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Re(2): WW2 glider pilots
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I see they are going to be recognized at last.

RAF Shobdon as it was during WW2, is now operated by the Herefordshire Aero Club.

Between 1942 and 1945 RAF Shobdon was No.5 Glider Training School. It was there that a number of the glider pilots trained on the GAL Hotspur glider before moving on to the larger Airspeed Horsa. The café on the present airfield is called the Hotspur Café.
Some 1345 glider pilots, 291 Instructors and 218 tug pilots were trained at Shobdon between 1942 and 1945.

The whole glider concept was predicated on the assumption that you were going to arrive on the battlefield in the middle of an aircrash! And the pilots, if they survived the crash, then became fighting soldiers along with their passengers, usually outnumbered, outgunned and attacking dug in positions.
After Arnhem there was such a shortage of trained Army glider pilots that the RAF were obliged to provide trained pilots to make up the shortfall.
They went on to make the Rhine crossing and numerous other air assaults against Axis military positions.

The Glider Pilot Regiment has been woefully unrecognised in comparison to most other units so the Herefordshire Aero Club members are planning to erect a large memorial stone and plaque on the airfield near the old wartime hangar. It will be dedicated to the servicemen and women who served there and also the civilian support staff. Also those who died whilst serving at Shobdon, mostly in accidents.
Attached is a proof of the plaque.



We are planning to unveil the memorial this summer and have tracked down a 95 year old ex-WAAF who served there. In fact that is where she met and married her late husband, also serving there We are hoping that she will be able to do the unveiling.
I will put a notice on the Arrse website when we have a firm date for the opening to which everyone will be cordially invited. We have a good bar in the clubhouse!
We are currently on target to raise the subscriptions needed to meet the cost but if anyone feels like making a small donation it will be gratefully accepted. Cheques or cash to: Herefordshire Aero Club, Shobdon Airfield, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 9NR. Please clearly mark your cheque or envelope Glider memorial fund.

Thanks chaps and girls.


Bless em all.
William.


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