Airborne Forces Caythorpe Guided Walk and Talk

Airborne Forces Caythorpe Guided Walk and Talk

Description.Our guided walk from Caythorpe takes in peaceful countryside in sharp contrast to the dark days of World War Two. It includes a view of former RAF Fulbeck, wartime home to USAAF 9th Troop Carrier Command as Station 488 and will conclude at St Vincent's Church, a shrine to airborne forces, for refreshments and explanatory talk.

Station 488 was a major military airfield, dropping parachutists near the Normandy beaches in Operation Overlord (D-Day) and used to prepare for Operation Market Garden (Arnhem), dropping elements of the 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles, along with allied troops.

Back at Caythorpe, we will share a unique lasting wartime legacy as we hear how St Vincent's Church and village became the spiritual home for 216 Parachute Signal Squadron.

The recently renovated church is a treasure house dedicated to airborne forces across two World Wars, through Rwanda, the Falklands and through to recent conflicts including Afghanistan and Iraq.

Our talk takes us through  the poignant parish history and the stories behind  the memorial plaques, artefacts, displays, stunning stained glass window, the woven carpet of the Arnhem Aisle and the exhibit that takes pride of place - the Last Battle Order posted on the church door at Oosterbeck near Arnhem.

Date.  Saturday 8th September

Timings.  Arrival 9.30am.  Tour departs 10am. Talk at 11.30am

Parking. On public highway in village

Meeting.  St Vincent’s Church, Caythorpe

Refreshments.Served in church between walk and talk

Tickets.  Please ensure that you bring your ticket with you.

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