Open weekend set for take-off

PUBLISHED: 13:12 09 August 2007 | UPDATED: 15:12 12 May 2010

An iconic image of a Flying Fortress over the Bassingbourn tower during the Second World War

An iconic image of a Flying Fortress over the Bassingbourn tower during the Second World War

FILM documentaries and lectures will be part of an open weekend at the Tower Museum at Bassingbourn Barracks. There will also be a display of Second World War vehicles, as well as displays on the history of the American 91st Heavy Bomb Group, which was b

FILM documentaries and lectures will be part of an open weekend at the Tower Museum at Bassingbourn Barracks.

There will also be a display of Second World War vehicles, as well as displays on the history of the American 91st Heavy Bomb Group, which was based at Bassingbourn during the war.

And the permanent exhibition on the legendary Memphis Belle and its crew will also be displayed.

Museum curator Chris Murphy said: "The weekend will give us the opportunity to show the collection we have here and to explain the history behind the Second World War."

Lectures will be from Graham Simons, who is completing a book on the history of the Memphis Belle, and Malcolm Osbourn of the 55th Fighter Group Association.

The 55th Fighter Group was based at Nuthampstead during the war.

There will be screenings of newsreel of days at Bassingbourn during the war, and of the 91st Heavy Bomb Group's role in the D-Day landings.

- The open days will be on Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, 19, from 10am-4pm and entry will be £5 (under-16s free).


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