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Glider Snatch!

This CG-4 glider at Wesel, Germany, is ready to be snatched by a C-47 in April 1945. (U.S. Air Force photo)

This CG-4 glider at Wesel, Germany, is ready to be snatched by a C-47 in April 1945. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Making a low pass over the field, the C-47 has its hook dropped to snatch the CG-4 glider as controllers watch from their jeep. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Making a low pass over the field, the C-47 has its hook dropped to snatch the CG-4 glider as controllers watch from their jeep. (U.S. Air Force photo)

If a glider landed in a combat zone undamaged, a C-47 could tow it back to base to be reused for more flights. Gliders landing in small fields where C-47s could not land had to be disassembled and hauled out, which took time and manpower. Therefore, the U.S. Army Air Forces developed a way for a C-47 to fly low across the field with a hook and "snatch" a glider into the air.

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