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Walter Cronkite rides a CG-4A in Operation Market Garden

William Carmody
01.03.2013 22:30 UTC
Cronkite was sent to England as a War Correspondent, working for the United Press. While he was there, permission was granted for five correspondents to ride along on bombing missions.Cronkite was one of them. Andy Rooney was another.

Cronkite rode a B-17 on a bombing mission over Germany, a B-25 mission over Belgium, and a RAF flying boat on an anti-submarine patrol to Iceland. (No indication of what model flying boat it was.)

Finally, he rode along in a CG-4A to one of the American landing zones by one of the bridges on the highway th Arnhem, Netherlands. The landing was very rough: the glider was badly damaged, and helmets were flying off. Cronkite picked up a helmet, put it on, and crawled away from the wreck. He looked behind him and was surprised to see soldiers from the wreck crawling along behind him. His helmet had an officer's vertical stripe, and the soldiers mistook him for their leader!

Bill Carmody

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Daniel Ross
02.03.2013 01:48 UTC
On 02-Mar-13 09:00, William Carmody wrote:
> Cronkite was sent to England as a War Correspondent, working for the United Press. While he was there, permission was granted for five correspondents to ride along on bombing missions.Cronkite was one of them. Andy Rooney was another.
>
> Cronkite rode a B-17 on a bombing mission over Germany, a B-25 mission over Belgium, and a RAF flying boat on an anti-submarine patrol to Iceland. (No indication of what model flying boat it was.)
>
> Finally, he rode along in a CG-4A to one of the American landing zones by one of the bridges on the highway th Arnhem, Netherlands. The landing was very rough: the glider was badly damaged, and helmets were flying off. Cronkite picked up a helmet, put it on, and crawled away from the wreck. He looked behind him and was surprised to see soldiers from the wreck crawling along behind him. His helmet had an officer's vertical stripe, and the soldiers mistook him for their leader!
>
> Bill Carmody
>
>
(George) Hubert Wilkins while an official cameraman (when cameras were
big affairs - as in size) won the Military Cross and Bar while with
nothing more lethal than his cane and camera.

His first was to rescue wounded soldiers under fire, the second was for
stabilising and reorganising a defensive position for American troops in
the attack on the Hindenburg Line in 1918 (citation for the latter is at
=> https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/records/awm28/2/awm28-2-19-0005.pdf)

To come back to Arnhem - there was also Stanley Maxtead with the
British......

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Daniel Ross
Daniel.Ross@Adelaide.on.net

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