TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN COMBAT GLIDER PILOTS OF WORLD WAR II

                                                         

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GLIDER ASSEMBLY

 

        The thousands of Waco CG4As used during World War II were shipped to combat theaters disassembled in large crates.  They were put together at the airfields by specially trained glider mechanics, usually supervised by the Glider Pilots who, themselves, often attended the glider mechanics schools.  

 

        Individuals who visit this site and who may have technical knowledge about glider assembly are welcome to contribute information that may be used on this page.  Please email your comments to the webmaster at this email address.

 

        These rare pictures are courtesy of Jonathan Sayers, a British military historian and the webmaster of the RAF Greenham Common website.  To visit this outstanding website and learn more about the history of RAF Greenham Common, go to this link:  RAF Greenham Common  You may contact Jonathan at this email address:  fencer_js@yahoo.com

 

Glider Assembly at RAF Greenham Common

 

RAF Greenham Common is the base from which General Eisenhower saw off the airborne troops on June 5, 1944, just before the Normandy invasion.

 

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Scenes of glider packing cases in a glider assembly yard.

 

 

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Moving glider sections into position for assembly - Glider mechanic working on a glider interior.

 

 

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Various stages of glider assembly.

 

 

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Gliders gradually taking shape.

 

 

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Glider mechanic crews completing assembly - Double tow over a glider assembly yard.

 

 

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Assembled gliders lined up awaiting flight - Men from a glider unit.

 

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An article about fond memories of the Yanks at Greenham Common.

 


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