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IWM Duxford runs WWII Summer Camp

Date Posted: 23/04/2014

The Imperial War Museum’s site at Duxford in Cambridge is running a two-day Summer Camp over the 12th and 13th August for Key Stage 4 school groups.

The Summer Camp aims to take pupils back to World War Two, at the point when the United States Army Air Forces came to England to advance the war effort.

Students will discover the story of the American servicemen and women who travelled across the Atlantic and how they coped in an unfamiliar environment far from home.

What school groups attending the Summer Camp can expect

Using previously unpublished images from the Roger Freeman Collection, IWM Duxford will ask children to pick a 1940s snapshot at random and to investigate the story of the person captured in that photograph.

The programme will look at the lives left behind in the United States, where US personnel were based, and the advice they were given on how to fit in with the British people, including a viewing of the film A Welcome to Britain, which every American serviceman saw on arrival in the UK. 

Students will also be interviewed for a place on the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber aircraft, and follow in the footsteps of wartime journalist Virginia Irwin.

There will also be the opportunity to have a go at the all-American sports that would have kept the US Forces busy and cheerful between missions, and to enjoy a taste of America at a special barbeque.

School trip organisers should note that the closing date for applications is 4th July.

For further school trip information contact:

School Travel Organiser's Guide