Pegasus Bridge

11 June 2024 |

10.45am Tuesday

We have just visited Pegasus Bridge – the landing site of the first 3 gliders, containing 30 soldiers in each, to arrive in Normandy on D Day as part of Operation Overlord. We learned how the pilots had practised over the south downs in the UK in the lead up to making their journey to Normandy on 6th June 1944. The pegasus symbol is taken from the badge of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 6th Airborne Division who flew in on the gliders

Just over the canal is Café Gondrée where we saw Arlette Gondree still managing the café, just 3 at the time of D Day.

We were delighted to see the bridge be raised to enable a 1940s ice-breaker ship from Finland pass through and along the canal.

Having walked to see the original bridge and a replica of one of the Horsa fliders, we are now back on the coach and making our way to our next venue.