"....American and Allied glider pilots did much to help win the war in Europe. Their fragile planes, towed behind C-47s or other powered aircraft, were responsible for putting large numbers of infantry troops on the ground during major assaults. Pulled behind their tow-planes, these pilots often found themselves released early or off-course, often under fire, and had to put down wherever they could find an open space. Landings were dangerous and frequently fatal.
This Horsa glider crashed in France on D-Day, killing its pilot and passengers...."
Remembering World War Two Airmen: World War Two Glider Pilots--A Rare Breed