Imperial War Museum Duxford to tell Second World War story of Big Week this half-term

12:52 04 February 2014

The museum will explore the roles played by airmen, ground crews and planners in Big Week.

The museum will explore the roles played by airmen, ground crews and planners in Big Week.


Half-term activities at the Imperial War Museum Duxford tell the story of Big Week, the bombing campaign which paved the way for the D-Day invasion.

Seventy years ago, military planners knew that the only chance of invading France successfully was if the men on the ground weren’t being attacked by enemy aircraft.

The military planners decided to lure the German Air Force into large-scale aerial warfare which would significantly reduce their bombing and manufacturing capability in the four months leading up to the D-Day invasion.

During half-term, the museum’s interpreter inhabits different characters to explore the roles played by airmen and their aircraft during Big Week.

A spokesman said: “You will also find out about the huge numbers of people who contributed to the success of Big Week, not just air crews, but ground crews, planners and many more.

“Learn about the hundreds of aircraft that took part in this vital bombing campaign.”

There will also be hands-on craft fun, making badges and paper aircraft, under the wings of Concorde in AirSpace, daily from 10.30am-2.30pm.


More news stories

Ely Christmas Lights Switch on 2015 (PHOTO: Rob Morris)

The bands played, children clambered on their parents shoulders, the panto dame and assorted characters mingled freely, eyes sparkled with anticipation and excitement – and the crowds went home happy and smiling.

4 minutes ago
Take over day group

Safety-keen students spent the day in the driving seat of Cambridgeshire Constabulary as part of a national initiative to promote the voice of young people.

Yesterday, 21:25
Elliott Johnson, who committed suicide in September.

Grant Shapps has dramatically quit the government after admitting he should have done more to deal with claims of bullying in the Tories’ youth wing.

Fri, 17:33
An excavator, much like the one in this picture, was stolen from a field in Stuntney on Wednesday night.

Police are on the look out for an excavator after it was stolen from a field in Stuntney near Ely.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition