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The Airborne Museum

(France - Basse-Normandie - Sainte-Mère-Église)

The Airborne Museum located at Cotentin North in a Park of 3000 m² near the church. This museum of legends is a hymn to the extraordinary epic of the American parachutists of the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions who dropped on Sainte-Mère-Eglise in the night of 5-6 June, 1944.

A first building in the shape of a parachute shelters a Waco Glider in its original state, as well as many showcases furnished with documents of the time, testimonials, weapons, ammunition, etc.
In the second building, in the shape of a delta wing, you will find the Douglas C-47 plane Argonia which took part in dropping the parachutists and in towing gliders at the time of the Landings.

Many models in uniform as well as vehicles are displayed.
Thanks to the Waco glider and Douglas C47, a unique voyage in space and time is offered to all visitors and other enthusiasts traversing this magic place.

Between the exhibition of the aerial Landings, the showcases furnished with documents of the time, weapons or photographs and its original film "Battle for Liberty"a true transformation scene awaits you in the 3 buildings composing this memorial site built in homage to all those who were sacrificed for our Liberty in 1944.

On leaving the Airborne Museum, there will stay with you the poignant memory of these tragic hours of a return in History to Sainte-Mère-Eglise, its church and its surroundings. This memorial museum full of moving testimonials and personal memories is entirely dedicated to our Liberators.

For current visiting hours, please visit the website of the museum.


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Rue Eisenhower 14
50480 Sainte-Mère-Église
+33 02 33 41 41 35
+33 02 33 41 78 87
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The must-see museum in the must-visit town in the Utah-Beach zone, along the Carentan-Cherbourgh highway.
Divided in three sections; the Glider-Hall (shaped like a Parachute) with a Glider inside, the Hangar Hall with the C47 Dakota inside and the surrounding grounds with Heavy Metal machines.

Lots of mannequins, clear information and great educational video's and vitrines. Some famous veterans have donated items; there are letters from the top US brass, Dick Winters (E-Co 506th PIR 101st AB), trophees donated by Jack Schlegel (who landed near Picauville on D-Day) and so much more.

Ste Mere Eglise is THE town to visit. Around June 6th it's the center of the Airborne World with enlisted men, veterans and WW2-buffs of the whole planet meeting in places like the infamous Stop-Bar (82nd AB territory ;-)
This museum, this city will always be linked to D-Day 1944. And I bet you that you will hear at least three crickets signals before you leave this historical town and museum !
By: Don van den Bogert
City: The Netherlands
Date and time: 03-12-2004 00:46:37