This weekend (24-25 May), the D-Day Anniversary Air Show is to take place at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, offering visitors a unique opportunity to meet with serving soldiers from today’s airborne forces alongside living history groups who will bring D-Day airborne history to life. You’ll be able to meet and chat with members of various divisions of the Airborne Forces and explore their vehicles, see their equipment and find out about their weapons and capabilities. You can also meet the following:
- Members of the 6 Regiment Army Air Corps, ground crew experts who provide close support to Army aviation operations.
- 216 (Parachute) Signal Squadron, who provide Command Support to the headquarters of 16 Air
Assault Brigade, in order to enable the Commander and his staff to command and control the Brigade effectively.
- 16 Medical Regiment, who provide dedicated medical support to 16 Air Assault Brigade. They are called upon to support the complete spectrum of air assault operations, including air mobile and parachute deployments.
- 7 Royal Horse Artillery, a rapidly deployable Force Element which provides the airborne gunners for 16 Air Assault Brigade-led operations. Operating at a high state of readiness, they specialise in the air manoeuvre of light guns, across the battlefield, that they then bring to bear on enemy forces.
Plus! Fully kitted out in Second World War uniforms, members of the living history groups will explain the operations carried out by the units they represent, chatting about their equipment and uniforms. An afternoon flying display will feature fighter, bomber and transport aircraft types that would have been seen over the beaches of France, and the world-renowned Red Devils, the Parachute Regiment Freefall Team, will carry out a parachute jump as part of the finale to the flying display.
The weekend promises to be a lot of fun for all the family with so much to see. To find out more information and obtain tickets, click here.