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The following links are focus on missions.


D-Day Minus One: IX Troop Carrier Command

Published on Jan 3, 2013
Documents the activities of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the 9th Troop Carrier Command on June 5 and 6, 1944. Parachute and glider troops land behind German coastal defenses in France on the day preceding the full invasion. Reinforcements arrive the following day. Shows much of the preparation in England immediately before the attacks, including a final inspection by Gen. Eisenhower. Includes aerial views of Normandy Beach and of lands flooded to deter the invasion. Shows how fields were obstructed to wreck invading gliders. A Treasury Department trailer promotes war bond sales. . This Military Documentary made available courtesy the Department of Defense, National Technical Information Service, and the National Archives and Records Administration
YouTube Channel “Tomorrow Always Comes”



OPERATION “MARKET” The Airborne Invasion of Holland, September 17, 1944

Full feature NWWIIGPA documentary.


Operation Market Garden -- E.T.O. Airborne Operations

Published on Dec 8, 2011
Allied airborne operations in Europe in World War 2. Primarily Operation Market Garden made famous in the movie A Bridge Too Far-- 101st Airborne Division and 82nd Airborne Division. Invade the Rhine Delta in the Netherlands. Paratroopers load into Douglas C-47 Skytrain (or Dakota) transports and head for Holland. Landings at Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem. Gliders prepare for takeoff towed by C-47s. Formation wings across the English Channel. Weakest part of Fortress Germany. Gliders cut away and come down for landings. Airborne troops consolidate.



Bastogne Resupplied on a Wing and a Prayer

Full feature documentary.



Dangerous landing in a military glider, type CG-4A

The first part from the 0:00 to the 1.23 minute mark shows the glider mission to Remagen. This was a two glider evacuation operation. These two gliders were the first to land on the east side of the Rhine River. The operation was flown on March 22, 1945. Besides the evacuation of wounded, the gliders brought in medical supplies. The second part, from the 1.23 minute mark to the end, shows the landing at Wesel, the Rhine Crossing, also known as Operation Varsity. The date is 24 March 1945. The chalk number #14 glider carried a jeep with medics. During the landings, the majority of the landing zones the gliders were subjected to German small arms fire. In the film they are driving the jeep out after the enemy fire has been eradicated. If the men are from the 224th Medical Company (who were flown over with approximately 40 gliders and lost the most men of all the units), then this is one of the 48 gliders in Serial A-20 and flown by 99th Troop Carrier Squadron, 441st Troop Carrier Group. The pilots of that glider would be 2nd Lt. Norman J. THOMSON and F/O Elliott B. WEISS. Lt. Thomson wrote in his report, Received intense small arms enemy fire on down wind leg. Landed and was under fire by ground forces. Co-pilot shot after leaving glider Sadly, F/O WEISS died of his wounds. Lt. THOMSON was also hit but the bullet ricocheted off his helmet. At the 2.24 minute, one of the B-24 bombers fly over. These were dropping supplies for the airborne troopers. The last glider visible is, if I recall correctly, a 441st Troop Carrier Group glider. This film can be found with all the videos pertaining to the glider operations on the NWWIIGPA website. --Hans and Patricia



The following links are Troop Carrier related videos.

Snatching CG–4A Glider


Training — CG–4A Glider

This is a film not showing Horsa gliders but CG–4A gliders. The CG–4A water landing demonstrations at Laurinburg–Maxton in August 1943. The first water landing tests were done a month earlier, first part of July 1943, at East Lake, Indiana. This is a U.S. Army film/National Archives.


Published on Aug 18, 2014
This footage shows the flight of the Troop Carrier Squadrons from England towards Landingzone W over Son in the Netherlands for operation "Market Garden". Most gliders had good landings but the footage also shows the hazards during a glider landing.


Glider Pickup at Eindhoven

YouTube showing pickup in Holland after Market-Garden


Gliders 1944

This film is a mix of films which could be 1943, 1944, and 1945. At 1:44 thru 1:53 is an excellent demonstration of how a glider pilot uses his skids to stop the glider. If you don’t blink you will see a CG–13! At 1:15 and 1:16 for a split second you can see a CG-13 being snatched along with the CG–4A. Demonstrations of what a glider can be used for and some snatches of gliders in the end.


WW2 Second World War Military Gliders

Waco CG–4A CG = Cargo Glider.
The G–4 (short name) is not correct as the G–4 would have the red stripe in the center of each bar indicating USAF as opposed to CG–A, no red stripe, in the USAAF pre–1947. Using G–4 is kind of like saying a 1949 Ford auto grill is a 1952 grill.


WW2 Second World War Military Gliders

Airspeed Horsa Invasion Glider.


99th Troop Carrier Squadron, Tribute to the

Memorial Day 2012 tribute (YouTube presentation)


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