Radstock Museum’s Autumn Exhibition runs from 19th August until 30th November.
75th Anniversary of the Double Hills glider crash and the battle of Arnhem.
On the 17th September 1944 an armada of planes and gliders, took off from airfields in the south of England carrying paratroopers and their equipment as part of Operation Market Garden, Field Marshall Montgomery’s plan to seize a number of bridges to create a route into Germany for allied troops to help bring about the end of the Second World War.
As glider RJ113, on its way to help capture the Arnhem Road Bridge, reached Paulton it appeared to break up in mid-air and plummeted to the ground, exploding on the field called Double Hill between Paulton and Farrington Gurney. All the 21 Royal Engineers and the two pilots on board were killed.
To mark this 75th anniversary of this disaster Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum will tell the story of The Battle of Arnhem and of how the first soldiers lost in the battle died in a Somerset field.
Some extraordinary items include a German Panzer crew’s helmet and a British glider pilot’s escape pouch.
The story will be told of how a memorial was built and a memorial service is held every September to honour the sacrifice of these men.
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