scotland Lanarkshire ScotlandSon of James S. and Jessie C. Robertson, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire, Scotland; husband of D. Robertson, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 34 Row C Grave 8
77 RocheChristopher VerdunSergeant40959128Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt C V RocheDuke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry RAPreston Lancashire EnglandPreston Lancashire EnglandSon of George and Bertha Alice Roche, of Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire; husband of Mary Edna RocheReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 40 Row F Grave 9
78 RossWilliam LynchStaff Sergeant288528029Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), E Squadron1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt W L RossOriginally reported missing Glasgow Lanarkshire Scotland Ayrshire ScotlandGroesbeek Memorial, Gelderland, Netherlands. Panel 8
79 RowleyReginald AlbertSergeant180683721Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron1945-03-24Horsa 431Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O J K P Nash, Sgt R A RowleyFlew fron Fairford, Horsa 431 was shot down in the air and on fire, crashed near Landing Zone 'B', in the Hamminkeln area. Killed in the crash and was first buried in No.5 Para Brigade Cemetery. Co-pilot F/O J K P Nash also killed Son of Ernest and Maud Rowley, of Hounslow, MiddlesexReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 41 Row B Grave 4
80 ScraseRobert AlfredFlying Officer166036Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O R A ScraseFirst buried in a roadside field near Komderhof Son of Harry Alfred and Ethel Florence Scrase, of Burgess Hill, SussexReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 21 Row G Grave 13
81 ShepherdRobert JamesFlight Sergeant156843022Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron1945-03-24Glider 428Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 SSgt J Neilson, FSgt R J Shepherd Glider 428 crash landed in Landing Zone 'B'. Originally reported missing. Co-pilot SSgt J Neilson also killed. Son of Robert and Catherine Shepherd, of Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandRunnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 272
82 SherwoodJohn RichardFlight Lieutenant163891Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 FLt J R SherwoodCrashed near Hamminkeln. Originally buried No.5 Para Regiment Cemetery Son of George Herbert and Georgina H Sherwood, of Sale, CheshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 31 Row F Grave 18
83 ShoreJames AlphonsusSergeant1583895Glider PilotRAF Both Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron1945-03-24Glider No.302Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt J A ShoreGlider No.302 which crash landed in Landing Zone 'P'. Originally reported missing. Died whilst a Prisoner of War Son of William and Bridget Shore, of Tullow, Co. Carlow, Republic of IrelandRunnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 276
84 SkeldonAngus Wallis 'Gus'Sergeant162352220Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Glider No.67Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt A B C Love, Sgt A W SkeldonGlider No.67 crashed into house on landing. Co-pilot Sgt A B C Love also killed Son of Leonard and Dorothy May Skeldon, of Cambridge. He lived in Mount Drive, Wisbech. His name was addes to Wisbech War Memorial in 1996Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 2 Row A Grave 16
85 SmithJohn FrederickStaff Sergeant646881929Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), B Squadron, 1st Wing 1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 SSgt J F Smith London SE England London SE EnglandReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany/ Plot 42 Row A Grave 2
86 SmithJohn Kenneth PatrickSergeant160092623Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt J K SmithCrashed near Hamminkeln. Originally buried 6th Airborne Divisional Cemetery Son of William George and Daisy Smith, of Brinstead, Isle of Wight. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 21 Row G Grave 6
87 SparkesKenneth CharlesSergeant166924120Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Glider No.5Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt K C Sparkes, Sgt W S E LowmanGlider No.5 crashed near Hamminkeln. Originally buried at Volgelsang Son of Walter and Hilda Mary Sparkes, of Grangetown, Cardiff, WalesReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 4 Row F Grave 14
88 SpowartJasper BlakeStaff Sergeant109298625Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot Regiment Both Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron, 1st Wing 1945-03-24Horsa Glider No.273 Western Europe Campaign 1944-45 Operation VARSITY Airborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O A M Ankers. SSgt J B Spowart Found by glider by American Troops. First buried US Military Cemetery, Margraten County Durham England West Hartlepool County Durham England Son of David and Sarah Spowart, of Blackhall Colliery, Co. Durham Venray War Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands. Plot Viii Row F Grave 10
89 StevensJohn HenrySergeant266529321Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt J H StevensKilled in Action Surrey EnglandNorthampton Northamptonshire EnglandSon of Minnie Stevens, of Sutton, SurreyReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 38 Row F Grave 3
90 StevensThomas John AlfredSergeant1685282Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), C Squadron1945-03-24Hamilcar No.230Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt W Hayman, Sgt T J A StevensHamilcar No.230 safely landed in landing zone. Shot through the head whilst sheltering behind high bank near River Issel, in the fighting area. Originally buried in Bocholt area Son of Thomas Albert and Elizabeth Stevens, of Rough Common, KentReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 21 Row G Grave 17
91 StrathernKenneth FairleyCaptain9975431Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Capt K F StrathernGlasgow Lanarkshire ScotlandDundee Angus ScotlandSon of the Revd. Robert Fairley Strathern, M.A., and of Mrs Stevenson Strathern, of Dundee, ScotlandReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 41 Row B Grave 3
92 StubbingsJack WilliamSergeant162515921Glider PilotRAFVR Both Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt J W Stubbings, Sgt R PodmoreCrashed at Hamminkeln Son of Harold Thomas Stubbings and Florence Henrietta Stubbings, of Bishops Stortford, HertfordshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 30 Row F Grave 10
93 SummersFrankSergeant788785426Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt F SummersRoyal Tank Regiment RACGreat Yarmouth Norfolk England Selkirkshire ScotlandReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany . Plot 38 Row D Grave 9
94 TaylorFrederick ArthurSergeant160578823Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron1945-03-24Glider 434Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Flt-Sgt P N Hyde, Sgt F A TaylorGlider 434 safely landed in Landing Zone 'B', but he was later killed in the ensuing battle. Originally reported missing. Co-pilot Flt-Sgt P N Hyde also killed. Son of Mr and Mrs W C Taylor, of Neasden, MiddlesexRunnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 277
95 TysonWilliam JohnSergeant165866020Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt W J Tyson. SSgt W C PavittFirst buried in a field on the west side of the railway station at Hamminkeln Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 1 Row G Grave 18
96 WarrenKenneth JohnSergeant158849220Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), G Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt K J WarrenKilled in Action, Glider crashed near Hamminkeln. Originally reported missing Son of Edward Ernest and Elsie Emily Warren, of Wembley, MiddlesexRunnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 277
97 WatesWilliam JohnFlying Officer16436820Glider PilotRAFVRBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron1945-03-24Glider No.19Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O W J Wates, Sgt K A KelsallGlider No.19 crashed at Hamminkeln railway station at 10.30am. First buried in a field on the west side of the railway station by an Army Chaplain. Co-pilot Sgt K A Kelsall also killed. Son of William and Winifred Muriel Wates, of Purley, SurreyReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 2 Row A Grave 15
98 WelplyJames Victor AltonFlying Officer16413820Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), D Squadron1945-03-24Glider 425Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 F/O J V A Welply (Co-pilot Sgt D. Ray POW)Glider 425 crashed at landing zone 'B'. Co-pilot Sgt D. Ray POW. Son of Alton S and Constance Welply, of Limerick, Republic of IrelandReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 17 Row A Grave 6
99 WhiteleyTomSergeant167551420Glider PilotRAFBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), C Squadron1945-03-24Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 Sgt T Whiteley Son of Joseph Hallowell Whiteley and Gladys Whiteley, of Marsh, Huddersfield, YorkshireReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 21 Row G Grave 4
100 WrightHerbertStaff Sergeant525538025Glider Pilot Army Air CorpsGlider Pilot RegimentBoth Wings (7 Squadrons), F Squadron, 1st Wing1945-03-24Western Europe Campaign 1944-45Operation VARSITYAirborne operation for crossing of the Rhine 24 March 45 SSgt H Wright London W England London W EnglandSon of Frederick and Alice Wright; husband of Doris Wright, of Shepherd's Bush, LondonReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 4 Row F Grave 12

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