Wednesday 18th February 2009 by C. Freeman
Year 9 students saw military vehicles and planes from the Second World War during a Humanities trip to Duxford. They toured the Imperial War Museum as part of their project on the Second World War and had to complete a workbook on topics including the D-Day landings and the Battle of Britain.
Students squeezed into the historic Operations Room to hear typical commands issued during an air raid attack while surrounded by maps, propaganda and charts indicating the readiness and status of several squadrons. The room is unchanged since it was operational in the 1940s and still has tape over the windows which prevented the glass from exploding inwards in the event of a bomb attack.
There was also the chance to see modern aircraft like the massive American B52 Stratofortess in the American Air Museum and Concorde in the newly-built AirSpace exhibition hall. The students also witnessed stunning aerobatic manoevres by two planes putting on a display for coachloads of visitors.
Teacher Dr Rowe said: 'The trip to Duxford was a valuable experience for the students and it really brought the topics that we had explored in the classroom to life. As well as looking at military issues, students have also studied conditions on the Home Front and have even tried out typical recipes of the era, such as grated apple mixed with condensed milk.'