D-Day commemorative events

A D-Day landing craft at IWM Duxford ANL-140206-133047001
A D-Day landing craft at IWM Duxford ANL-140206-133047001

Many of the historic WW2 aircraft which flew over IWM Duxford on the D-Day Anniversary Airshow two weeks ago are in Normandy this week taking part in flypasts for the 70th commemorations on Friday.

They include planes which saw action on D-Day itself, including Supermarine Spitfires, Douglas C-47 Skytrains and a Dragon Rapide.

On Friday, June 6, 70 years to the day,a D-Day Landings tour at the Duxford museum will take visitors through the strategic planning for the invasion, the work of the resistance, how deceit and misinformation played a vital role in the preprations, the challenge of the mission itself and the specialist armoured vehicles that were used.

The tour will look at some of the vehicles in the collection and will explain how they would have been used.

You can see the caravans used by Field Marshal Montgomery as his HQ, map room and sleeping quarters in Normandy after the landings.

The D-Day Landings Tour runs for approximately 90 minutes.

And on June 15, D-Day-related vehicles are at the Military Vehicle Show. These include a 1943 Ford Willys GPW Jeep marked as a Royal Engineer jeep in honour of the owner’s father, who landed on D-Day.

Tomorrow (Thursday) reception classes at Duxford Community Church of England School have been invited to visit the Old Flying Machine Company, based at IWM Duxford, and to see its historic Supermarine Spitfire, which flew during D-Day operations.

World War Two veterans and their spouses who want to return to places in the world where they served, or make a commemorative visit in the UK can apply for a grant of up to £8,140 from The Heroes Return 2 programme. Go to http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/heroesreturn