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Private Alf Whitbread (deceased)

Private Alf Whitbread (deceased)

Alf Whitbread, known in the war as "Lucky Jim" was born in Twickenham, London and when his father got a job in the Building Research Station in Garston the family moved to Watford. Alf Whitbread left school to become a machine engineer, but was encouraged to volunteer for the army after hearing a patriotic speech on the radio. On June 19th, 1940, Alf Whitbread went to the Edgeware recruiting office and joined the Royal West Kent Youth Battalion at the age of 18 and in 1942 in Ireland, Alf heard rumours about a newly formed airborne unit and volunteered. Alf said : "We thought we were going to be in the paratroopers, who were mad, but we finished up in the gliders and the paratroopers thought we were mad." Alf Served with 17 Platoon of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. He landed as part of the Coup de Main operation on Glider No.6 into Pegasus bridge in the early hours of D-Day. Alf was part of the second group of gliders which landed first at Horsa Bridge, before taking part in the battle for Pegasus Bridge, (the subject of the film "The Longest Day".) They sent the message "ham and jam", a code confirming they had captured both bridges. The men held off many counter attacks by German troops and tanks until midday on June 6th. Alf would later say "Two of our gliders were sent to secure Horsa bridge and frankly, it was a walk over. Our platoon never lost a man. We secured the bridge and then, when another platoon relieved us, we went and joined John Howard on Pegasus Bridge." Alf Whitbread was later to take part in Operation Varsity, the last major battle of the war in Europe. On March 24th 1945 Operation Varsity was launched. The aim was to take a bridge over the Rhine again by gliderborne troops. Almost 1,500 men of the Ox and Bucks died during the operation, and Lucky Jim lived up to his reputation before his glider even landed. Alf would say: "They say dont volunteer for anything, but I did and it worked out to my benefit. I remember when we were set to get on a glider on the way for the Rhine crossing and it was too full. I was detailed to another glider. They both crash landed. All the troops in the first glider were killed. Only three of us got out of the other glider alive, after it broke in half." After the war Alf Whitbread joined London Transport as an engineer for 40 years and in all that time Alf never took a day off due to illness. With great sadness we have been told that Alf has passed away peacefully on 19th March 2011 at the age of 88. Cranston Fine Arts feel very honoured to have had Alf sign some of our art prints.

Items Signed by Private Alf Whitbread (deceased)

 Features the successful Horsa glider borne assault on the Caen Canal bridge at Benouville in Normandy at approx. 00.15hrs on D-Day, the 6th June 1944. Troops from the second battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry led by Majo......
The Longest Day Begins - Pegasus Bridge by Geoff Lea. (APB)
Price : £160.00
Features the successful Horsa glider borne assault on the Caen Canal bridge at Benouville in Normandy at approx. 00.15hrs on D-Day, the 6th June 1944. Troops from the second battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry led by Majo......

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 Features the successful Horsa glider borne assault on the Caen Canal bridge at Benouville in Normandy at approx. 00.15hrs on D-Day, the 6th June 1944. Troops from the second battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry led by Majo......
The Longest Day Begins - Pegasus Bridge by Geoff Lea. (B)
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Features the successful Horsa glider borne assault on the Caen Canal bridge at Benouville in Normandy at approx. 00.15hrs on D-Day, the 6th June 1944. Troops from the second battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry led by Majo......NOT
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 Halifax glider tugs of 644 Squadron, Tarrant Rushton, 1944. ......
Halifax Tugs Towing Hamilcar Gliders by Ivan Berryman. (F)
Price : £110.00
Halifax glider tugs of 644 Squadron, Tarrant Rushton, 1944. ......

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 Silently out of the night they came. With flaps deployed, three timber and plywood Horsa gliders swept swiftly down through the night skies, rapidly closing with their objective - Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal. On board, with tension etched dee......Out of the Night - The First To Go In by Robert Taylor.
Price : £95.00
Silently out of the night they came. With flaps deployed, three timber and plywood Horsa gliders swept swiftly down through the night skies, rapidly closing with their objective - Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal. On board, with tension etched dee......

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 Silently out of the night they came. With flaps deployed, three timber and plywood Horsa gliders swept swiftly down through the night skies, rapidly closing with their objective - Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal. On board, with tension etched dee......Out of the Night - The First To Go In by Robert Taylor. (AP)
Price : £175.00
Silently out of the night they came. With flaps deployed, three timber and plywood Horsa gliders swept swiftly down through the night skies, rapidly closing with their objective - Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal. On board, with tension etched dee......

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 Silently out of the night they came. With flaps deployed, three timber and plywood Horsa gliders swept swiftly down through the night skies, rapidly closing with their objective - Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal. On board, with tension etched dee......Out of the Night - The First To Go In by Robert Taylor. (B)
Price : £135.00
Silently out of the night they came. With flaps deployed, three timber and plywood Horsa gliders swept swiftly down through the night skies, rapidly closing with their objective - Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal. On board, with tension etched dee......

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 For nearly four years, the swastika had flown belligerently over the small town of Sainte Mere Eglise in Normandy.  Suddenly, shortly after midnight on the night of 5/6th June 1944, parachutists from the 82nd Airborne Division began landing in and a......Liberation - Sainte Mere Eglise by Richard Taylor. (B)
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For nearly four years, the swastika had flown belligerently over the small town of Sainte Mere Eglise in Normandy. Suddenly, shortly after midnight on the night of 5/6th June 1944, parachutists from the 82nd Airborne Division began landing in and a......NOT
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Packs with at least one item featuring the signature of Private Alf Whitbread (deceased)


Halifax Signature Print Pack.
Pack Price : £360.00
Saving : £430
Aviation Print Pack. ......

Titles in this pack :

Leading the Way by Gerald Coulson.
Action This Day by Richard Taylor.
Halifax Mk.III NA337 by Ivan Berryman. (C)
Halifax Tugs Towing Hamilcar Gliders by Ivan Berryman. (F)

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D-Day / Arnhem Glider Prints by Ivan Berryman and Robert Taylor.
Pack Price : £125.00
Saving : £50
Aviation Print Pack. ......

Titles in this pack :

Out of the Night - The First To Go In by Robert Taylor.
D-Day Invasion : Tribute to the Glider Troops by Ivan Berryman.

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Airborne Glider D-Day Prints by Ivan Berryman.
Pack Price : £145.00
Saving : £95
Aviation Print Pack. ......

Titles in this pack :

D-Day Invasion : Tribute to the Glider Troops by Ivan Berryman.
Halifax Tugs Towing Hamilcar Gliders by Ivan Berryman. (F)

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Bomber Command Halifax Aircraft Prints by Gerald Coulson and Robert Taylor.
Pack Price : £285.00
Saving : £110
Aviation Print Pack. ......

Titles in this pack :

Leading the Way by Gerald Coulson.
Out of the Night - The First To Go In by Robert Taylor. (B)

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Private Alf Whitbread (deceased)

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