Glider Pilot Regiment Memorial - Shobdon

haloman

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SITREP (For those who are interested)

The memorial site has now been landscaped with box hedging and a hornbeam hedge. Lots of support from local company's and landscape specialists. They donated some 270 buxus plants and 350 hornbeam plants as well as free labour. Three RHS Gold Medal winners turned up to give us a hand!
It was a cracking day out, hard work but with a great team and the local Primary School children came down to the airfield to help us plant the hedges and an olive tree.
The attached links tell the tale. (I hope that they open. I'm not much cop at this hi-tech malarkey!).

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/local-companies-help-complete-long-overdue-memorial-liz-parker-minstf

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/companies-help-complete-long-overdue-memorial-liz-parker-minstf?trk=mp-author-card

Also Facebook - Shobdon Airfield Memorial
 
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napier

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I have many a good night, and trips to Arnhem with Mike over the years. Unfortunately, his heath is rapidly deteriating.

I have also got a signed print 'Full Flaps'.

I have 'sniffed' his battle dress from Arnhem...it's still unwashed in a private collection.

When he went to the palace to collect his DSO, 'Chats' said, "no officer of mine will go in front of the Monarch with Second Pilot wings." He cut his own off his tunic for Mike to wear for the investiture. Both his second pilot wings, and those 'first' given to him are in the same private collection.
Brigadier Mike will be 97 on the 11th May.
 

napier

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Sad to announce that Brigadier Mike died on Wednesday.
 

haloman

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The Herefordshire Aero Club will be holding a short remembrance service at the Shobdon Airfield memorial at 11.00 on Sunday the 10th September. RBL Colours and bugler arranged. The Glider Pilot Regiment Society will be represented.
Everybody welcome. The bar will be open afterwards. Any Arrser's in the vicinity will be welcome so please pencil it into your diary.
 
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The Herefordshire Aero Club will be holding a short remembrance service at the Shobdon Airfield memorial at 11.00 on Sunday the 10th September. RBL Colours and bugler arranged. The Glider Pilot Regiment Society will be represented.
Everybody welcome. The bar will be open afterwards. Any Arrser's in the vicinity will be welcome so please pencil it into your diary.
Unfortunately I won't be able to make it, but I hope the event is well attended and a good day is had by all.
 

RigPig

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I've passed the info on to a friend who was in the GPA who'll try and attend. I hope it all goes well.

RP.
 

skid2

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I don't know if it's still available but 'The gliders' by Alan Lloyd (Corgi 0 552 12167 3) 1982
is worth a look.

The British pilots were trained soldiers as well as pilots. They played their part on the ground after getting the troops there.

The American system was different with the pilots being pretty much superfluous after landing their gliders.
Superfluous as in. We flew the thing, we landed it and we aren't going to run about out there getting shot at. Our job is done, I can see a certain amount of sense to that.
 
The Herefordshire Aero Club will be holding a short remembrance service at the Shobdon Airfield memorial at 11.00 on Sunday the 10th September. RBL Colours and bugler arranged. The Glider Pilot Regiment Society will be represented.
Everybody welcome. The bar will be open afterwards. Any Arrser's in the vicinity will be welcome so please pencil it into your diary.
I'm only 5 miles away - I'll see if I can make it.

PS. Your box hedging didn't look too clever the other day!
 
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I don't know if it's still available but 'The gliders' by Alan Lloyd (Corgi 0 552 12167 3) 1982
is worth a look.

The British pilots were trained soldiers as well as pilots. They played their part on the ground after getting the troops there.

The American system was different with the pilots being pretty much superfluous after landing their gliders.
Years ago I bumped into an old boy nosing around the Horsa in the Wallop AAC museum. He explained he'd flown one during the Rhine crossings - one lift in the morning, another in the afternoon as he was recovered and flown back ASP. On the first lift his tail nearly fell off as the helpful infantry had removed most of the securing bolts to ensure speedy exit with their AT gun. On the second lift his co-pilot covered them with a revolver to stop it happening again............
 

Chef

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Superfluous as in. We flew the thing, we landed it and we aren't going to run about out there getting shot at. Our job is done, I can see a certain amount of sense to that.
A different approach I suppose. The British philosophy was along the lines of once you're there you can continue to be useful. There are many accounts of Glider Pilots being handy after the initial landings, especially when immediate recovery was difficult or impossible, such as Arnhem and presumably the days after D-Day. Also in the immediate period after the landing as in Pegasus Bridge.

Both philosophies are valid but I would say the British one gives more flexibility.
 
A different approach I suppose. The British philosophy was along the lines of once you're there you can continue to be useful. There are many accounts of Glider Pilots being handy after the initial landings, especially when immediate recovery was difficult or impossible, such as Arnhem and presumably the days after D-Day. Also in the immediate period after the landing as in Pegasus Bridge.

Both philosophies are valid but I would say the British one gives more flexibility.
My bold - as I understand it all surviving GPR pilots were evacuated in good order very quickly after being relieved following D Day.
 

skid2

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My bold - as I understand it all surviving GPR pilots were evacuated in good order very quickly after being relieved following D Day.
No doubt to fly the next lot in wherever they were needed. I'm still of the opinion after getting that lot down in the right place and in one piece a sit down may not have been a bad idea.
 
No doubt to fly the next lot in wherever they were needed. I'm still of the opinion after getting that lot down in the right place and in one piece a sit down may not have been a bad idea.
Don't forget ... with a brew and a fag
 

haloman

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The Herefordshire Aero Club will be holding a short remembrance service at the Shobdon Airfield memorial at 11.00 on Sunday the 10th September. RBL Colours and bugler arranged. The Glider Pilot Regiment Society will be represented.
Everybody welcome. The bar will be open afterwards. Any Arrser's in the vicinity will be welcome so please pencil it into your diary.
There is a severe weather warning for Sunday 10th, high winds and heavy rain. We have therefore postponed the memorial service until another suitable date can be found. Will keep you updated.
 
There is a severe weather warning for Sunday 10th, high winds and heavy rain. We have therefore postponed the memorial service until another suitable date can be found. Will keep you updated.
Bugger- I was going to cut the grass Sunday :(
 
I spent today tarting up the memorial site. Mowing, strimming, watering etc. Event now postponed! Grrrr.....
Let me know if you ever need a hand - seriously, it would be an honour.
 

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