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Continuing the Glider Pilots Association
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March 2018

Martin M FEUER

Final Flight

May 3, 1921–Mar 23, 2018

Wings of WWII Glider Pilots Association
Biographical War History

Martin will be missed by the
members of the Association
but his loss will be felt
most deeply by his fellow veterans,
his band of brothers.
High Flight, brother.


Obituary: Atkinson, NH: Martin M. Feuer, 96, a resident of Atkinson for the last sixty-six years, died peacefully in his home on March 23, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 3, 1921 in Marlow, NH, son of late Lewis and Rosa (Walker) Feuer, he attended Marlow schools, later graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Forestry. In his time at UNH, he was captain of the lacrosse team and a proud member of the UNH Fraternity Alpha Gamma Rho.

Trained as a qualified pilot and a member of the Civil Air Patrol, Mr. Feuer was called to serve his country as a Captain in the US Army Air Corps during W.W.II. Serving as a glider pilot he saw action in the invasion of Normandy, along with many other significant battles during WWII and was a recipient of the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the American Campaign Medal, the Europe/Africa/MedEast Campaign Medal with 1 Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars and 1 Bronze Arrowhead, the World War II Victory Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Combat Service Commemorative and the D-Day Commemorative, the Glider Pilot Badge, and the Air Force Presidential Unit Citation.

After graduating from college, he was employed by the Manchester New Hampshire Water Works for twenty years, as manager of the Manchester Water Shed Area near Lake Masabesic. Mr. Feuer established Feuer Lumber in Atkinson, NH, in 1954, operating it for thirty-three before retiring n 1987.

Mr. Feuer was a devoted and active member of the Atkinson community, serving on Atkinson’s School Board, Planning Board and the Conservation Committee. In his term on the school board he worked to reestablish, personally repair and refurbish and finally reactivate Atkinson Academy. He also devoted his time as a volunteer firefighter for the town of Atkinson and was a longtime member of Holy Angels Parish and St. Luke the Evangelist Parish. He was member of the National WWII Glider Pilot Association, serving as both the New Hampshire State and New England Commander and Deputy Commander of the Northeast Region.

He is survived by his loving wife of seventy years, Eleanor C. (Consentino) Feuer, three sons, Martin L. Feuer of York, ME, Peter A. Feuer and his wife Ann of Chester, NH and John L. Feuer of Atkinson NH, two daughters-in-law, Roxanne Feuer of Atkinson and Dale Lang of Toronto, Canada, a sister Gloria Olsen of St. Petersburg FL, four grandchildren, Myles Feuer of Atkinson and Jonathan Sicsik, of Minnesota and Erin Lang of Germany and Robin Lang, of The Netherlands as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers’ in-law, Albert Consentino and his wife Gloria and Philip Consentino.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mr. Feuer’s Life Celebration to be held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Route 121A, Plaistow, NH. His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Saint Luke the Evangelist Parish, 8 Atkinson Depot Rd. Plaistow. Burial will take place in Atkinson Cemetery later in the spring. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit

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The great photo shows the east side of LZ-S north of Wesel, Germany.
     The gliders on the ground are part of the 437th, 436th and 435th Troop Carrier Group’s who arrived there in that order.
     The 439th Troop Carrier Group gliders landed more to the West
Silent Wings Museum photo. This great photo shows the east side of LZ-S north of Wesel, Germany. The gliders on the ground are part of the 437th, 436th and 435th Troop Carrier Group’s who arrived there in that order. The 439th Troop Carrier Group gliders landed more to the West

TODAY IN HISTORY 24 March 1945 “Target Across the Rhine! EMMERICH 9761 - WESEL 2240!

“From the first days of November 1944 until H-hour finally struck at 1000 hours 24 March 1945, these two Teutonci towns on the Northeast bank of the Rhine held a magnetic attraction for the IX Troop Carrier command planning staff under Major General Paul L. WILLIAMS.

“Seizure of the Emmerich-Wesel sector would fling open the gate to the industrially-precious Ruhr and the heart of the Reich. So it was that the greatest of German rivers was being spanned on Troop Carrier planning tables hardly before the echo of September’s skyborne thrust into Holland had faded into the silence of past events.” --IX TROOP CARRIER COMMAND

Varsity was the airborne component of the invasion of Germany and the largest single airlift in WWII. On March 24, 1945, two Divisions were lifted into the area of Wesel Germany near the Ruhr industrial area. The American 17th Airborne and the British 6th Airborne were delivered from a skytrain that was two and a half hours long. Over 500 miles of aircraft filled the air.

There were several other ‘firsts’ in Varsity.

Duel tow was used in combat in the ETO.

Two hundred of the C-47s had self-sealing tanks. However, this caused a fuel issue where many of these planes would not be able to return to their air fields. An Emergency airfield was set up.

It was the first time the C-46 was used to drop paratroopers. All Squadrons of the 313th Troop Carrier Group, located at Achiet , France, transferred out all of their C-47’s and were replaced with the new larger capacity C-46’s. Besides being able to transport more troops it had two doors to allow a quicker exit for the Airborne. Of the 72 planes flown, in a tight V formation into Drop Zone (N), only 13 returned and only three of those returned without damage. Thirty three went down and others made Emergency landings. A hydraulic system was used to operate the controls. Unfortunately, due to the engineering of the ship’s oil lines and gas tanks, which were exposed on the under belly of the ship, they were vulnerable to catching fire by flak.

This was the first time gliders landed in unsecured Landing Zones. They landed in the face of 88mm and 20mm anti-aircraft guns from every field. The 88mm were lowered to destroy the gliders as they landed. Machine gun fire and small arms fire rained from every farm house and barn. All units were forced into an infantry role until the landing zone was secured.

Glider Pilots were assigned infantry roles with the Airborne Units they were delivering, providing support to the combat units.

One glider pilot group, the 435th, had actually been assigned a defensive position on the front line of the 194th Combat Team’s perimeter, between Battalions 2 an 3. That night, they repelled an attack by a company of German infantry that was supported by a tank and two flak guns in what was to become known as the ‘Battle of Burp Gun Corner’.

Operation Varsity is usually ignored in most main stream accounts of WWII, yet it had the highest number of pilots killed in action of any one day of the war. (It also had the highest number of airborne troopers KIA in any one day of the war.) And though the operation lacked the strategic significance of the Normandy invasion, or the drama of the heroic struggle to retain Bastogne, it was, nonetheless, the final blow to the Nazi regime. A few weeks after the 17th Airborne completed their sweep of the Ruhr valley, taking almost half a million POWs, the German Army surrendered.

Glider Pilot casualty rates for combat missions in the ETO:
Normandy: 48
Southern France: 19
Holland: 30
Bastogne: 4
Rhine: 86

--Research done by Hans den Brok and Patricia Overman

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March 2nd and 3rd

Dr. Don Abbe, Chuck Hobbs and Gary Stripling all members of the Association, and researchers on the Leon B Spencer Research team, attended the Soaring Society of America Conference that was held on March 2nd and 3rd as presentors at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada. Both Chuck and Gary presented in the track presentations. Chuck’s presentation was on the 2nd at 2:30 in the afternoon and Gary spoke at 10 in the morning on Saturday the 3rd. Both had around fifty each attending thier presentations. Don was the Conference's Keynote Speaker talking about the glider pilots program and the Silent Wing Museum. There were around 300 attending the banquet to hear Don. It seemed all talks evoked a lot of questions and interest. Great Job!