Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight (Peggy)

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other sculpture
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight will commemorate the “Coup de Main” operation carried out by men of D & B. Companies, 2nd. Battalion Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, who were air landed by Horsa Glider after being released from their Halifax tug aircraft on D-Day the 6th. June 1944 by 298 and 644 Squadron RAF. At 26 minutes past midnight the bridges over the Orne River and Caen Canal were secured and the message ‘Ham & Jam’ was sent to Combined Operations HQ. This daring operation protected the left flank of the main D-Day invasion.
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This Memorial Creation was overseen by Artist/Blacksmith BROMLEY O'HARE. This modern sculpture is not an exact replica of a Horsa Glider, rather a stylised approach to give a 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 air passing over the wings after being released and the anticipation of a precarious landing in hostile territory were foremost in the design concept. The three Horsa Gliders are descending on a giant letter S in commemoration of this most SECRET operation carried out in SILENCE , with SPEED , STEALTH and achieved complete SURPRISE! The Gliders are set on a two metre high conical column with a circular base for the garden.

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Glider Pilot Regiment. 298 and 644 Squadrons Royal Air Force. 7th Battalion Parachute Regiment. Royal Engineers. Royal Army Medical Corps.

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