Wings of freedom
Troop Carrier C-47 losses in Market Garden and the role of the underground movement
by H. den Brok
When the battle for the Arnhem bridges was lost, a legend was born. The brave battle fought by the British airborne troopers would over shadow all other parts of the Market Garden operation.
And as where the Arnhem part became famous, the story of the two American Airborne Divisions stayed largely unknown.
The Troop Carriers who brought all the paratropers, except for a small detachment of the British, and all US gliders to the battle zone, remained in the shadow of all Airborne Forces.
This book is the first to tell about the C-47 losses in the Market Garden operation. It will tell the stories of the men who flew with the C-47s, dropped paratroopers or towed gliders. Nearly 80 C-47s failed to get back to England and were lost over the Continent.
Many men evaded capture with the brave help of Belgian and Dutch civilians. Some payed the highest price for their help.
Over one-hundred crew members died.
This book is the result of the questions the author had. Where did a plane crash? What happened to the crew? Who were those men? Where did they stay?
Ten years of intensive research resulted in this book.
The book counts over 350 pages. There are about 380 photos, many of them never published before.