WWII Veterans Make Parachute Jumps at Age 90

Ted Pieri and Fred Glover

Seven decades after being shot down from the skies over Normandy during World War II, Fred Glover returned to the scene again at age 90. This time, he and a fellow veteran parachuted in to raise money for charity.

Glover was with Britain's 9th Battalion 'A Company' when his glider was shot down during a mission to capture France's Merville Battery. He crashed into an orchard and was tasked with guarding two injured German soldiers. He was later captured by the Germans, who spared him when they learned he had given morphine to relieve one of the wounded prisoners. He was sent to a hospital in Paris, where he later escaped.

Veteran parachute jump
D-Day veteran Fred Glover comes in for a landing August 25, 2016.
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Now a great-grandfather who lives in Brighton, Glover undertook two parachute jumps—one into the Merville Battery and one at Old Sarum airfield in the U.K.—to raise money for the London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled. Fellow veteran Ted Pieri, also 90, joined him in the endeavor.

"I'm not at all nervous," Glover said before the jumps. "I have lots of friends in Normandy, they’re a good crowd who will turn up to give their support."


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