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during the war in Wales when evacuated I used to see them training day after day.
Anybody remember them?

You could not describe the airfield at Shobdon in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside as on the road to anywhere in particular. Located down an unassuming road that bears left at the bottom of a small hill towards the control tower, with two grass and one paved runways, it has the appearance of a small country flying club with a few modernized hangars mixed with portacabins and Nissan huts that hint at the airfield’s history.

During World War II, this was a glider training center with pilots learning to master the Hotspur and Horsa gliders. Some of those men then took those flimsy aircraft (by today’s standards) and flew them packed with airborne troops into the vanguard of battles such as the D-Day landings and the Rhine Crossing. Gliders breathlessly swooped down, landing feet from their objectives such as the famous Pegasus Bridge on the eastern shoulder of the Normandy beachhead.
Just a memory.
William.

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