'C' Squadron Pilots
Major F C Aston
Wot! No engines?
17 Pounder AT gun
The Tetrach Tank
The Base - Tarrant Rushton
298 & 644 Sdns RAF
Wing Commander Robert Seymour. AFC.
Gallery: Drawings & Cartoons
Gallery: On the deck
The Glider Pilot Regiment.
A Tetrarch Light Tank exits from a Hamilcar.
No 2 Wing GPR
'C' Squadron was part of No 2 Wing of the Glider Pilot Regiment. It was the heavy glider squadron and consisted of 6 Flight and 7 Flight. For much of the war it was based at
The Squadron Commander was Major J. (
) A.C. Dale. 6 Flight was commanded by Captain Bernard Halsall and 7 Flight by Captain F. C. (Freddie) Aston.
'C' Squadron flew Hamilcar gliders into Ranville on D-Day, Wolfheze as part of Market Garden and finally on Operation Varsity, the Rhine Crossing in 1945.
Nearing the End
A picture taken post war. Sadly the life of the Hamilcar was nearing it's end. With the end of the war with Japan, the final plans for the glider - motorised or not - were abandoned.
Here we see No.1 Flight in September 1945.
We will forge the regiment as a weapon of attack
…Not only will we be trained as pilots, but in all we do
…I shall be quite ruthless
…only the best will be tolerated.
Lieutenant Colonel George Chatterton. October 1942