The Glider Pilot Regiment Society has just released a 75 page booklet, Airborne Service, which details the life of Glider Pilot veteran Walter Mullett. Compiled by Dutch member, Ramon de Heer, the book was recently presented to Walter's daughter Sharon, during the commemorations in Arnhem this year.
As was typical of his generation, Walter was a very modest man, able to sum up his life's escapades as "simply a narrative about an average fellow who grew up between the two world wars and whose experiences may appeal to those who don’t like reading works of fiction".
With the halcyon days of his youth rudely interrupted by the outbreak of war, Walter joined the British Army and later volunteered for the Glider Pilot Regiment; a decision, which would position him en route to Arnhem in September 1944. Wounded in action during the battle, Walter was taken prisoner and endured many months in captivity, was forced marched across Germany and eventually made it back 'over the wire'. After the war, Walter proudly served with Cardiff City Police and later emigrated to Australia with his family, where he would embark on another career and continue to enjoy his life.....non too seriously.
The booklet is selling for £7.99 (plus P&P) and all proceeds will go towards supporting the work of the Society, from bringing veterans to commemorations to providing free research to relatives of Glider Pilots. To purchase a copy, visit our website shop by clicking here
Ramon de Heer presents Walter Mullett's daughter, Sharon, with the first copy of Airborne Service in Arnhem (Photo courtesy of Arjan Vrieze)