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Charles Thomas Brackstone  

Servicenumber : 2083005
Rank : Serjeant
Regiment : Glider Pilot Regiment
Unit : 2nd Wing
Date of Death : 17-09-1944
Age : 23
Grave : Plot 3. Row C. Grave 12.
Charles Thomas Brackstone was a son of Rupert and Lily Ada Lydia Brackstone (nee Vaughan). He was born on 9 October 1920. He was married to Winifred Ethine Brackstone of Dundonald, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
Brackstone enlisted in 1939 in Eastleigh and served with the Royal Engineers before tranferring to the Glider Pilot Regiment.
Brackstone served with No.6 Flight, C Squadron. He was the co-pilot of Hamilcar 319 which left England from Tarrant Rushton. The glider carried a 17-pounder anti-tank gun with its three-ton Morris towing lorry from D Troop, 1st Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery RA. After having landed on landingzone-Z, just short of the railway embankment, the Hamilcar overturned. Brackstone was killed and the pilot, Jack Shaw, badly injured.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Brackstone was buried by local Air Raid Wardens in the Onder de Bomen General Cemetery at Renkum.
Picture: 23-09-2012
He gave
The greatest gift of all
The gift
of his unfinished life
Picture: 19-09-2016
The location where Hamilcar 319 overturned after landing. 
Sources:Roll of Honour, website CWGC, Brotherhood of the Cauldron, Glider Pilots at Arnhem (Thanks to Mike Peters and Luuk Buist who gave permission for using the info), Google Maps, website of De Veluwepost, volume 1 of Operation Market Garden, then and now and info left at the grave by the gprfamilygroup.


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