Marking two war events

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This weekend, of August 15, is not only VJ day – commemorating the end of the Second World War – but is also the 75th anniversary of the largest raid on the North-East by the Luftwaffe.

The raid took place because the Germans thought that all the RAF fights were committed on the South Coast.

Unbeknown to them, however, there were a number of squadrons not deployed there.

It became known as Black Thursday by the Germans, the first and only major daylight raid during the blitz.

To mark the event, and the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the North East Land Sea and Air Museum, in Sunderland, will be hosting experts to tell visitors about life during the war.

Wardens and Home Guard members will be present to tell how people coped during the blitz, together with visiting military vehicles and talks on the weapons used in combat.

The NE Flight Simulator Group will give people an opportunity to have a go at flying a Hurricane intercepting German Bombers or flying over the jungle in the final days of the war.

The representatives from the newly-reformed 607 County of Durham Squadron will be present to commemorate the part played be Usworth’s part time airmen

Events will be taking place at the museum over the weekend, from 10am to 5pm.

John Stelling,

North East Land Sea and Air Museum.