Text Box:  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.


Information about the tug plane+ Horsa CN35


Load: a jeep and a trailer for 13th Para Bat re supply (Captain S. DAISLEY + Pvte J. ALDRED)

            A motorcycle for Signalman D.DAVIS

Other information:

            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.