MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – They played a key role in storming the beaches at Normandy, but they don’t always get the recognition in the history books.
On Saturday, dozens of World War II glider pilots from around the country met to share their stories at the Anoka County airport.READ MORE: 'When Is Enough Enough?': Minneapolis Community Calls For Change After 2 Kids Shot In The Head
This is an annual reunion, but the first time it was held in Minnesota.
Glider pilots were key to bringing in heavy machinery and supplies to troops during the war.READ MORE: Twin Cities Concert Bookers 'Working Fast And Furious' To Bring In Shows As COVID Restrictions End
Their silent aircraft allowed them to get behind enemy lines.
“You can’t drop paratroopers in there [without] guns and tanks and be opposed by artillery and tank guns. So, the gliders were very important,” veteran Jean Crawford said.MORE NEWS: 'It Was Love At First Sight': Amelia Santaniello's Love Letter To Minnesota
Veterans and their families also got a chance to fly in WWII ear planes.