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LUZON

Operation Gypsy Task Force - Appari Mission

On June 23, 1945,  six CG-4As and a single CG-13 landed near Appari in northern Luzon, carrying elements of the 11th Airborne Division. This was a first for gliders in the Pacific and the mission was successful.


Glider pilots in Europe had high priority in returning to the states once Germany had surrendered. They were slated to join their GP comrades in the Pacific for the final airborne assault on Japan proper. Fortunately, the war came to an end before that action could take place.

Only one CG-13A of this type was used in combat

The CG-13A pictured above was the only glider of this model to see combat. Boasting a wingspan of 85' 6 3/4", the CG-13A could transport 30 combat troops, double that of the CG-4A. The depth of the cargo compartment and the strength of the reinforced floor enabled the CG-13A to carry a 105 mm howitzer complete with a jeep, or a 1 1/2 ton 6 by 6 truck loaded with supplies. A unique feature provided a tricycle landing gear on the production model.



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