TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN COMBAT GLIDER PILOTS OF WORLD WAR II
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: THE WORLD WAR II GLIDER PILOTS ASSOCIATION WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL REUNION THIS YEAR IN BLOOMINGTON, MN, OCTOBER 2-4, 2014.
Location: Crowne Plaza at 3 Appletree Square
FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT THE WWII GLIDER PILOTS ASSOCIATION WEBSITE AT THIS LINK.
IMPORTANT: Your check and registration paper to Lt.Col. George Theis should be mailed by September 5th so that it is received no later than the 10th. The hotelís cut off date for special rate is September. 3! Don't miss out on this discount, reserve your room today by contacting Linda at 952 876 8707 and reference the GROUP CODE.
Reunion registration papers were mailed and all members should have received a packet. If you have not
received a packet contact: Lt.Col. George Theis AT: WW2GP@AOL.COM
Glider Pilot Wings
Welcome to a Tribute to the American Combat Glider Pilots of WWII.
Glider Retrieval by a C-47 in flight with the glider parked on the ground. From 0 to over 100 miles per hour in six seconds. Used to retrieve gliders on covert missions in enemy territory, to evacuate wounded, and to retrieve gliders after assault missions. See page on "The Snatch."
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August 9, 2009:
Added new page with the US Senate Resolution establishing "National Airborne Day."
December 30, 2008:
Visit the Silent Wings Museum Page for a link to a virtual tour of the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock, Texas. A full length documentary DVD, "Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of WWII," can be purchased from the Silent Wings Museum at this link (We have no commercial interest in these sales and provide the link only as a service to the Museum.)
February 21, 2008:
It has been a while since I was able to spend any real time making sure the site is up to date. As a result, some (many?) of the links on different pages that take you to other airborne sites are no longer valid. I will get around to repairing and updating them as time permits.
January 27, 2008: To the many generous contributors to this site over the recent years:
Demands of my "day job" and other obligations have prevented me from giving adequate time to this site until recently. It contains photos and other material you have so generously sent for use in this site but not all of them. I will put that material on the site when I can give them adequate attention.
If you browse through it, you may see material you contributed. If anything you sent is missing, please let me know right away and I will try to put it on the site as soon as possible. Thank you all for your thoughtfulness and participation in making this site a useful resource for students of WWII, a place where the Glider Pilots can come to remember their comrades and their courageous duty in WWII, and a resource for the families of deceased Glider Pilots who wish to learn more about their relatives' life as Glider Pilots in WWII. I have received many inquiries from youngsters doing school papers on WWII and from active duty military personnel researching the Glider Program for personal interest and in their professional duties.
Inquiries from families are particularly poignant and I do my best to respond as soon as I can (if you have inquired and have not received a response, please try again.
Email me at: ww2gpwebsiteATyahooDOTcom. An officer of the National WWII Glider Pilots Association has been outstanding in his prompt attention to inquiries I forward to him. He and his association comrades have helped many families learn more about their now deceased fathers, uncles, cousins, etc. who participated in glider operations. Please note that they are only able to help families of Glider Pilots. They maintain records of Glider Pilots but none of the Glider Infantry or Airborne unit (paratroopers). If your relative was a member of the Glider Infantry or a Paratroop unit, you should try to locate one of those veterans groups.
A heartwarming addition courtesy of our friends in The Netherlands:
New pages include:
New material on pages can be found on:
This began as simple one-page site and a labor of love in 2000 when my Father was about to attend his last Glider Pilot reunion. We wanted to do something to honor his duty and his comrades to whom he felt a strong attachment. Interest from students of the Glider Program who chanced upon the site has resulted in a tremendous response with photos, personal accounts, and contributions of historical information. It will continue to grow as those contributions keep coming in.
This site originally established October 14, 2000.
Link to Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau for those who may wish to have reunions in Dayton, Ohio.
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