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Second World War

Spend the day exploring some of Cambridgeshire’s famous heritage sites and discover more about the history of the Second World War and Britain’s special relationship with the United States forces.

Morning

Cambridge American Cemetery, Memorial and ‘Visitor Center’

Start your day at the Cambridge American Cemetery, which honours the competence, courage and sacrifice of the Americans who, in what was known as ‘the friendly invasion’, served on British soil during the Second World War.

They brought their film-star good looks, candy, music and jitterbugging to a nation starved of fun and lightened our darkest hour. Some of them paid the ultimate price and never returned home. We remember them all.

Walk amongst the headstones in the landscaped grounds; sit by the pools and reflect on the lives of those soldiers, sailors, coast guardsmen and airmen; gaze in awe at the ceiling mosaic of the Memorial Building.

The ‘Visitor Center’ chronicles the stay of the Americans stationed in Britain during the war. Their images bring to life those names carved on the headstones or on the Wall of the Missing.

Now visit IWM Duxford, from where the USAAF 78th Fighter Group flew aircraft during that conflict.

Afternoon

IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford, Britain’s best-preserved Second World War airfield, is located just over 10 miles from the Cambridge American Cemetery.

From the 1940 Operations Room, to the Battle of Britain exhibition, to Duxford’s own story in the Historic Duxford exhibition, there is plenty to see for fans of Second World War history.

Visit the Battle of Britain exhibition and see how Britain’s air defences developed over the First World War, Second World War and into the Cold War.

Hear personal stories from people who served at RAF Duxford in our Historic Duxford exhibition.

Step into the 1940 Operations Room and be transported back to the summer of 1940 when this building was the nerve centre of Duxford’s Battle of Britain campaign.

Discover more about the story of Anglo-American collaboration in twentieth and twenty-first century conflict at IWM Duxford’s recently transformed American Air Museum. This exhibition contains the best collection of American aircraft on display outside North America.

For further details on IWM Duxford’s centenary programme please visit: iwm.org.uk

Explore the ‘special relationship’ in the RAF bar at The Eagle pub (in the centre of Cambridge, opposite King’s College Chapel) where British and American airmen wrote their names on the ceiling.

Ticket prices:

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial (CACM)

All visitor services, including tours are FREE; children’s activities available; fully wheelchair accessible. More details can be found on our website.

IWM Duxford

Adult £18

Child £9

Family and concession tickets are available. For further details, please visit our website.

Directions

To CACM

Located just off the M11 (Jct 13), go west on the A 1303; alternatively use the City Sightseeing bus, or No 4 Service bus from Cambridge city centre.

From CACM to IWMD

This journey should take around 15 minutes. From the CACM take the M11 towards London. At Junction 10, take the exit onto the A505. Go right on the roundabout and take the third exit onto the A505 towards Royston. Then follow the signs to the Imperial War Museum Duxford.