Thursday, 7 June 2012

Stanley Galland Cairns - Glider Pilot - Website

I'd like to direct you to a website I was made aware of recently on the WW2Talk forum. It concerns Major Stanley Cairns GPR from his early days in the Royal Artillery, serving as part of the BEF in France and its subsequent evacuation from Dunkirk, to volunteering for the GPR and taking part in the Italian campaign, the invasion of France and the ill fated Operation Market Garden in September 1944.  

This is an extremely interesting and well put together website and Stanley Cairns story is a mighty interesting read, but what makes this website truly stand out is the inclusion of a photograph album (or images of) sent to Stanley after the war by Mrs A.L.A. Kremer-Kingma, the lady owner of the house he and his men held in Oosterbeek during the battle. There are also some marvellous photo's taken from the Glider Pilot Training Manual along with some interesting miscellaneous photo's of Horsas etc.

Stanley's sons have developed and published the website and have been kind enough to allow us to add a link to it (see below). I'd like to offer my thanks to them and also congratulate them on very fitting tribute to their father.

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