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Last two airworthy Lancaster bombers cancel appearances after Durham engine shutdown

Vera - the Canadian Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber - has had to halt her British tour after performing a precautionary engine shutdown.

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Lancaster bombers head to IWM Duxford for reunion with Flying Fortress

The Canadian and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster bombers will be at The Duxford Air Show with a B-17 Flying Fortress on Sunday September 14.

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National Portrait Gallery puts young Roald Dahl RAF portrait on show for the first time

A rarely-seen Matthew Smith portrait of Roald Dahl when he was a young RAF officer during the Second World War has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Last two airworthy Lancaster bombers begin UK flying tour at Eastbourne Airshow

A Canadian Lancaster bomber is taking part in a six-week tour of the UK with the Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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English Heritage appeals to public to tag vast collection of First World War aerial photos

First World War Centenary planners and English Heritage are asking the public to share their knowledge of some of the sites shown in Britain from Above's collection of 95,000 photos.

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Imperial War Museum reopens with ground-breaking interactive First World War gallery

Imperial War Museum's new First World War gallery, which has reopened following a £40 million overhaul, is a major step forward in museum exhibitions, but what of the Second World War galleries?......

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Cara Spencer on her dad, the Beatles, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and Victoria Beckham

Curated by his daughter and named after the war hero and photographer's favourite phrase, Living Dangerously is about to showcase Terence Spencer's remarkable career.

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Six stories from Brighton Museum's War Stories: Voices from the First World War

Spouses who fell in love at military hospitals and soldiers in Iraq who filled scrapbooks with cricket scores are among the World War I stories in Brighton, reveals curator Jody East.

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Artists behind Normandy's The Fallen artwork release film for D-Day 70th anniversary

The sand artists who created a vast artwork remembering the dead on the beaches of Normandy have released a film about their project for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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RAF Museum lends Hawker Typhoon to Canada for 70th anniversary of D-Day

The RAF Museum has lent the last remaining Hawker Typhoon of its kind – allowing Canadian visitors to see it exactly 70 years after the D-Day Normandy landings.

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D-Day 70th anniversary brings good news for D-Day Museum redevelopment plans

The D-Day Museum in Portsmouth has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £4.1 million bid to completely transform the museum in time for D-Day 75.

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Photographer returns to Normandy as Royal Armouries Fort Nelson marks D-Day anniversary

The wider landscape of the Normandy beaches are the focus of a thoughtful display of photographs by Russell Squires at Fort Nelson marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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IWM Duxford tells the moving story of the Padre who landed on D-Day

He landed in Normandy on June 6 1944. By June 9 he had buried the bodies of many of his comrades including that of the poet Keith Douglas. Discover the moving story of Captain Leslie Skinner at IWM......

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Public Service Broadcasting revisit The War Room for Museums at Night at RAF Museum

DJ Yoda, a Silent Disco, knitting and ale made Museums at Night a memorable one at London's RAF Museum with headliners Public Service Broadcasting.

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Curator's Choice: The unseen literature of the cataclysmic Liberation of Paris in 1945

Charles Chadwyck-Healey's collection of the extraordinary publishing spree following the liberation of World War II is about to go on display in Cambridge.

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