This section of the website is dedicated to the telling of the stories of those who fought in the 1st Airborne Division's areas in Sicily. I would like to fill this section with as many stories as possible, first-hand accounts by the persons concerned are preferable, though second-hand accounts are welcome. Stories may concern men of the 1st Airborne Division, the Glider Pilot Regiment, 38 Wing of the RAF, the 51st Troop Carrier Wing USAAF, any other British or American units that came into contact with the airborne troops, as well as the German and Italian forces who opposed them, and the Sicilian civilians who lived in the surrounding area.


The stories may be of any length, anything from a description of a single incident to a full description of the three month campaign. Background details and photographs of the people concerned are also welcome. Also, if you know of any further details about a person mentioned here, or know any information to be incorrect, please write to me and let me know.


Biographies, sorted alphabetically


Allied Forces


1st Airborne Division


Divisional Headquarters


1st Parachute Brigade

Brigade Headquarters

1st Parachute Battalion

2nd Parachute Battalion

3rd Parachute Battalion

1st Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, RA

1st Parachute Squadron, RE

16 Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC


1st Airlanding Brigade

Brigade Headquarters

1st Battalion The Border Regiment

2nd Battalion The South Staffordshire Regiment

181 Airlanding Field Ambulance, RAMC


2nd Parachute Brigade

4th Parachute Battalion


Divisional Units

1st Airborne Divisional Signals

9th Field Company, RE


Attached Units

The Glider Pilot Regiment