Army Flying Museum to mark the 80th anniversary of the Glider Pilot Regiment

The 80th anniversary of the formation of one of the regiments which served in some of the largest and most important operations in World War Two will be marked in a variety of events at the Army Flying Museum.

On February 24, 1942 the Glider Pilot Regiment (GPR) was formed, and a series of talks, demonstrations and activities will take place over the coming months at the Middle Wallop based Museum to commemorate the occasion.

This short-lived unit was established in response to Germany’s successful use of airborne forces.

Horsa Glider being assembled
Horsa glider being assembled by civilian staff employed by the Ministry of Aircraft Production Via the Army Flying Museum

The role of the Regiment was to use huge, engineless gliders to land soldiers, weapons, equipment and supplies behind enemy lines using the element of surprise. Glider pilots were trained to fight alongside the troops they had flown into battle.

On Monday February 21, ‘Gripping Gliders’, sees a special presentation for families visiting the Museum during half-term week, by GPR expert Tony Bray.

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