This is a very rare large section of airframe rounded joint from British Horsa Glider landed on the 6th June 1944 during the D-Day landings in Normandy. Unfortunately the complete history on this glider has been lost but we know for sure it landed on the 6th June 1944 not in the following days so could even be from one of the gliders that landed near Pegasus Bridge.This glider was recovered to England in the late 1940's as war salvage direct from Normandy.This section which is a rounded joint part of the wooden airframe structure which is still covered in original green paintwork the wood is still solid and not braking up but has been clued at one end where the wooden bar was a bit weak this solid section is 35 inches long in size the longest part i have had from the glider and a very rare find from this famous D-Day glider. The part comes with a A5 laminated information sheet with all details of the glider that is known as the gentleman who recovered it has now passed away this is all that will ever be known for sure and there is photos of glider in Kent in the 1980's before it was destroyed. The part is in nice solid condition and perfect for display or any collection.
British Horsa Glider which landed in Normandy on
6 June 1944 during the D-Day invasion.
The first unit to land in France during the Battle of Normandy was a coup-de-main force carried by six Horsas. They captured Pegasus Bridge in Operation Deadstick over the Caen canal and a further bridge over the River Orne. 320 Horsas were used in the first lift, and a further 296 Horsas were used in the second lift.
This airframe panel came from a British Horsa glider which was recovered from Normandy in the late 1940’s as war salvage. This was brought back to England and remained in a yard in Kent. The glider section was destroyed in the Great Storm 15-16 October 1987 that hit England and Northern Europe.
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