World War II Veteran Pilot Recalls Wartime Glider Operations
Maj. Bob Swenson talks about piloting "the flying coffins" of the War
SEATTLE, May 2, 2014--On May 10, World War II veteran pilot Bob Swenson will talk about his experiences flying troop-carrying gliders in massive airborne assaults over Europe in 1945. Swenson served with the 435th Troop Carrier Group during Operation Varsity, an Allied invasion of western Germany that consisted of over 3,000 gliders, fighters and transport aircraft.
After landing their gliders during this operation, Swenson and other glider pilots joined Allied troops in heroic combat while defeating their German attackers in what became known as the "Battle of Burp Gun Corner." Speaking with Swenson will be Patricia Overman, whose father E. Lee Whitmire also served in Swenon's glider Group. The 1 p.m. lecture is free with admission to the Museum.
Image: Hundreds of CG-4 troop-carrying gliders and C-47 towplanes prepare for takeoff during World War II.
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