The 62nd Troop Carrier Squadron led the 314th Troop Carrier Group in Operation Varsity.
These were the last gliders towed across the Rhine in the last airborne operation
in Europe. This was Serial A21.
Twenty tow planes towed as many gliders. In the gliders flown by the 62nd Troop Carrier
Squadron were men and equipment of:
Take off was at 9.30 hours. The gliders started landing in the LZ-N area at 12.32
Three glider pilots were killed in action.
Capt. Emil M. Crozier
2nd Lt. Donald V. Peterson
F/O Landen K. Flaming
Four more glider pilots were wounded.
Three photos showing the line up of the 62nd Troop Carrier Squadron at Poix, France.
The plane near the camera in the photo above-left, is named “Witch Hazel’.
These photos, all from this page, come from the Roger Freeman collection, American
Air Museum in Britain.
Take off from one of the tow planes. On the extreme right in the photo a small piece
of the glider is visible. With tail letter R, is is (yet) unknown which plane this
is, or who the crew was.
Major Bennett Y. Allen pictured before take-off talking with Col. James J. Roberts,
CO of the 52nd Troop Carrier Wing.
He landed approximattely in the middle of LZ-N. After landing, unloading jeep and
personnel, he went to a house held by medics. From there he found his way to the
assembly area and the 17th A/B Division CP near the lake in the woods.
The day after he moved further to the POW area and from there to the Rhine. Across
the Rhine he moved to the airstrip at Helmond to catch a 32nd Troop Carrier Squadron
plane back to France.
The glider in the back was piloed by Capt. Crozier, who was killed in action.