A George Medal during the invasion of Sicily
|1. The WW2 George Medal (obverse and reverse)|
|2. Private Richard ('Dick') Haley, G.M. |
1st Bn. The Border Regiment, Airborne Div.
(Awarded the George Medal in 1943)
This article is about Private Richard ('Dick') Haley, Service No 3598957 of Frizington, Cumberland, who was awarded the George Medal during the invasion of Sicily in July 1943. At that time Private Haley was serving with the 1st Battalion The Border Regiment (1st Airborne Division) who were part of a glider-borne force detailed to land in Sicily with the objective of taking the Ponte Grande Bridge near Salerno.
As events turned out, most of the gliders transporting the 1st Border airborne troops and material failed to reach Sicily, due largely to the tow rope being released far too early by largely inexperienced American pilots from C-47s towing the gliders. Many of the gliders went into the sea, with significant loss of life. Thanks to the selfless gallantry of Private Dick Haley, whose glider was one of those that landed in the sea, a number of his fellow glider crew were able to be rescued.
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