Staff Sergeant Leonard David Brook GPR

David Brook (front, second from the left) with other members of the Airborne Control Staff at RAF Aqir, Palestine.

Goggles, flying gauntles and pistol holster of Staff Sergeant L D Brook GPR.


Staff Sergeant Leonard David Brook GPR


David Brook joined the Glider Pilot Regiment from the Royal Armoured Corps and Green Howards on 29 March 1944. After successfully completing his flying and glider courses he was posted to C Squadron, followed by E Squadron with whom he took part in Operation Varsity.

Together with his co-pilot Sergeant Whitton, he flew a Horsa glider destined for Landing Zone ‘O’, besides the railway line at Hamminkeln. They carried a platoon of soldiers from the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry ordered to take the nearby railway station. During the battle Brook was injured in the shoulder.

After the end of the war, SSgt David Brook was posted to D Squadron in Palestine before being demobilised from the Army.

For years he was a member of the Glider Pilot Regimental Association and the editor of their ‘The Eagle’ magazine. His account of his experience in Operation Varsity is reproduced here.