Silent wings over the Rhine

Christopher Warner details his great-uncle’s harrowing experience as a glider pilot in World War Two

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ARTWORK: ANTONIS KARIDIS

Seventy-five years ago this March, Flight Officer Tom Warner unhitched his Waco glider from a C-47 Skytrain tug aircraft over Wesel in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia. Thick smoke and a steady stream of antiaircraft fire greeted his arrival over Landing Zone ‘N’, a crowded area that resembled an aircraft junkyard strewn with broken tails and wings.

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