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Glider pilots to be remembered at Marks Hall Arboretum

PUBLISHED: 16:40 19 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:40 19 March 2018

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum where the gliders will be remembered. Picture: PETER BASH? CITIZENSIDE

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum where the gliders will be remembered. Picture: PETER BASH? CITIZENSIDE

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A remembrance event will be held this week for those involved in a World War Two operation.

More than 16,000 troops were involved in Operation Varsity, the largest airborne operation in history on March 24 1945.

440 gliders were involved in the mission and took off from a number of East Anglian bases including Earls Colne.

Of these 102 glider pilots were killed and another 102 were injured.

Nevertheless the work of this regiment, which was only in existence for 11 years, helped to take and hold the town of Hamminkeln in Germany.

73 years later these men will be remembered by the Glider Pilot Regiment Society at the memorial at Marks Hall Arboretum.

Members of the society will be on hand to speak to attendees about the role the regiment played in the war.

A small display will also be housed inside the visitor centre at the arboretum.

The event takes place on March 24 at 10 am.

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