JIM'S D-DAY GLIDER
This was my first Signifyr artwork and is a tribute to my uncle, Jim Wallwork, famous as the first allied soldier to land at Pegasus Bridge on D-Day, piloting Horsa glider PF800. The original aircraft was wood and canvas but this panel is made of hand-painted 0.5mm aluminium. Striking unique piece for home, man cave, hanger, club or retail decor. W1700xH595mm.
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Jim landed PF800, his troop-carrying glider in complete darkness at Pegasus Bridge in the early hours of June 6 1944. Crashing through the windscreen on impact, he joined in the battle to capture the bridge. He had already taken part in the allied invasion of Sicily, and went on to fly gliders at Arnhem and the Rhine Crossing. He was awarded the DFM. Today you can see a replica of PF800 at Pegasus Bridge.
My Aunty Dorothy, a WAAF signaller, married Jim in 1945 in a wedding dress made from parachute silk, and he wore a piece of it as a lucky scarf when flying.