Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight

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Reference WMO251338

Address:

National Memorial Arboretum

Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove

Croxall Road

Alrewas

Burton-on-Trent

DE13 7 AR

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Description: Other sculpture
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: No lettering
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight is a stunning sculpture being created in stainless steel. It consists of 3 Horsa Gliders descending on a giant S. The gliders are of different sizes with naturally the smallest at the top with a wingspan of 3 foot, the Middle glider 5ft and the lower one of 7 foot wingspan. The total height will be 16 foot. The giant S symbolises this most secret mission carried out in silence with utmost speed, using stealth and achieved complete surprise. The success of which can only be measured in terms of the freedom for the people's of Europe. The memorial is symbolically located at the end of the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove close to the railway bridge, the River Tame and a Quarry Lake. It is reached by a meandering footpath which leads from the Sun Room in the centre of the Grove. There is also a roadway running alongside the River Tame to the memorial. The sculpture being made is not an exact replica of Horsa Gliders in flight, rather a stylised approach to give the sense that men and crew are being transported in quite a fragile vessel with only a wooden superstructure and canvas between them and Mother Earth. The feeling of exposure, the sound of wind passing over the wings after being released and the anticipation of a precarious landing over hostile territory were foremost in our minds. The sculpture is being created by Bromley O'Hare AWCB. Blacksmith - Designer - Sculptor
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There will be no inscription on the memorial. But educational panels will be created close to the memorial telling the story of the mission "Operation Deadstick". Which was carried out by soldiers of the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry, Glider Pilot Regiment, Royal Engineers, Royal Army Medical Corps and 7 Para Liaison. This mission established the now famous Pegasus Bridge at Benouville, Normandy France.

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