Le Mémorial Pegasus: History

Kate and I are scheduled to meet le Mémorial Pegasus’ curator Mark Worthington at 9:30am for a video interview that I will post on this blog in the next few weeks. I’m particularly excited about visiting this museum because my own Grandfather was a Halifax bomber during the war. Although le Mémorial Pegasus does not focus specifically on these squadrons, I’m excited to learn more about other divisions in the RAF.

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Le Mémorial Pegasus is dedicated to the men of 6th British Airborne Division – also known as ‘the Red Berets’ – and their invaluable role during the Battle of Normandy.

The museum was inaugurated in 2000 by HRH the Prince of Wales and only took a few months to both build and design under the supervision of Admiral Brac de la Perrière and the D-Day Commemoration Committee.

Today, it offers guided visits and offers visitors a chance to examine an impressive selection of historical objects and photos from June to September 1944. This ever-growing collection is carefully controlled by the British Airborne Assault Normandy Trust and allows visitors to explore and uncover details about the missions carried out before the seaborne landings on the beaches.

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The Pegasus Bridge was originally called Bénouville Bridge and was renamed after the liberation in honour of being the first objective taken by the British troops. In 1993 it was removed and replaced with a new structure and is now on display in the park of the museum in addition to a Bailey Bridge and a replica of the first Airspeed Horsa glider to land in June 1944.

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Mark, Kate and I at le Mémorial Pegasus

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