William Bray is one of the veterans in the exhibition.

D-Day veterans immortalised

Their heroism helped change the course of the second world war, and now some of the surviving D-Day veterans have been immortalised.

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Duxford show to remember Britain's D-Day air assault

Final preparations are underway at Duxford's Imperial War Museum as it prepares to mark the role airmen played in one of the biggest and most significant campaigns of the Second World War.

Historic aircraft have been arriving at the Cambridgeshire airfield, ready to take part in their first major airshow of the year, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day allied invasion of France.

Over the bank holiday weekend, thousands of spectators are expected to arrive to witness the sights and sounds of military aircraft old and new, in tribute to the thousands of servicemen killed on land, sea and in the air around the Normandy beaches in June 1944.

Click below to see ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes' look behind the scenes as the final plans come together.

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Duxford exhibition tells WWII stories

William Bray
William Bray is one of the veterans in the exhibition Credit: Robin Savage

The war stories of some of the few surviving D-Day veterans will be told at an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.

It is part of the museum's commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings.

Many of the photos show veterans returning to the exact spot where their stories unfolded in June 1944.

Duxford basks in Monuments Men's glory

Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville and George Clooney on set at IWM Duxford
Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville and George Clooney on set at IWM Duxford Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

The Imperial War Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire plays a key role in the new Monuments Men film which has just been released.

The cast, crew and more than 300 extras spent nine days filming at the former wartime airfield.

Duxford’s historic buildings, control tower and airfield also featured in the filming
Duxford’s historic buildings, control tower and airfield also featured in the filming Credit: ITV Anglia

Second World War aircraft and vehicles were brought to the museum to act as props and set dressing.

Duxford’s historic buildings, control tower and airfield also featured in the filming.

Cambridgeshire car showroom staff in lucky escape after lorry wheel crashes into their building

by Stuart Leithes

Staff at a Cambridgeshire car showroom say it was lucky no-one was killed by a lorry wheel that smashed into the side of their building after coming off a passing truck.

It happened on the A505 at Duxford, but fortunately the business was closed for the New Year.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

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War museum staffing privatised

Imperial War Museum North
Imperial War Museum North Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

Visitor and security services at Imperial War Museums are to be privatised, affecting staff in London, Manchester and Cambridgeshire.

The move will affect more than 100 staff at the war museums in London and Manchester, HMS Belfast and Churchill War Rooms in London, and Duxford air museum in Cambridgeshire.

The successful bidder for the contract is the Shield Group, with staff employment conditions protected by employment regulations.

A statement said: "This decision was based on ensuring that our long-term quality needs can be satisfied by a provider who delivers optimum value for money and also excellent career opportunities for staff."

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, said: "As the eyes of the world look to the Imperial War Museum to mark the centenary of the First World War, it is taking a major gamble with its reputation.

"We believe that gifting this work to a profit-making company will lead to jobs and standards being cut, and risks a knowledge drain from these highly-prized visitor attractions."

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Former F1 test driver found dead

by Luke Farrington

The Formula One test driver María de Villota, who lost the sight in one eye after a crash in Cambridgeshire, has been found dead in a hotel room. Police are calling it a "natural death".

Last year, the Spanish driver crashed at Duxford Aerodrome, while test driving for the Marussia F-1 team.

The 33-year old's body was today discovered in Spain, where she was promoting her autobiography.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Luke Farrington

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