One of the last few remaining extraordinary members of 346 squadron sadly passed away this week. We were blessed to have welcomed him at Elvington only a few years ago. Enrolled in the French Air Force as a volunteer just before the Second World War, he was a student pilot at Rochefort. When the Germans […]
We remember Alfred PENDARIÈS from 346 Guyenne Squadron who passed away in April 2020. Born on 18th April 1924 in Rullac-St-Cyr, Aveyron, France, Alfred PENDARIÈS joined the forces on his 18th birthday and left for Casablanca. In 1944, he decided to join the R.A.F. After qualifying as an air gunner in Morpeth on 2nd June […]
The Yorkshire Air Museum has received National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage The Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial at Elvington near York has been awarded £134,300 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help it recover from the effects of the lockdown. The museum […]
By June 1944, the two French Squadrons that flew from Elvington were fully operational. They had been flying missions as part of the allied air forces over occupied Europe and while everyone knew that an invasion was inevitable and drawing ever closer, nobody knew exactly when that would take place. The evening of the 5th […]
A very special guest….The day Josephine Baker came to Elvington. On the 16th of May 1945, RAF Elvington hosted a very special surprise guest on the site of what is now the Yorkshire Air Museum. It is a few days only since VE Day and the capitulation of Germany. The 2,500 French airmen based at […]
As we near the anniversary of VE Day, we’re revealing the latest podcast episode, brought to you by the amazing team at Time and Again Theatre Company.