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Ranville in Manche Département, Basse-Normandie, France — Lower Normandy (Atlantic Coast)
 

Horsa Glider

Planeur Horsa

 
 
Horsa Glider Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2008
1. Horsa Glider Marker
Inscription.
318 planeurs HORSA ont atterri dans la région au cours des operations de la 6e Division Aéroportée Britannique. Il's transportaient des hommes (30 maximum) ou du matériel (jeep et sa remarque, canon de 25 livres, motos, bicyclettes,....).

De ces planeurs, il n'en reste aucun. Ils ont été suit détruites par les Britanniques pour laisser place a d'autres atterrissages, soit "récupéreres" par la population locale, qui se procurait ainsi du bois de chauffage ou du contreplaqué.

En 2002 le Comité du Débarquement a décidé de financer la construction d'une réplique grandeur nature du planeur Horsa. Une équipe d'enthousiastes bénévoles français a été chargée de réaliser le projet qui a pu être mené a son terme grâce 'à l'aide précieuse des musées de Middle Wallop et d'Aldershot qui ont permis l'examen de pièces originales de planeur, et de la firm De Havilland qui a fourni les plans d'epoque.

Les matériaux et les techniques de fabrication sont exactement les mêmes qui ceux utilisés en 1944. Notez les "bandes d'Invasion" noires et blanches qui caractèrisaient tous les aéronefs alliés. Elles étaient peintes bativement au balai avant le 6 juin, ce qui explique leurs dessins irréguliers, mais authentiques.

Les immatriculations figurant sur cette réplique sont celles du premier planeur qui s'est
Horsa Glider image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2008
2. Horsa Glider
posé près du pont Pegasus Bridge le 5 juin à 23 h 16.


318 Horsa gliders landed on the area during operations with the 6th British Airborne Division. The gliders transported men (30 maximum) and material (jeep and trailer, 25 pounder gun, motorbikes, bicycles)

No Horsa glider remains intact. They were destroyed by the British or “liberated” by the local population, for fire wood or for construction materials.

In 2002 le Comite du Débarquement decided to finance the construction of a full-size Horsa glider.

A group of French aeronautical enthusiasts were commissioned to build a copy. Help was given by museums at Middle Wallup and Aldunhat enabling us to examine authentic pieces of glider. The De Havilland association supplied the wartime glider plans. The material and techniques of construction were those used during 1944.

Note the black and white “invasion bands” which characterized D-Day Allied Aircraft. They were usually painted with a flour brush just before 6th June which explains their irregular but authentic patterns.

The registration number on this replica is that of 1st glider to have landed next to Pegasus Bridge at 23h16 on 5 June 1944.
 
Location. 49° 14.591′ N, 0° 16.278′ W. Marker is in Ranville, Basse-Normandie
Horsa Glider image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2008
3. Horsa Glider
Inscription in the photo-An authentic section of a Horsa fuselage. Offered to the Memorial Pegasus by the Museum of Army Flying (Middle Wallop). The total length of the fuselage is 20 meters, more that twice the length of this section.
, in Manche Département. Marker is on Avenue of Major Howard. Click for map. This marker is on the grounds of the Pegasus Bridge Memorial Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Ranville, Basse-Normandie 14970, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Bailey Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Lance Corporal Brian J. Mullen (Sapper), R.E. (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Pegasus Bridge Site (about 180 meters away); Major R. J. Howard (about 240 meters away); First House Liberated in France (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Fourth Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (approx. 17.3 kilometers away); In Memory of All Canadian Gunners (approx. 17.3 kilometers away); Message to the French Resistance (approx. 17.3 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Ranville.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Horsa Glider-inside sitting image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2008
4. Horsa Glider-inside sitting
Pegasus Bridge Memorial Museum image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2008
5. Pegasus Bridge Memorial Museum
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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