Leading article: Wing and a prayer

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The Independent Online

There are some places which seem destined to be fought over. And Pegasus Bridge is one of them. Since the great battle on 6 June 1944, when 181 men from the Sixth Airborne Division established a crucial bridgehead for the Allied troops which then swept into France, the location has been beset by squabbles between veterans groups and locals over who should be the custodian of the site.

The latest spat concerns a local con woman, who has duped one of the sons of a Pegasus veteran into handing over his father's medals, in the mistaken belief that they would be put on show in the Pegasus Memorial Museum.

It is a frustrating tale. But, that said, if it helps to bring the history of Pegasus Bridge, one of the most audacious and brilliantly executed expeditions of the Second World War, to a wider audience there might yet be a silver lining. After all, was not the original Pegasus famous for gliding above trouble?