British Officers Help Preserve History of World War II - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/9/03

British Officers Help Preserve History of World War II

Special British visitors paid tribute in Lubbock Wednesday, to the men who helped write history during World War II.

Group Captain Mark Wordley and Squad Leader Martin Locke were invited to Lubbock by Mark Earle, Director of International Airport, as part of a joint effort to help preserve the history of WWII glider pilots.

"I believe that the contributions made by glider pilots and airborne forces, in many of the critical and historic battles of World War II, have not been properly documented," said Wordley. "And many of these elderly gentlemen, as they are now, are dying away as we speak. So, I think there's a very important part for legacy to honor these people and their contributions they made to our freedom today."

Britain and Lubbock's Silent Wings Museum will now join forces, as the two nations did in World War II, to bring the history of gliders back to life. The two museums will exchange parts and information so that both museums can ultimately display British and American gliders and the history of their pilots.

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