The Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford, UK will be commemorating the Battle of Britain, considered the most important event in Royal Air Force history, with a weekend of events and activities the weekend of September 14-15. A main highlight for visitors over that weekend will be a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight‘s Lancaster on Saturday 14th and a Spitfire flypast on Sunday 15th September.
Other activities scheduled to take place over the weekend include Rolls-Royce Merlin and Griffon engine demonstrations and a chance to see how a WWII RAF Ops Room operated during the Battle of Britain era, brought to life by re-enactors. A land army reenactment group will be digging for victory in the wartime garden on Sunday and a variety of 1940’s military vehicles will be on display over the weekend as well as a display of 1940’s caravans (campers in American English). Caravans were used extensively during the war as accommodation for people whose homes had been destroyed and by military personnel, industrial and farm workers and the Women’s Land Army. The caravans will be opened up for visitors to take a peek inside and see how the average family would have holidayed during the war years.
Entertainment will be provided by Marjorie Cartwright-Jones; with an unintentionally comic ‘Make do and Mend’ class, watch as she attempts to dispense advice and thrifty tips for hard-pressed wartime housewives! The second class, ‘Marjorie Cartwright-Jones is All Front’ is a funny, heart-warming look at domestic life on the Home Front during the Second World War, interspersed with Marjorie’s delightful renditions of everyone’s favorite 1940’s songs.
The Museum will also being showing deleted scenes from the 1969 epic film, “Battle of Britain” throughout the weekend next to the Museum’s Hawker Hurricane and the World’s oldest surviving Supermarine Spitfire, on display in their Warplanes Hangar, and of course the museum’s popular Dornier Do 17, shot down during the Battle of Britain, recently raised and currently in the beginnings of its restoration, will be on view in its hydration tunnels.
Further details are available at the museums Battle of Britain event page.