Driver Arthur Pickering qualfied as a military parachutist on Course 116A which ran at RAF Ringway from 15 to 21 May 1944 and served with No 1 Parachute Platoon, 716 (Airborne) Light Composite Company RASC.
He took part in Operation Varsity, the assault on the Rhine Crossings into Germany in March 1945, and flew from Woodbridge airfield, Essex, in Horsa Glider 272.
The post operation report states that Glider 272 was - 'Hit by flak - Fairly good landing - crashed through fence and lost wheel - No casualties.' However Driver Pickering was killed in fighting later that day.
Driver Pickering died on 24 March 1945 and is commemorated on Panel 9 of the Memorial in the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Holland
Compiled by Harvey Grenville with the assistance of John WardRead More