Staff-Sergeant Leslie Ridings


Leslie Ridings of "C" Squadron The Glider Pilot Regiment, who died on the 7th June 1944 as a result of wounds sustained after landing with the first lift. His Hamilcar glider, Chalk Number 501, "the Bag of Baghdad", carrying a 17-pounder anti-tank gun and 8 men of the 3rd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, suffered a broken tow rope shortly after crossing the French coast and landed in an orchard near the village of St. Vaast-en-Auge. German troops attacked the glider at dawn; Ridings was mortally wounded and three others, Bombardier William Whitney and Gunners Frank Newham and Douglas Stanley, were killed. The co-pilot, Sergeant Harris, got away. Copyright: Stephen Ridings.