IWM Duxford

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The 70th anniversary of D-Day at IWM Duxford brings you up close and personal to historical aircraft and vehicles..

Words Suriani Ariff Images IWM

June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of the invasion of northern France in 1944 by Western Allied forces in the Second World War. This huge and complex operation of Allied air, sea and land forces liberated Europe and denied Germany any further exploitation of Europe’s economic and manpower resources. It will forever be a day remembered for its victory as well as the many casualties of war sacrificed for the freedom of fellow mankind.

To commemorate the event, the Imperial War Museum Duxford, or better known as IWM Duxford, is holding a range of events and exhibitions which explore the preparations for the invasion of Normandy and the final decisive D-Day mission. Of these, the most significant is the D-Day Anniversary Air Show scheduled for 24 and 25 May, 2014.

IWM Duxford is well known for putting on spectacular air shows, attracting visitors from all over the world for the thrilling flying displays and unique atmosphere of its historic airfield. For the D-Day Anniversary Air Show, the air show will showcase the vital role that aerial warfare played in the invasion of Normandy. It will feature fighter, bomber and transport aircraft types that would have been seen over the beaches of France, together with thrilling ground content.

Spectators will get more than just a history lesson. Additionally, IWM Duxford’s spacious grounds that were once the famous former First and Second World War airfield will no doubt provide visitors much to appreciate. Lose yourself for a whole day wandering under and around some of the most iconic aircraft in the world and get handson with IWM’s award-winning interactive exhibitions.

From 26 May to 1 June, visitors can follow the trail around IWM’s museum for a look at some of the aircraft and vehicles that would have been used on D-Day. Follow the story through the build-up to D-Day: from the Allies’ massive aerial bombardments and clever tricks to fool the enemy through the role of naval forces and to the arrival of thousands of troops in France by air and by sea. Find out the impact of tanks, trucks, vehicles and weapons on the fierce fighting that followed.

You’ll find out more about each historic object you encounter on the trail, including how it was used on D-Day and the experiences of the men relying on it for a successful mission.

More military vehicles will be showcased on 15 June at the Military Vehicle Show. From motorcycles to jeeps, ambulances to huge trucks and tanks. Some of the vehicles on display will be of the type used during the D-Day Landings. See them up close and then watch them come to life as they parade around the airfield during the cavalcade.

IWM Duxford is Britain’s best-preserved Second World War airfield with a fascinating history that dates back to the First World War. It is also Europe’s premier aviation museum, where historic buildings intersperse with stateof- the-art exhibition halls, including AirSpace and the American Air Museum. Historic aircraft can regularly be seen taking to the skies from Duxford’s wartime airfield, and is a treat especially for any aircraft enthusiast.

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