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A look at the Airborne Museum Sainte-Mère-Église

June 25, 2014 joedemadio 0 Comments

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During my trip in Normandy I took a visit to the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Église.

Without any doubt this was an amazing experience for me. I had never seen a real C47 in my life before, so this was a welcoming surprise. DSC00896What surprised me the most was the amount of items they had to fill the museum with. There were so many mannequins in airborne outfits that almost everywhere I looked, there was at least one. The museum als covered a great amount of airborne related relics. The famous cricket was amongst them.

Another thing I really liked was that they divided the museum in 3 different buildings. One with a Waco Glider Plane , one  with a C47 and one that shows the recently Operation Neptune scene. Every building has it’s own collection belonging to the troops that were transported in these vehicles.
You can see real life footage in my Youtube video at the top of this post.

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The black and white picture is a famous picture taken just before D-Day in England. It was great to see that they recreated that scene in the museum.  The C47 plane in the background was used on June 6th 1944 to transport paratroopers who dropped there in  Sainte-Mère-Église. It also towed a Horsa Glider which landed there on June 6th 1944DSC00909

The recently opened building covering Operation Neptune was very impressive. In my Youtube video you can see me entering a C47 plane, transformed into a D-Day simulator. To the younger generation around us this is more impressive and gives a better image of the parachute droppings on June 6th 1944.

This museum is a Must See! I highly recommend it if you are near  Sainte-Mère-Église and the museum is really worth it’s money.

Rating: 4/5 John Steele approves! DSC00911

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