Object of the Month – September 2019
25th September marks the end of Operation Market Garden. The plan was to use airborne forces to seize and hold strategic bridges near the Dutch-German border to allow armoured ground units to advance and create a route into Germany.
NIWM’s Object of the Month for September 2019 is this Flying Log Book (NIWM:2018.2193) that belonged to Leading aircraftman Robert Lowry Thompson who served with No. 271 Squadron. From the images you can see that he was involved in towing gliders to a landing zone (L.Z.) near Arnhem, resupply missions and also the evacuation of casualties.
Ultimately, Operation Market Garden failed to secure a bridgehead across the Rhine and into Germany.