May 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
The first large-scale operation gliderborne allies included the invasion of Sicily in July 1943 – with the participation of American and British pilots towing “tug” aircraft and gliders. Transactions are listed too clear that the allies have much to learn. 144 airframes, 78, falls into the sea, most of which fell just did it for five miles from his goal.
Halsall is the co-pilot a glider U. S. Wako, Hadrian renamed for British use, carrying 14 Marines from the 2 nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment score Ponte Grande double over the canal one mile south of Syracuse in the south eastern tip of Sicily. A lot of thought and preparation went into preparing the glider, but most pilots were inexperienced and braces navigation depends on flying in groups of six combinations tugglider navigator only one of the tugs.
Two hours prior to takeoff from Sousse in Tunisia on the coast of the evening, 9 July 1943, the weather report indicates, 35mph offshore winds over the target area of ??more than 20mph expected. It was decided to maintain plans to release a glider tugs from 3000 meters from the shore, but the increase in the output height from 1400 to 1800 feet to provide excellent battery life, to compensate for a crosswind. Due to the heavy anti-aircraft, many of the gliders were released farther out to sea.
Adrian Halsall in flying Captain Tom McMillen took off in a cloud of dust and headed for Sicily flying 250ft and 125 miles per hour. Keeping aircraft flying stations in the braces is difficult, as the guiding lights along the back edge of the wings is hard to see, and it was not long before the pair lost their group of aircraft in all-important to the navigator. Despite this, an American tugboat pilot discovered the target area and, after release from tow, Halsall spotted the fire below, which McMillen hair. Their glider landed at 80mph in a tomato garden with stone walls, hitting the base of the tree on the wall, knocking the crew and passengers.
McMillen injured his leg on landing, so Halsall led the marines to bring them to the bridge in front of Syracuse heavy enemy fire. Upon reaching the bridge, which was captured, he and South Staffordshires of his glider took over the defensive perimeter of the sector.
The next night against the Italians attacked the bridge and intense battle began. By 1530 hours the next day, the lack of ammunition forced the defenders to surrender, but after 45 minutes people sealanding British forces came to liberate them. Halsall was awarded the MC for his actions after landing, one of several gallantry awards members of the regiment glider pilot for local action.
Halsall back to England to join the newly formed Squadron C glider pilot regiment at Tarrant Rushton in Dorset, to train glider Hamilcar. Hamilcar was designed as a heavy-load carriers and can raise the tetrarch Mark IV light tank or pull the gun 17-pounder anti-tank vehicle and crew.