Airspeed Horsa I (LH291) [@ RAF Shawbury]
RAF Shawbury is the home for the construction of a Horsa Mk1 by the Assault Glider Trust. A large section of an original Horsa fuselage has been loaned to the Trust for use as a pattern and copies of the original drawings have been supplied by BAe Systems on the understanding that LH291 will not be flown when completed. Click to see the Trust's Waco/Hadrian.
A commando bike - according to one well informed source i.e. John H, it was "bloody uncomfortable to ride"
The Bren gun - my late fathers favourite gun during the North African Campaign. The word Bren comes from 'Brno (the Czechoslovak town of design) and Enfield (location of the British Royal Small Arms Factory). It was used by the British Army from the 1930s until 1991.
The PIAT, (Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank), was one of the earlier anti-tank weapons based on a HEAT (High-Explosive Anti-Tank) projectile. It was developed by the Brits from 1941 and reached active service for the invasion of Sicily in 1943. Although it could be used more easily in enclosed spaces than the American Bazooka or the German Panzerschreck, it was primitive, heavy, cumbersome, strenuous to cock and it had a very short range. According to the late Blaster Bates in one of his lectures if you didnít duck quickly after firing the fins had a tendency to rebound off the tank and make chips of you!
This Horsa Cockpit is being constructed by the Assault Glider Trust for the Silent Wings museum which is dedicated to American WW2 glider pilots, situated in Lubbock, Texas. Completed airframe parts will be shipped over to America for final assembly. The American 17th, 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions used over 300 Horsa's on operations in Europe. Click to see the Trust's Waco/Hadrian