Once more reading Posting #1 above having read a substantial part of Glider Pilots in Sicily. It looks fairly certain that Merlin was in Operation Ladbroke where the airborne fought to their last rounds, surrendered to the Italians but were then released when the 8th Army turned up within hours of them doing so. I will read it all again just in case I have got mixed up, as I have read so much about this and still am doing so from both "Nothing is impossible" and "Glider Pilots in Sicily". Lt Beadle was very sparing in detail as he was writing at a time of strict censorship but knew enough about the rules to get his story across. One of his many responsibilities was to censor fifty of his men's letters whenever they were posted.