This is a shot of my father, Ed Walters, at the controls of a CG-4A Waco combat glider in flight. There is a stamp on the back of the photo that reads "PASSED - US ARMY EXAMINER 27423." Written across that, in my father's hand, is: "Taken in actual flight by co-pilot Joe Wilson. Were taking Airborne [troops] for practice hops. Load that day was Joe & I and a trailer loaded with Grave Registration Equipment, Shovels, Crosses, burial sheets, etc., and (7) seven men--gruesome load, eh what? Gruesome picture too!" A marginal note by my mother reads "rc'd Nov 27;" as Market Garden took place in late September of 1944, this photo was likely taken shortly before the event and took a while to get back to Texas via the mail service of the time. Photo by Joe Wilson.
From Dad's WWII Combat Pix