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JOHN ALDRED

SERVICE NO. 3656824

Army: Private

Parachute Regiment

13th (2/4th Battalion, The South Lancashire Regiment) Battalion

DIED: 06 June 1944

AGE: 24

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

He was a passenger in Horsa Glider Chalk 35 which was due to land near Hauger and Ranville on the eastern flank of the British sector in the early hours of D-Day. This was part of Operation Tonga (6th Airborne Division's parachute and glider assault in the early hours of D-Day).

The glider took off from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire at 01:10 on D-Day. It was was towed by Albemarle piloted by Flying Officer Halpin of 296 Squadron (RAF) and carried men of 13th Parachute Battalion, 5 Parachute Brigade and one man from 6 (Airborne) Division Signals.

The glider was due to land at Drop Zone N, at Ranville but it was thought to have been hit by German anti-aircraft fire and crashed in a wood at Ferme de Manoir, St Vaast-en-Auge, Calvados around 02:45 killing most of those on board.

MEMORIAL LOCATION: Column 3

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