In August 1943 two friends met whilst swimming in Bizerte. One was Lt Beadle GPO C Troop 67th Field Regt RA The other was an old friend Merlin Wicks the son of his tutor Mr Sidney F Wicks. Merlin told the story of his adventures to date as a glider pilot. "He was on a few days leave after Sicily and had good tales to tell. He was in the party that was mentioned on the wireless as having defended a bridge before Catania to the last round. He was captured by Italians and recaptured by the 8th and made his way back to Africa in the usual independent way of the airborne boys. He had landed his glider in the middle of a wood and ripped it to pieces; but his gang of Tommy Gunners were unhurt to a man and they all went off to the objective shooting up everything they saw. Apparently the airborne troops caused tremendous confusion although (this being their first action) many of their plans went astray. They should be pretty deadly next time. I arranged a further meeting with Merlin but though I kept the appointment he wasn’t there, so I lost contact. His base is too far away for social calls but I may bump into him again. One seems to in this country!" I have been wanting to find out which action Merlin was involved in and maybe what happened to him later. I assume he survived the war as he is not on CWGC lists. Lt Beadle did not survive the war. Can any of the forum lay some light on which action this might have been and hopefully give some idea what happened to Merlin during his service in WW2. I originally posted this on another thread, Primosole Bridge, but it is becoming obvious that whilst I might have the correct bridge the thread follows a different narrative. I would welcome any advice.