When the battle for the Arnhem bridges was lost, a legend was born. The brave battle
fought by the British airborne troopers would over shadow all other parts of the
Market Garden operation.
And as where the Arnhem part became famous, the story of the two American Airborne
Divisions stayed largely unknown.
The Troop Carriers who brought all the paratropers, except for a small detachment
of the British, and all US gliders to the battle zone, remained in the shadow of
all Airborne Forces.
This book is the first to tell about the C-47 losses in the Market Garden operation.
It will tell the stories of the men who flew with the C-47s, dropped paratroopers
or towed gliders. Nearly 80 C-47s failed to get back to England and were lost over
Many men evaded capture with the brave help of Belgian and Dutch civilians. Some
payed the highest price for their help.
Over one-hundred crew members died.
This book is the result of the questions the author had. Where did a plane crash?
What happened to the crew? Who were those men? Where did they stay?
Ten years of intensive research resulted in this book.
The book counts over 350 pages. There are about 380 photos, many of them never published
I am happy to tell you that I received your book from Burg. I have read it and I
am very impressed with the excellent work you have done to put this book together.
I can see why it took you 10 years of research to find all the information. The
collection of pictures was very interesting to see. It brought back many memories
to me, as I was one of the lucky one to survive Market Garden.
My congratulations to you. You have done a great service for the memory of the Troop
Carrier part in the Market Garden Mission.
Julian A. Rice
Pilot, 37th Sqdn, 316th TCG
Dear Hans, Congratulations on the completion of your book Wings of Freedom. I know
how much hard work you have put into this over the years and honestly, I don’t know
HOW you did it. It is such a complex subject and required volumes of research, I
imagine. On behalf of the Nelson family, I want to thank you for bringing this important
work to fruition. My father, 1st Lt. David W. Nelson, would be so moved, as we all
are, that you gave so much of your time and never faltered in your quest to complete
this work. We have never met, but I do hope that one day we will. Until then, know
that we are grateful and honored to have this connection with you. With utmost respect
and gratitude, Deborah L. Gerome daughter of 1st Lt. David W. Nelson who was a pilot
in the 53rd Troop Carrier Squadron
Thank you for the email regarding your books publication! I immediately ordered/and
received a copy! What a masterpiece of documentation!!!!! My father (Richard Stoltenberg)
has enjoyed reading (and reading every page!).
Thanks, again, for the time your time and attention to details!
My copies arrived today – Gave them a quick look, can’t wait to start reading.
Deze week het boek binnen gekregen en zeker een aanrader voor de Market Garden en
Troop Carrier geïnteresseerden. Chrisje
I've seen the proofreading version of this book and it is outstanding in my view. Hans,
a job well done buddy! Hope to receive my copy soon! Tom P.
Battle of Burp Gun Corner
New book published in 2014
Burp Gun CornerA small crossroad in Germany became one of the most special places
in US military history. Besides media coverage of the battle in 1945, it had never
grown over the ranks of the Troop Carrier Glider Pilots who participated in the battle.
Being the first time of double tow in the European Theatre of Operations in combat,
being the first time of a definite mission for glider pilots and being the one and
only full officer combat organization in the field, the operation and actions must
have a special place in history. At the end of the war a lot of men carried camera’s
into battle. That enables us to have a historical view and to have a window to the
past. With photos taken on recent visits to the same area, it is possible to see
The book has 91 pages and more then 140 photos. Beside that, the book has several
diagrams and maps, and a full list of crews of the 435th Troop Carrier Group on this
ISBN-13:978-0-9722903-2-6 Publisher: Walka Books
The book is available in the Silent Wings Museum gift shop call (806) 775-3049 to
order your copy.
All book proceeds will go to the Silent Wings Museum.
For the European market,, please contact the webmester: marketc47(AT)gmail com