Sergeant Edward Norman Haines

 

Unit : "A" Squadron, No.1 Wing, The Glider Pilot Regiment

Army No. : 2055668

 

The following is a brief newspaper article detailing the experiences of Sergeant Haines at Arnhem:

 

Sergeant Haines managed to get away from Arnhem unhurt. "I thought I would have to swim the river Lek" he said, "but luckily I managed to get a boat. Food and water supplies were difficult while the fighting raged. Two days after landing we were heavily mortared and this kept up 24 hours a day. Most of the time I was engaged in street and house-to-house fighting. Often the Germans were on one side of a street and we were on the other."

 

Of the flight to Arnhem Sgt. Haines said, "There was one great mass of planes in the sky. We had little or no opposition to the landing, but on arrival we found a piece of flak had gone through the rear of our glider."

 

"There was never any suggestion of surrender from anybody, although the Germans broadcast regularly on a loud speaker asking us to give in. This was treated more or less as a joke, especially as every time they preceded it by playing a record of 'In the Mood.'"

 

Shortly after his return to England, Sergeant Haines married Irene Milburn in Birmingham on the 4th October 1944. Their first daughter, Janet, was born on the 12th October 1945, and in 1948 the family moved to South Africa, where a second daughter, Jennifer, was born on the 22nd November 1955. Sergeant Haines died on the 23rd August 1963, aged 44.

 

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