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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.

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About the Author

Hans den Brok
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Publish Date  November 09, 2010

Dimensions  Standard Portrait  356 pgs Standard Paper

Category  History

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dgerome

dgerome says

Dear Hans,
Congratulations on the completion of your book Wings of Freedom. I know how much hard work you have put into this over the years and honestly, I don’t know HOW you did it. It is such a complex subject and required volumes of research, I imagine. On behalf of the Nelson family, I want to thank you for bringing this important work to fruition. My father, 1st Lt. David W. Nelson, would be so moved, as we all are, that you gave so much of your time and never faltered in your quest to complete this work.
We have never met, but I do hope that one day we will. Until then, know that we are grateful and honored to have this connection with you.

With utmost respect and gratitude,

Deborah L. Gerome
daughter of 1st Lt. David W. Nelson who was a pilot in the 53rd Troop Carrier Squadron

posted at 07:24am Nov 16 PST

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