Flypast delights ‘evacuees’ at air museum’s wartime day

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Children in evacuee gear waved as a World War Two Dakota plane roared overhead in a thrilling spectacle at the Yorkshire Air Museum.

Pupils from St Mary and St Joseph’s primary school in Pocklington, pictured, were among those delighted by the aircraft as it swooped low over the historic site at Elvington.

Children see the Dakota flypast at the Yorkshire Air Museum

Children see the Dakota flypast at the Yorkshire Air Museum

The plane was flown by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which led the recent Diamond Jubilee Flypast in London, as part of the museum’s seventh annual FlightPATH event.

Ian Richardson, of the museum, said: “It is absolutely fantastic that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have supported this event once again this year, with the flypast by the Dakota, which is closely associated with the D-Day Landings 68 years ago in June 1944.”

Around 200 key stage two pupils and staff – many dressed up, 1940s style – took part in the action-packed day of World War Two workshops, which ended with singalong wartime songs in the T2 Hangar.

Other primary schools taking partv were Sheriff Hutton, Goathland, Slingsby, Osbaldwick and North Duffield.