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Journey back in time to the 1940s

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

It was a time of community spirit, of evenings by the wireless, and of making do in incredbly tough times. Now the war-time era of the 1940s has been recreated at a costume shop in the south east, and will soon open to the public as a living museum.

David Johns has been to look round, speaking to re-enactors Debbie White and Judy Knight.

Lord Paddy Ashdown launches daring mission honouring WWII's Cockleshell Heroes

by Kerry Swain

Former Royal Marine and ex leader of the Lib Dems Lord Paddy Ashdown has officially launched a daring expedition by injured war heroes.

Members of the Pilgrim Bandits charity, many of them amputees, plan to recreate the famous World War Two mission Operation Frankton which was made famous in the film Cockleshell Heroes.

Also at the launch in London was the great niece of one of the original Cockleshell Heroes. Kerry Swain was there.

Click here to read more about the Pilgrim Bandits and their latest adventure.


Young musicians from Kent pay Dambusters tribute

by David Wood

Young musicians from Kent have paid tribute to another generation at a concert at the Royal Albert Hall last night. Students from the North Knatchbull School in Ashford were among the 3,000 performers who remembered the Dambusters from World War Two.

Kent played a vital role for the Dambusters training. The coastline at Reculver was used to test the "bouncing bomb" before the squadron flew on to Germany. David Wood reports.

Sunken German bomber brought in to land at Ramsgate

Dornier 17 aircraft
German war plane salvaged from sea off Kent is brought in to land at Ramsgate Credit: RAF Museum

The RAF Museum has been posting images of a salvaged German bomber plane that has been raised from the sea off the Kent coast. The Dornier 17 aircraft has been under water since World War Two. It has been underwater for the past seventy years.

Dornier 17 aircraft
The Dornier 17 aircraft has been underwater for more than 70 years Credit: RAF Museum

Sunken WWII bomber due to come in to shore soon


ETA for #Dornier17 arrival at Ramsgate is still 3pm. We will be there, tweeting live pics.

Staff from the RAF Museum has been posting live updates on social media about when they expect a salvaged German bomber aircraft from WWII to be brought in to shore at Ramsgate. The Dornier 17 has been under water off the Kent coast for more than seventy years.


Twitter reaction to Arctic convoy medals


Thrilled that Govt will award #ArcticConvoy veterans w/ specific medal. It’s been a long fight, but delighted it's finally happening. #PMQs


PM: Delighted to announce recognition for brave veterans of the #ArcticConvoy and #BomberCommand. More details in New Year. @defencehq #PMQs


Great news that those who served on the Arctic Convoys in WW2 will finally have their courage and sacrifice recognised with a medal. #fb

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