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“June 6 1974”
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Airborne Museum
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Full-Day American Battlefields and Sites of Normandy Tour from Bayeux
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Private Tour: Normandy Landing Beaches, Battlefields, Museums and Cemeteries...
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Airborne Museum, situated in the square of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, a few miles from D-Day landing beaches, facing the church where John Steele famously was caught, relates the heroic adventure of paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division. Through a spectacular museography, the Airborne Museum takes you through the D-Day alongside American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division. From the invasion preparations in England through the battles for liberation, meet the Airborne troops and accompany them on their journey to Victory.
Reviewed January 8, 2014

I was a crew chief on helicopters from 1968 to 1977. Tours included Vietnam, the States and Europe. I had the honor of flying the last 5 star General Omar Bradley in my helicopter from Paris to Utah Beach and then inland to St Mere Eglise on June 6th 1974 for the 30th D-Day Celebration. That day I asked and received the Generals signature on our flight record before him and his wife stepped off my Helicopter. It is a gorgeous town. The museum looking amazing but we didn't have much time then.

With alittle support I'm going to be there this year for the 70th D-Day Celebration and give some aerial shots and Omar Bradleys signature to the museum if they will have it.
Be there, June 6th 2014
PS My last visit was June 6 1974

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

A visit to St-Mere-Eglise is a must for anyone on a tour of the Normandy beaches. It is a pretty little town with a very large central square (that doubles as a car park and market place) plenty of cafes and restaurants and a great patisserie and a cheese shop. It's part in the D-Day landings was immortalised in the film, The Longest Day. The Airborne Museum is well worth a visit and there is lots to see. It is spacious and well laid out inside. Outside areas are utilised too with artillery pieces, trucks and Sherman tanks. The interior displays are impressive. Although the Waco glider dominates, it is the huge range of other equipment and small arms carried by both sides that impresses the most. The collection is huge and the information is clearly displayed. The other noticeable thing is the uniformed mannequins. Every one, male and female, looks as if they were glamorous Hollywood movie stars! That's my impression any way! Easily, a good hour is needed to take in every thing on display. Across the square (passing the village pump featured in the chain of D-Day events) the church is well worth a visit with it's bullet holes, impressive stained class windows and, of course the parachutist John Steele. If time, it is worth taking the 5 minute drive to La Fiere to see the bridge across the River Merderet defended by troops of the 82nd Airborne Division against German counter-attacks. Across the road is the Iron Mike memorial.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Great museum to take in, showing Sherman tanks, Waco gliders, a tremendous amount of memorabilia from the paratroopers in the war, and quite a bit of information on John Steele, the famous paratrooper from this era, as well as Bob Hope visiting the troops, etc. This was such a hands on exhibit and museum, able to get up close and personal with the artifacts.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

I would recommend this one. You likely have seen The Longest Day. The scene where the paratrooper dropped onto a church and hung by his parachute…is pretty much accurate.
The church in Sainte-Mere-Eglise memorializes that day with a stained glass window and a replica parachute on top the church. Across the street, the French have expressed gratitude in a small but very well done museum. The dome or roof of the museum is a stylized parachute and was built after the placement of a real, full sized DC3 (military C47). Inside is a varied and fascinating display representing the events of the day. There is adequate parking, except I'm sure, for the heaviest of tourist days in the summer.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a great museum right across from the church in St. Mere Iglese. Lots of authentic collection pieces & a good presentation.

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