Company Quartermaster Sergeant Albert Edward Davies was the son of David James and Louisa Isabelle Davies, and husband of Mrs D Davies (nee Dunford). He served with 9th (Essex) Parachute Battalion and took part in planned D-Day landings in Normandy.
He was among troops selected to take part in Operation Tonga, flown to Normandy by glider. The glider would be flown to Varaville, in support of the D-Day attack on the Merville Battery by 9th Battalion.
Their first pilot S/Sgt Marfleet was to fly Horsa glider, Chalk No. 67 supported by co-pilot Sgt Haines, behind tug pilot, Flying Officer Christopher Lawson. CQMS Davies was among three passengers, including Bdr W Sidney (4th Airlanding Anti-Tank Bty RA) and Dvr J Lunn (716 (Airborne) Lt Coy RASC), travelling with the load of a jeep and trailer, 4 bikes, 2 bridging sections and several Bangalore Torpedoes.
Hooked up to Albermarle V1746, Horsa Chalk 67 took off shortly before 11.30pm 5 June 1944. First Pilot S/Sgt Marfleet flew the glider to the assembly point over Worthing successfully. Some miles off the Normandy coast however, deteriorating weather and increasingly thick cloud made flying 'on station' very difficult. As V1746 and Chalk 67 entered a particularly thick section of cloud the towrope broke and the glider crashed into the English Channel, killing all on board.
CQMS Davies died on 6 June 1944, aged 32 years old. All casualties were later recovered to land and he is now buried at Ranville War Cemetery, Normandy along with the other passengers of Horsa Chalk 67. First pilot S/Sgt Billy Marfleet's is buried at Bayeux, and co-pilot Sgt Vic Haines at Abbeville Communal Cemetery, near the Somme.
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