This website will be constantly updated with new material and to this end I would be most grateful for any assistance in the areas listed below.
The Pegasus Archive is an ongoing project that will, in time cover all of the major airborne operations of the Second World War; from Operations Colossus and Freshman, and the Bruneval Raid, through to North Africa, Italy, Southern France, Greece, the Ardennes, Norway and Denmark, and the Far East. It will take me years to work my way through them all, but I'm constantly working on developing each of them and any help received in the meantime will go a long way to ensuring their success. I would, therefore, be grateful for any assistance whatsoever on laying the foundations of these sites. This can include anything, from the titles of books that address each subject, to veterans accounts, photos, casualty and roll of honour lists, order of battle, etc. If you can help, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Biographies section will be very much an ongoing process, and I only plan to stop once I have run out of people to write about. Any soldier who served in the 1st Airborne Division, any Allied soldier who fought alongside or Axis soldier who fought against the Division, or any Sicilian civilian who lived in the area in which they operated, may all contribute their stories, first or second hand, to the site. So if you have a story to tell please send me an email and share it with me. There is no limit to the length of these stories, they can take the form of a description of a single incident or a complete account of the operations. All will be published in full. Background information is also welcome, such as Date/Place of Birth/Death, pre-war life, post-war life, wartime career, marriage, children etc. Photographs are also welcome. If you would like to send a photograph but do not have scanning facilities to email it, then write to me and I'll give you my home address so that you can post it. All photos will be carefully handled and quickly returned in the condition that they came in.
Unit Histories / Order of Battle / Roll of Honour / Awards
The site lacks a lot of detail about the composition of the 1st Airborne Division in July 1943, not to mention that of other units involved in their story. Outside the 1st Airborne Division I am particularly interested in 38 Wing RAF, 51st Troop Carrier Wing USAAF, 2nd Battalion The Northamptonshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion the Royal Scots Fusiliers and others of the 17th Infantry Brigade, 4th Armoured Brigade and any of the Durham Light Infantry battalions in the 151st Infantry Brigade. If you can contribute any information, relevant to Sicily, concerning their order of battle, fatalities, awards issued to personnel in these units, or any relevant statistics or miscellaneous information, it would be much appreciated.
If you have access to any photographs that are in any way connected with the 1st Airborne Division or the units that supported or opposed them in Sicily, taken before, during, or after the Sicilian campaign, then please get in touch as there is a place for them on the site. If you have access to a scanner you can send the pictures to the following email address, email@example.com, or if you don't then let me know and I'll give you my address, photocopies may suffice but the originals would be better if I could borrow them to scan them myself. All such items will be carefully handled and quickly returned in the same condition.
Do you know of a book in any way connected to the 1st Airborne Division or Sicily that you cannot find listed in the Credits section? If so please write and let me know as I probably don't know about it.