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Freshman at 80

Remembering Operation Freshman in Norway on 19 November 1942, the first glider mission by British airborne forces– and the first for any Allied force as a matter of fact.

A group of engineers set out by glider to link up with Norwegian resistance fighters to destroy a German research establishment working to develop an atomic bomb. All of the troops were killed, either when their gliders crash-landed in bad weather or were captured and executed.

While a failure, the mission showed the reach, flexibility, and audacity of airborne forces

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