Bernard A. Cummins, S/Sgt.
Personal information
Age 22
Nationality British
Date / place of birth Unknown
Genealogy Son of Arthur and Ivy Cummins. Husband of Joyce Barbara Cummins, St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, U.K.
Military information
Army Number 14287144
Rank S/Sgt.
Function Pilot Glider chalk nr. 5000
Platoon / Troop / Flight Unknown
Company / Squadron A Squadron
Unit / Group 1st Wing
Division / Transport / Command 1st Airborne Division
Regiment Army Air Corps Glider Pilot Regiment
Death information
Died when 22-9-1944
Died where Oosterbeek
Spot Near Tafelberg Hotel
Map reference Unknown
Burial location
Oosterbeek, War Cemetery, Netherlands
Grave number 3-D-7
Graves overview
Field grave image
Miscellaneous information
Personal notes

The Horsa Glider with chalk nr. 5000 carrying equipment and 6 passengers of the 6080 Light Warning Unit was on the way to landing zone Z. About eight kilometers before reaching the LZ the Stirling tug LK121 was hit by AA fire. It crashed near the village of Opheusden, killing the entire crew of 7. The Pilot of the Glider S/Sgt 'lofty' Cummins managed to cut loose from the tug and land his glider just south of the river Rhine near the village of Hemmen. A photograph of the landed glider can be seen below. Appearantly S/Sgt Cummins made his way to Oosterbeek (like others from prematured landed gliders did) and presumably crossed the river with the then still operating ferry at Driel. He was killed in Oosterbeek as his former burial spot was in front of the Tafelberg Hotel there.

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Bernard A. Cummins, S/Sgt.
Personal information
Age 22
Nationality British
Date / place of birth Unknown
Genealogy Son of Arthur and Ivy Cummins. Husband of Joyce Barbara Cummins, St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, U.K.
Military information
Army Number 14287144
Rank S/Sgt.
Function Pilot Glider chalk nr. 5000
Platoon / Troop / Flight Unknown
Company / Squadron A Squadron
Unit / Group 1st Wing
Division / Transport / Command 1st Airborne Division
Regiment Army Air Corps Glider Pilot Regiment
Death information
Died when 22-9-1944
Died where Oosterbeek
Spot Near Tafelberg Hotel
Map reference Unknown
Burial location
Oosterbeek, War Cemetery, Netherlands
Grave number 3-D-7
Graves overview
Field grave image
Miscellaneous information
Personal notes

The Horsa Glider with chalk nr. 5000 carrying equipment and 6 passengers of the 6080 Light Warning Unit was on the way to landing zone Z. About eight kilometers before reaching the LZ the Stirling tug LK121 was hit by AA fire. It crashed near the village of Opheusden, killing the entire crew of 7. The Pilot of the Glider S/Sgt 'lofty' Cummins managed to cut loose from the tug and land his glider just south of the river Rhine near the village of Hemmen. A photograph of the landed glider can be seen below. Appearantly S/Sgt Cummins made his way to Oosterbeek (like others from prematured landed gliders did) and presumably crossed the river with the then still operating ferry at Driel. He was killed in Oosterbeek as his former burial spot was in front of the Tafelberg Hotel there.

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