Jack Griffiths was born in November 1921 and joined the regular army in May ’39.
After managing to escape from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940, he went on to volunteer for the newly formed Glider Pilot Regiment, a unit within the Airborne Forces overseen by joint RAF/Army co-operation.
He went into action on the early hours of D Day and landed in Ranville close to Pegasus Bridge. Jack then went into Arnhem. His job was to capture the bridge over the river Rhine and the railway bridge. The section he was leading got as far as the railway bridge just as the Germans blew it, they then tried to fight their way to the road bridge. Jack gradually fought his way back to Oosterbeek; and held on for nine days fighting from dawn to dusk. Jack and his men were taken prisoner and taken to a POW camp new Dresden, Germany. Jack eventually escaped.
After the war Jack Married Jean and had one son Alan.
‘If you think we were beaten, we were never beaten’
Print taken from the book ‘A TIME TO FIGHT Living and Remembering WWII’