Rest In Peace.
Jim Wallwork was often described as the first allied serviceman to set foot on French soil on D-Day. It was a description that caused him some mirth since, after crash-landing his Horsa glider next to the Caen bridge 20 minutes into 6 June 1944, he was thrown head-first through the Perspex windscreen and hit French soil on his belly. Staff-Sergeant Wallwork, of the army's Glider Pilot Regiment, was flying the first of six Horsas carrying soldiers of D Company 2nd Battalion Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in Operation Deadstick to capture two key bridges.
+ Rest in Peace +
Gliders into enemy territory in the dark.....BRAVEST of the Brave!
Rest in Peace Sir. No doubt you will be reunited up in Heaven with many of mates who started the liberation my country and her people on that glorious day.
Rest In Peace
May he + Rest In Peace +
Sympathy & Condolences to his Family, Friends and former Comrades.
R.I.P. - God bless his family, friends and comrades.
RIP StaffI joined the war to cover myself with glory, and medals and free beer for the duration, surrounded by adoring females.
Nihil est impossibilis is not a bad motto to serve under
I had the pleasure of attending a Sgt's Mess dinner with Northern Ireland branch of the Glider Pilots Association in the late 90's, a great night, with some great stories from some guys who could still hold their own when it came to the serious drinking part of the night!