Sainte-Mere-Eglise…

To round off our museum tours, I dragged Mel to the American Airborne memorial at Sainte-Mere-Eglise (our 4th D-Day museum in 2 days!)… During the night parachute drops one unfortunate trooper from the 515th PIR by the name of John Steele became ensnared on the church spire, where he dangled for two hours while the fighting continued below. Today a model hangs from the church spire as a memorial to John Steele’s ordeal…

The Airborne Museum (Musée Airborne) is a museum in Sainte-Mère-Église, La Manche, France
Entrance to the Airborne Museum, the church spire with the model of John Steele can just be seen in the background. © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Airborne Museum (Musée Airborne) is a museum in Sainte-Mère-Église, La Manche, France
Glider in the Airborne Museum (Musée Airborne) in Sainte-Mère-Église, La Manche, France © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Airborne Museum (Musée Airborne) is a museum in Sainte-Mère-Église, La Manche, France
The parachute shaped glider hall… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
C-47 in the Airborne Museum (Musée Airborne) is a museum in Sainte-Mère-Église, La Manche, France
A C47 inside the Airborne museum hangar, whose shape fairly obviously also represents a parachute… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The Airborne Museum (Musée Airborne) is a museum in Sainte-Mère-Église, La Manche, France
The C-47 hangar © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Dummy paratrooper on the church spire at Sainte Mere Eglise
John Steele memorial on the church spire; Steele was played by actor Red Buttons during the 1962 movie ‘The Longest Day’ © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Finishing the day on a roof top bar in St Malo with a well earned beer!

Michael Evans photographer enjoying a beer in St Malo
It’ll end in beers…! © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
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