War weekend event at Helicopter Museum entertains Weston-super-Mare visitors

PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 April 2018

Members of the WWII Living History Association, 2nd Devon parachutist and 104th Panzer Grenadiers.

Members of the WWII Living History Association, 2nd Devon parachutist and 104th Panzer Grenadiers.

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Weston-super-Mare's Helicopter Museum was transformed into a huge war camp at the weekend.

Dave Vockings of the 4th US Marine Division with Josh, Linus and Dan Bliss.Dave Vockings of the 4th US Marine Division with Josh, Linus and Dan Bliss.

The venue, in Locking Moor Road, hosted a World at War event which saw British, German and Russian troop re-enactors set up historically accurate encampments for visitors to explore.

Explorers were also able to take a look around a Vietnam village and see real weapons including the 30ft Bristol Bloodhound Missile.

Historic aircraft including a Vietnam ‘Huey’ helicopter were in attendance, as were inspirational military veterans including the last surviving Dambuster, George ‘Jonny’ Johnson.

Other special guests included one-armed motorcycle racer Chris Ganley and Invictus Games athlete Corie Mapp, while Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, was the event’s centrepiece charity.

Simon and Rose Scofield of the 1st Panzer Group.Simon and Rose Scofield of the 1st Panzer Group.

A museum spokesman said: “The World at War weekend was a huge success and turned out to be one of the most well-attended events in our museum’s history.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all the veterans and re-enactors who supported us as well as our other charity partners, especially Blesma.”

Ryan Flippance, Steve Ottaway of the Wessex Tommies and Stuart Blank 12th Devon Airborne.Ryan Flippance, Steve Ottaway of the Wessex Tommies and Stuart Blank 12th Devon Airborne.

Bren gunner Paul Hurren WW2 Somerset Light Infantry.Bren gunner Paul Hurren WW2 Somerset Light Infantry.

Bren gunner Paul Hurren WW2 Somerset Light Infantry.Bren gunner Paul Hurren WW2 Somerset Light Infantry.

WW2 Somerset Light Infantry and a Home Guard Officer.WW2 Somerset Light Infantry and a Home Guard Officer.

American Field Nurses Deanna Taiton and Sue Horten.American Field Nurses Deanna Taiton and Sue Horten.

Weston Helicopter Museum - World At War weekend.Weston Helicopter Museum - World At War weekend.

Weston Helicopter Museum - World At War weekend.Weston Helicopter Museum - World At War weekend.

Ryan Flippance, Steve Ottaway of the Wessex Tommies and Stuart Blank 12th Devon Airborne.Ryan Flippance, Steve Ottaway of the Wessex Tommies and Stuart Blank 12th Devon Airborne.

Martin Elford with his German Infantry military bicycle.Martin Elford with his German Infantry military bicycle.

Weston Helicopter Museum - World At War weekend.Weston Helicopter Museum - World At War weekend.

Weston Helicopter Museum - World At War weekend.Weston Helicopter Museum - World At War weekend.

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