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PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH GLIDER PILOTS AND OTHERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE GLIDER PROGRAM

Many visitors to this site are family and friends of WWII Glider Pilots who are interested in establishing contact with others interested in the Glider Program.  Most would like to find Glider Pilots who may have known a deceased Glider Pilot relative.  If you would like to post a message requesting contact, please email me at this link and I will post your message.  Please understand that this site may be accessed by anyone, anywhere in the world, with access to the internet.  Below are messages asking for information:


My name is Darlene Alessi and my grandfather Col. Edgar R. Todd was the C.O. at Stuttgart Air Base, Arkansas one of the sights for Glider Pilot Training. He died October 1943. If anyone knew him and has further information or I can contact anyone that graduated from one of his classes, please feel free to contact me at alessix5@hotmail.com.  Thank you.


My Brother Albert Adams was a 2nd Lt as a Glider Pilot during the 2nd World War. He had attended a few of the annual meetings in the U.S. but he is now in a rest home and is age 87 and is not very well. His first love was flying. He had his first pilots license at age 17 out of Los Angeles Airport in the mid 1930's. By the time World War Two came around he had more air time than his instructors.  I have no idea what division he was in but from what he has told me in the past there weren't very many men. If anyone knew my brother or has any idea what division he might have been in please e-mail me at joanneshields1@juno.com    Thanks so much.  Here is his picture:

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My name is Jonathan Sayers (fencer_js@yahoo.com) and I run a website dedicated to the history on RAF Greenham Common in the UK. In WW2, it was one of the main glider bases with Wacos and C-47s. It was from Greenham that General Eisenhower saw off the troops on June 5th 1944.   I have a page on RAF Welford which was also a glider base.  Recently, I was passed some VERY rare WW2 pictures of the glider assembly works at Greenham in about 1944. I can email on some pictures if you like?  Please visit my site at:  www.megspace.com/politics/greenham/index.htm

Webmaster's Note:  Jonathan's pictures have been posted on the site.  One is a rare picture of "The Fighting Falcon," which can be seen on the page of Waco Drawings by David Eckert .  Thank you Jonathan.


Sir,

I would like to be on the list of people networked for the Glider Association.  My grandfather, Henry Wakefield Brown (deceased) was a member.  I'm researching his life.  I'm very interested in learning more about his WW2 experiences.

Thanks,

Brent

14 Hunters Ridge Court

Granite Falls, NC  28630

btomberlin@caa.k12.nc.us


I would like to post a message.  I am the daughter of Lt. Kenneth V. Halverson.  My father died in France 7 Nov. 1944 when his plane crashed into the Alps in fog.  He was also a glider pilot and I would like to know if anyone remembers him.  At the time of his death he was with the 311th Ferrying Squadron, 27th Air Transport Group temporarily stationed at Grove, England.  His unit was moving to Marseilles, France the day his plane crashed.  Would you have any information about him in your archives?  My name is Barbara Halverson Henry   punkin@inter-linc.net    P.O. Box 446 Reeds Spring, MO 65737 - Thank you.


I am in search of any information pertaining to my great-uncle Anthony Santoro, from Bridgeport CT, whose military grave plaque reads Col H 194th Glider Infantry Reg.  He passed away in 1956, and was drafted at a relatively old age of 37.  I know he trained at Fort Benning, served in North Africa, Italy and Germany.  He may have started out with the 82nd Airborne before being attached to the 194th in the 17th Airborne.  He contracted malaria probably in North Africa and according to oral history was awarded a battlefield commission.   Please vets and historians alike, if you have any unit history, stories or info in general could you help me.   Send info to me at jmaggi@sikorsky.com or maggijohn@msn.com


I am Troy Wynne, grandson of D. D. Martin.  I have read some of the "Silent Wings" articles that D.D. Martin wrote about his experiences in the Glider Corps., but I know that he only wrote about a small portion of his experiences there.  He never spoke of those times to his family when he was alive.  I would be glad to hear any stories of him, or of his friends:  McClin, McDuffie, Moore, and of the others whose photos were part of his collection.  Knowledge not shared is lost forever.  Please e-mail me at: troywynne@yahoo.com


Being the son of a G.P. of WW2 I love your website.  Very  well done.  My dad was in the 88th squad of the 438th TCG.  Unfortunately he passed away when I was 12 so I am always looking for any glider info.  Again thanks - 

Don Doubek 

 (Note:  Don's Dad is one of the GPs interviewed in the "Yank Magazine" article "Airborne Operations In France - July 2, 1944," that is posted on this site.)

 


Dear Sirs:
I enjoyed your website. During the 2nd WW, my uncle served as a glider pilot in the European campaign. Although he has never really spoken of his combat experience, I know he earned the Air Medal with 5 battle stars. When he returned from the war in 45 or 46, he was a captain. His insignia was shaped like a shield with the Air Corps star and wings, a parachute with a glider in the shield, and patch over the insignia that said, "Airborne Troop Carrier."

When he retired, Louie had around 28 years of service in the Army Air Corp and the U.S. Air Force. Unfortunately, I have not had contact with him for over 5 years. When he was young, he was dashing, funny, and very confident in his demeanor. I mention this because so little is written about glider pilots and their exploits during the war.  The only reference to gliders that I have recently seen in movies was in "Saving Private Ryan."   I think it would be wonderful if more surviving glider pilots could be interviewed so that Americans know and understand how brave these pilots were....

Just some thoughts about a historical period that will fade unless we preserve it....Thank you

Nazario A. Gonzales


My name is Craig Smith.  I am seeking contact with any individuals that may have personally known my dad, Richard R. Smith, from DeLeon, TX.  My dad trained at Vernon Field-TX (Class 42-K), South Plains Army Air Field-Lubbock, TX, and was in the 18th Squadron Advanced Glider Training Detachment-Adams Field in Stuttgart, Arkansas.  On D-Day, they flew into Holland behind the German lines and remained there for approximately 2 weeks before U.S. forces caught up with them.  Please e-mail me with any information at csmith@gpc.admworld.com - Thanks for your fantastic web-site.

Sincerely,
Craig 

 


 

We are looking for any one who remembers Carmon Thompson 11 Th. airborne CO G who died in April of 1945 in the Philippines--I am interested in knowing where he took his training also--Thanks -- Email me at carolebacke@aol.com
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I am searching for Capt Boyd.

We lost contact Jan. 1946

 

Name: Cor Lof (Dutchman)
E-Mail: bruinshph@chello.nl
Subject: Capt. Robert Boyd R.A.no. 71012 Glider Pilot
Body of Message:

Capt. Robert Boyd dropped down in summer 1944 and got hospitality by Cor Lof, an underground resistance leader, with an other 6 Glider Pilots Sept. 1944 – Feb.1945.  They stay in his house, in Barneveld near Arnhem in Holland , waiting for an escape, that happened successfully, and all came  back home in health.  Robert Boyd went back to his former company in the Royal Artillery, UK, became the rank of Captain and after a leaf of 6 weeks he was sent to the near or far East.  Up til now, by rumour we have heard that Robert was killed in Tripoli. To complete the memoirs of the story of the 7 Pilots we want the confirmation that Robert was killed, if yes, where and when and under which circumstance and where he is buried. Can anyone tell what happened with Capt. Boyd?

 

 


 

Hello,
 
What started as simply an interest in a subject, grows now to a serious big thing.  I once started to contact veterans of the Troop Carrier outfits. I started to study the role by the Troop Carriers in the Holland operation.  Things went on and grew bigger. Now, it gets so big, I can't keep in touch with everyone from time to time. I regret this.  Because I still want to show live signs every time, I decided that this might be a good way to do this. I will send such reports e few times a year.
 
The interest has grown such a way, that I decided to write all the information in book form. I started with this about a month ago. First I had the idea to write about one squadron only. Things changed.   So far, I have written about the 53rd and most of 52nd Troop Carrier Wing on the first day of the Holland operation.  The main part will handle the lost C-47s. The fait of the crew and the part played by Dutch and Belgium underground to help the aircrews.  So far, I have 22 pages. Some parts need some research and will be expended. Also photo's and maps have to be added. I surely hope to receive your support and interest in such a project.
 
Just a short view on things done and achieved the last three years.  First of all are the three visits of veterans to Holland. First one was from the 315th TCG. He made an emergency landing in Holland during the operation. I showed him sites related to the Groups history over Holland.  Then two of the 434th TCG visited Holland separately. One became POW. We searched for the house where he stayed as prisoner, but could not find it. The crash site of the plane was visited, as well as a museum with a c-47 on display.

 

The second one evaded capture with Dutch help. We visited on of the people who helped him back in 1944, as well as one person who's father helped as well. The father was shot by the Germans a few days later. We also visited a site in the woods where he stayed for a few nights.
 
Then I met the cousin of a pilot who was killed in the crash in Belgium. he was looking for details and I found the people who were able to help him. although i could not stay with him during the whole visit, I'm sure he learned a lot. We did see one piece that came out of the wreckage of the plane, visited the cemetery where the crew was buried.
 
Help through the internet. Beside helping the American in Holland, I'm also helping those who can't visit Europe. I did send information to the historians of several Squadrons and Groups. Some are searching for information about the people who helped them, their friends or their relatives. I do the best I can to help them. I think that they have the right to learn and to know what happened.  Sometimes I also see calls for help and get these people in touch with veterans of their own or their fathers outfit.
 
Sometimes help in Holland is asked. Recently I received a letter for help for a monument. There is still some work to do with this. 
I'm also helping a local historical society with their exhibition on the 60th anniversary of the liberation.    
 
With research comes the visit to eyewitnesses in Holland. Those who witnessed a crash are interested in the fate of the crew as well. Most times they ask me to keep them informed when I found something about the crew.
There are still some crash sites known where the details like crew members are unknown.
 
Over the years, I did receive a lot of information through veterans, eyewitnesses and books. The new accounts (those received by me0 as well as the older ones (those in books) are very interesting. As well as the logistic details of the operation.
 
Beside this, there are always photo's coming up. From the USA I received photo's of crews and planes, as well the marshalling of the airborne. Interesting photo's of crews and planes who were shot down. Also received a few photo's of wrecked planes. Received such photo's also from a few collectors.
In Holland, one finds photo's of C-47s flying over a town, dropping paratroopers in the distance and wrecked planes. Also some photo's of the first graves of the unlucky ones.
 
A few weeks ago I started to search for individual crewmembers who were shot down and survived. I phoned some of them and, after a brief conversation, wrote a letter to them. I was able to find four crewmembers who were shot down on the 17th of September. One was already able to answer.
 
Through local help in the USA, in the town where a veteran lives, I also contacted two relatives of downed airman of the operation. These inquiry take a lot of time.
 
I had the idea to keep you updated on the progress and changes every three months.
When the project will be finished with a book, it will be written in English. Most people in Holland are able to read this and those in the USA will surely be able to do. Only the older people living in Holland, those who witnessed all what happened, will have problems reading it.
 
Any help would be welcome.
 
Best regards,
Hans
Netherlands  sietske.hans@12move.nl

 


My name is James Theron Connally.  My dad and I are trying to find info on my grandfather. His name is James Theron Connolly. our last names are spelled differently because the military messed up our last name when Dad enlisted. I have a picture that says that my grandfather was in the 14th troop carrier group, 61st group, 9th air force, at Pope Field, Fort Bragg NC on April 1st 1943.  Looking for people who knew him or family members who are looking for people from the same group.  My email is jamesconnally@sbcglobal.net and my address is 3016 Bedford rd #1411 Bedford, Texas 76021

 


Hi,
I am hoping to find someone who might remember serving with my father, Albert J. Vaughn, in the Fall of 1943 through the Summer of 1944. I have very little information to go on - Dad never talked much at all about his experience to me or my brother or sister.
 
We know he enlisted in 1942 in the Army from Chicago, IL and transferred to the Army Air Corps at some point. He was in training at Fort Bragg, NC in 1942. In November 1942 he was on leave and married my mother. He apparently was also on leave sometime in January 1944 (I was born in October). A photo is attached of Dad in his Air Corps Cadet uniform. We do know that he was in a Glider Unit but do not know which one. It seems the 325th is the most likely.
 
One thing he told my step-Mom is that he felt grateful but guilty that he came down with Tuberculosis and was sent to the hospital just before his unit was sent to the Battle of the Bulge - apparently most, if not all, were lost. We don't know where his unit was stationed at when he was sent to the hospital.
 
There is a family story, unsubstantiated, that he had been downed behind enemy lines at one point.
 
His Army records have, of course, been destroyed in the fire at the St. Louis archival center. It would be wonderful for our family to know more about what Dad did in the war and what he went through that he would not talk about.
 
If anyone can shed any light for us we will be most grateful!
 
Michael
San Diego, CA

 


Dear Sir:
I have been trying to learn more about this operation because it was my uncle's last campaign with the US Army. He was in a chemical warfare battalion.  I don't know how many soldiers are in a battalion as I was not in the army. I recall that my uncle Peter Zervos from the Southside of Chicago was in a rare part of the Army that dealt with chemical warfare. He mentioned a jeep and mortar as being the equipment they dealt with on a daily basis. Being my uncle passed away in 1979 I can no longer find out first hand where he took off from, where he was going, and what eventually happened to his unit. He departed somewhere near Rome in a CG4A glider in tow towards Southern France.  The glider crash landed injuring everybody onboard. I would like to learn more about the whole operation and the final outcome of the operation. Any first hand information would be appreciated. Don't know who the glider pilots were either. I believe both pilots had broken legs after the crash landing. Wonder what caused the glider to crash too? My uncle was sitting in the jeep with another soldier when the glider crashed.
Fred
fredricz@attbi.com

 


 

MY DAD, RICHARD F. RILEY, WAS A GLIDER PILOT IN WWII AND WAS IN ONE OF THE FIRST TRAINING GROUPS AND MADE ALL OF THE GLIDER OPERATIONS IN THE EUROPEAN THEATER.  MY DAD DIED IN 1980 AND I HAVE ALWAYS REGRETTED THAT I NEVER DID GET SOMEONE TO COME AND INTERVIEW HIM AND FIND OUT ABOUT ALL OF THE THINGS HE DID.  I WOULD LIKE TO POST MY E-MAIL AND SEE IF SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE KNOWN MY DAD AND I COULD GET IN CONTACT WITH THEM.  MY E-MAIL IS WRILEY@RILSEN.COM AND MY TELEPHONE # IS 800-545-5915.
THANKS,
WAYNE 

 


My dad was a glider pilot in WWII -- John W. Chaney -- invasion into Holland  in 44 or 45.  These men were very brave and should be honored for their service.  Anyone who remembers my dad can contact me at spenchaney@aol.com 

 


I would like to contact Howard or Beverly Jackson whose father, Tracy Jackson, died as a Glider Pilot during the invasion of Sicily.  I taught both of you in high school at the Calhoun Clemson High many years ago.  I am at Keoweefpg@yahoo.com.

Marshall


Dear Sir:

I am doing research about my grandfather Frederick E Markus who had an active role in streamlining the production of the manufacture of gliders used for the invasion of Normandy. With that in mind I would like to acquire any information that would help me elaborate on his involvement in the production process. Myself being only 37 years of age have no real knowledge of WWII or of the invasion of Normandy but I would like to understand more. I don’t know where the gliders were built or much else and any information would be greatly appreciated. If by chance you can help I would be deeply grateful. Following is part of some text that my Father wrote to me about grandpa:

Fred Markus was an architect and engineer by profession. He was born in Germany around 1890 and immigrated with his mother, father and 3 sisters circa 1898 to the USA .  

When WWII started he went back to the Sloan School at MIT and took courses in “Time and Motion” engineering and I think it was from that time on that he became most “inventive”.  

He always had a knack for working with wood. He worked as a carpenter to put himself through high school and college. 

I remember him telling us about the innovations that he made in the production lines for the building of wooden gliders that were to be used in the invasion of Normandy. I don’t know if any of the workstations that he designed were or could have been patented but they were highly recognized as being important to the success of the war effort of glider production.

Sincerely,

Eric emarkusjr@msn.com


My grandfather was CO Cdr for G Co. 4-325 GIR (4th Bn, 2 Bde - the Falcons), 82d Airborne Division.  His name was CPT John B. (Pop) Sauls.  After the Holland invasion, he was captured and held as a POW for 6 months.  His camp was liberated by an armor unit, which I believe had Gen George S. Patton's son in it.  I am trying to locate any information I can about which camp he was in, and those he served with.  I would be happy to share all the information I have about him and his unit with anyone interested.
Thank you.
Kimberly  Tennesseedoe@aol.com

 


Cyril 
TOURS
FRANCE
c.defever@wanadoo.fr
I'm looking for information about a glider School in TOURS/Parcay Meslay, France.  This is the information I have:  It was created in December with WACO CG4. No Dakota were affected, but they regularly came from Le Mans , Dreux or Chateaudun. The Snatching method was regularly employed.  One day one Glider landed in a field outside the airfield, was picked up by a Dak and finally landed safely at Tours.  One Glider crashed, killing its crew, including a French airman who liked flying.
 
I think this school was created to train crews for operation Varsity. 
Any information, a unit number...would be welcomed!
If I can do anything for you for French subject just ask.
 Regards
 Cyril

 


My uncle, Douglas Wayne Seymour,  was a flight officer in the 304th Squadron, 442nd Troup Carrier Group.......he died on September 19, 1944 during Operation Market Garden.......if anyone has information regarding his service please let me know.
 Thanks,
 Mark 
mseymour@earthlink.net

 


To whom it may concern,
I am looking to find someone who is still around who has participated in the invasion of Normandy and was in the 325, preferably in either A, B, or C companies. I am currently a LT in 1BN 325 Airborne Infantry Regiment and am giving a presentation on Charles Deglopper and how and why he won the medal of honor. If there is anyone that I can contact to speak to and get a different perspective on what actually happened there I would greatly appreciate it. I can be contacted via this email address.  hartcv@BRAGG.ARMY.MIL

Airborne! Let's Go!
Christopher
2LT, IN
PL, Cco 1-325 AIR
work: 432- 5588


 

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