The crash landing of the HORSA GLIDER CN35
This is a major event at Saint Vaast En Auge. The glider should have landed at RANVILLE (12 miles S/E), but the tow rope when the plane reached the French coast, probably due to the Flak.
The glider crashed into trees, killing the two pilots, S/Sgt Colin HOPGOOD and Sgt Daniel PHILLIPS.
Three passengers probably died in that crash: Captain Spencer DAISLEY (Q.M.), Private John ALDRED, his batman, and Signalman Douglas DAVIS, a despatch rider, unfit for ‘the big drop’.
The three Canadians, Sgt Major HALL, Sgt LA CROIX, and Sgt BROWN, probably saw the glider after the crash.
Load: a jeep and a trailer for 13th Para Bat re supply (Captain S. DAISLEY + Pvte J. ALDRED)
A motorcycle for Signalman D.DAVIS
2 Paras were found sheltered in a wash house near the crash site. They were fed by a villager for two days, and were captured trying to escape.
Their names, ranks are not known.