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Posted on Oct 13, 2007 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Market Garden Commemorative Jump 2007

By Martin Fielden

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Ian and I in our WW2 tent (plus authentic –ahem- plastic sheet on the floor)

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Parachute packing

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Red Cross Ambulance

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1943 Canadian field kitchen – cooking up the grub!

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F.A.N.Y.!  And some Petrol tins dated ‘44

Peter gave us all a stern talking too about not drinking too much alcohol and being on time for any briefings – I decided not to have another beer! The camp was quiet by 22:00 although I don’t think many of us slept well, the anticipation over the next day’s jump was already kicking in. Throughout the night it sounded as if we had incoming mortars particularly when the acorns hit some of the vehicles – BANG!

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Saturday 22nd September

The jumpmaster gently woke us at some unGodly hour (05.30), no bugle luckily and we rummaged around for our kit, doing up the DMS high leg jump boots in pitch black made for an interesting challenge. It was a fretful sleep as the excitement and nerves built.

The breakfast was hot and coffee flowing freely as the cooks were up way before us clanging away with the oversize cooking pots. Not forgetting the sticky current buns, mmmmmmm.

The Ginkle Heath (British Drop Zone) parachutists boarded the bus for a trip to Lelystad airport, when we arrived all eyes searched for the Dakota DC3. We carried all the remaining chutes into the hangar and peered round the open hangar doors and there she was sitting majestically outside the terminal building.

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The ‘Lady’ waiting for her passengers

Back in the flight cafe we were given a last minute briefing and given our jump orders.

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5 Comments

  1. Lovely, never seen this before! Found it almost 6yrs after this jump!
    I’m the F.A.N.Y.!

    • Well written articles like yours renews my faith in todâaâ€y„¢s writers. You’ve written info I can lastly agree on and use. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thanks to Monica I also found this site with pictures and stories….
    I was no. 13 – first stick who jumped that year, together with Monica…..it was my first time jumping from a C47 and first time jumping Ginkel Heath….
    Now at this moment I jumped the C47 many times with lots of commemoration jumps on several original DZ’s in Holland and Normandy.
    This year I will join and jump the Market Garden 2013 event again :-)

    Airborne – all the way

    Blue skies,
    JumpingMM

  3. And I was no. 4, first stick!

  4. Short, sweet, to the point, FRE-eExactly as information should be!

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