Flying high at the Duxford VE Day Air Show

US air crew. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead,

US air crew. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead, - Credit: Archant

Thousands of people dressed in 1940s clobber descended on Duxford Imperial War Museum at the weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in Europe.

There was plenty of fun to be had at the VE Day Anniversary Air Show, when a street party was held with authentic music and song.

It was an emotional weekend for Penny Metcalfe, whose late husband Private Arthur Charles Metcalfe was a gunner with the Bristol Blenheims.

Arthur, who was 27 years older than Penny, never spoke of his experiences during the war, but after researching her husband’s role in the Battle of Britain, she received his medals last week.

During the air show, Arthur’s photograph and medals were placed in a gunner’s position for the Blenheim’s flying display during the air show. It was the bomber aircraft’s first flying display after a lengthy 12-year restoration.