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On the night of 5 June 1944, a force of 181 men, led by Major John Howard, took off from RAF Tarrant Rushton in Dorset tasked with taking the strategically significant Bénouville Bridge over the river Orne, Normandy, France. They landed their wooden gliders within feet of the bridge and despite being outnumbered by the Germans successfully took and held the bridge, which was later renamed Pegasus bridge in their honour.

This marked the beginning of ‘D Day’ and the allied invasion of occupied Europe.

We were asked to obtain drone footage of some of the glider path for a television documentary in April 2014. The video below one we made containing some of the footage we obtained for the production and some background information and historical photographs of the bridge.