Detailed below is the final schedule for the commemoration week of 17-23 October. You can download and print a PDF version of the timetable here
19th October (Wednesday)
De Lourds Souvenirs
York St John Business School – 09:30
Lord Mayors Walk, York
Alliance Française, NYBEP
French Language Event for schools, colleges and French speakers. Veterans talk about their lives in wartime York. With film.
The French Return to Elvington
Yorkshire Air Museum – 12:00
Veterans return to their old base and see the Halifax bomber. Live aircraft, displays and exhibitions.
Elvington Village – 14:30
Memorial with veterans and children from local schools.
The French Air Force in York
Museum Gardens, York – 18:30
York Philosophical Society, Yorkshire Air Museum, Manchester University, The French Embassy
Unique wartime film of French airmen in York and extraordinary aerial action footage – plus meet the veterans who took part. Hosted by Dr Matthew Cobb & Prof. Philippe Lane.
20th October (Thursday)
Inauguration of French Air Force
Memorial – York Minster – 10:30
All visitors and public welcome.
Fly Past by RAF Lancaster Bomber and other aircraft. March Past – RAF Central Band, RAFA, French Air Force, veterans & Air Training Corps
Festival of Flight 2011
York Minster – 13:00
Launch of National Tour of Aviation Photographic Exhibition – Heartstone.
Vintage Citroen Traction Avant
Display St Sampson’s Square, York
Display by iconic vintage Citroens.
“Flightpaths” – Film Premier
City Screen, York. – 17:30
First public showing of the film from this year’s IWM London Film Awards. True but tragic story of a York girl who was a secret agent and her French husband – an airman based at Elvington. Download the flyer and more information here.
18th / 23rd October
St Sampson’s Square, York
World War Two fighter aircraft with French RAF re-enactors on display.
Parliament Street, York
City of York Council
Continental market in Parliament Street, York, with a wide and exciting variety of tastes, smells and goods to delight visitors.