War veterans in Gloucestershire marked the 60th anniversary of the Arnhem campaign on Sunday.
Among them were ex-paratroopers who flew out of the former Down Ampney airfield to bring back thousands of casualties from the Netherlands.
A memorial service took place at the local church followed by a fly-past by a Dakota plane.
A tribute was paid to pilot David Lord, a member of Transport Command, who was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Arnhem was the final and most crucial phase of Operation Market Garden.
But thousands of paratroopers were killed or captured when the plan to take control of eight bridges along the German-Dutch border failed.