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Important Notice
We intend to add information about all those brave souls, units, societies and associations listed here. Please bear with us whilst this website is created. In the meantime each garden page will display a list of memorials and commemorative plaques as well as how the memorials were designed and constructed, along with lists of trees and shrubs. Eventually you will be able to click on a link below and go to a specific index for the person, unit, association or society.


Garden 7 - Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight & Airborne Forces

Airborne Forces Memorials

The Airborne Forces memorials will commemorate airborne soldiers and all those who supported their actions in war and peace. We have recently added plaques commemorating a WW2 soldier who fought at Arnhem 1944 and four soldiers who lost their young lives in the Falklands War 1982.

Plaque 1 - Jason Burt age 17, Neil Grose age 18 and Ian Scrivens age 17 - 3 Para - Falklands War 1982
Plaque 2 - Neil Grose - Family Plaque
Plaque 3 - Mark Dodsworth age 24 - 3 Para - Falklands War 1982
Plaque 4 - Cyril Wilde age 92 - 3 Para - Arnhem 1944

Wolverhampton & District Parachute Regiment Association Seat.

Main Commemorative Plaque
Bob Tong 1923-2014 - 2 SAS
John Nolan 1936-2015 - 23 SAS
William (Bill) Russell 1924-2015 - 7th & 17th Parachute Regiment Battalions
Bryan William Dodsworth and Mark Steven Dodsworth - 3 Para
Tribute Plaque

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PEGASUS BRIDGE MEMORIAL FLIGHT - "Peggy's" Incredible Journey 2015-2018

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"Operation Deadstick" - D-Day 6th June 1944

"Your task is to seize INTACT the bridges
And hold them until relief by 7 Para
You must expect a counter attack anytime after one hour
It is vital that the crossing places be held."
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"Operation Deadstick" - D-Day 6th Juin 1944

"Votre tâche est de saisir INTACT les ponts
Et les tenir jusqu'à ce que le soulagement par 7 Par
Vous devez vous attendre à une contre-attaque à tout moment après une heure
Il est vital que les lieux de passage soient tenus"


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PEGGY'S MISSION

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We are raising funds for a new memorial to be established in the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove, which is an integral part of the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR. The design of three gliders descending on a giant S shape is symbolic of this most Secret operation carried out in Silence with Speed, Stealth and achieved complete Surprise.

"The Maquette I have made is not an exact replica of a Horsa Glider, rather a stylised approach to give the sense that men and crew are being transported in quite a fragile vessel with only a wooden superstructure and canvas between them and mother earth. The feeling of exposure, the sound of air passing over the wings after being released and the anticipation of a precarious landing over hostile territory were foremost in my mind."

Bromley O'Hare AWCB
Blacksmith - Designer - Sculptor

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Nous recueillons des fonds pour la création d'un nouveau mémorial dans la zone commémorative des forces spéciales alliées, qui fait partie intégrante de l'arboretum national commémoratif, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR. Royaume Uni. La conception de trois planeurs descendant sur une forme S géante est symbolique de cette opération la plus Secrète menée dans Silence avec Speed, Stealth et a réalisé une Surprise complète.


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THE TAKING OF PEGASUS BRIDGE

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The Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight will commemorate the “Coup de Main” operation carried out by men of D & B. Companies, 2nd. Battalion Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, who were air landed by Horsa Glider after being released from their Halifax tug aircraft on D-Day the 6th. June 1944 by 298 and 644 Squadron RAF. At 26 minutes past midnight the bridges over the Orne River and Caen Canal were secured and the message ‘Ham & Jam’ was sent to Combined Operations HQ. This daring operation protected the left flank of the main D-Day invasion.

Pegasus Bridge was the first engagement of D-Day, the turning point of World War II. It was so crucial that, had it not been successful, then the entire Normandy invasion might have failed. They were air landed beside the bridges by soldiers of the Glider Pilot Regiment and supported by Royal Engineers, Royal Army Medical Corps & 7 Para liaison. Soon afterwards hundreds of soldiers of 7 Para were dropped to reinforce the Ox and Bucks and then Lord Lovats Commandos joined them after landing from the sea. The “Coup de Main” was led by Major John Howard, who had trained his troops for over 2 years for this one operation. The rest of course is history.

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Le pont Pegasus commémorera l'opération "Coup de Main" menée par des hommes de D & B. Companies, 2e. Le Battalion Oxfordshire et l'Infanterie légère du Buckinghamshire, qui ont été débarqués par Horsa Glider après avoir été relâchés de leur Halifax remorqueur le 6 Juillet. Juin 1944 par 298 et 644 e Escadron RAF. 26 minutes après minuit, les ponts sur l'Orne et le canal de Caen ont été sécurisés et le message «Ham & Jam» a été envoyé au QG des opérations combinées.

Cette opération audacieuse a protégé le flanc gauche de l'invasion principale du jour D. Pegasus Bridge a été le premier engagement du jour D c'etait crutial si il avait echoue, le tournant de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. aurait ete l' invasion.


 298 SQUADRON ROYAL AIR FORCE  ROYAL ENGINEERS  GLIDER PILOT REGIMENT  PARACHUTE REGIMENT  OXFORDSHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY  ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS  644 SQUADRON ROYAL AIR FORCE


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PEGGY'S POST & SKIRT

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In late November 2015 the design of the Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight was accepted for inclusion in the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove by the National Memorial Arboretum. This enabled the fund raising for the estimated £45,000 cost to start. In 2016 we had funded "Peggy's Post and Skirt" which will support the giant S shape and provide a small garden below her wings.

The memorial will be located close to the railway viaduct, River Tame and quarry lake at the far end of the Arboretum.


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PEGGY'S BABY

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During 2016 work commenced on Peggy's Baby! This is the top glider and has a wingspan of 3 foot and weighs in at a healthy 9 kilos.


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PEGGY'S MUM

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During 2017 work commenced on Peggy's Mum! This is the middle glider and has a wingspan of 5 foot.


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PEGGY'S DAD

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During 2017 work commenced on Peggy's Dad! This is the bottom glider and has a wingspan of 7 foot and is shown here with the Baby!


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THE GIANT "S" SHAPE

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During 2017 work commenced on the giant "S" shape which will hold the three gliders in flight. This 10 foot high design has now been converted to Computer Aided Design format and practice components have been cut from mild steel ready for final checking in January 2018. The final height of the memorial will be 16 feet.


FUNDING

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Since November 2015 we have raised over £35,000 towards this most prestigeous and stunning memorial. The final cost should not exceed £45,000. We are still in need of £9,500 and fund raising is always ongoing. Should we exceed the budget then funds will go towards the educational plaques which will describe the operation.

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THE FIRST EDUCATIONAL PLAQUE

DONATIONS
Should you wish to help then please contact Mike Colton on 07929-118598 or by e-mail michaelcolton@btconnect.com
Cheques should only be made payable to the Allied Special Forces Association and sent to the address given by Mike once contact is made.
(We can only accept cash and cheques as there is no online donation facility now.)

We take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind support over the past three years. Remember "The impossible always takes longer!".


The Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove is adminstered by the Allied Special Forces Association .
The Grove is independently funded by its members, friends and generous public donations. Your help would be appreciated.

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