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Dear visitors, we are pleased to tell you that the museum is open as usual.  Social distancing rules must be followed including the compulsory wearing of masks, hand gel is available at the entrance to the museum.

7th June 2020

A short ceremony was organized on Sunday, June 7 at noon in front of the war memorial of the 6th and 7th battalion of the Green Howards in Crépon.

Under the presidency of the mayor of Crépon Monsieur de Poncins and the presence of members of the municipal council, the general councilor Monsieur Nouvelot, the mayor of Ver-sur-Mer Monsieur Veret, Jean-François Le Cuziat president of the association of the museum America & Gold Beach of Ver-sur-Mer and the representative of the veterans Mr. Mundebeltz.
It also included the participation of Mr. Yves Le Cuziat in the trumpet and the flag bearer of the town. The ceremony was attended by a small Créponnais audience and people passing through the town who stopped to watch.

The ceremony began with the mayor's welcoming address and the reading of an extract from the poem "The Fallen" by Laurence Binyon by Jean-François Le Cuziat, followed by the laying of wreaths and the wreath sent by Colonel Clive Mantell President of the Green Howards Veterans Association. The Last Post followed, a minute of silence and the Marseillaise à cappella by the audience. The town of Crépon then invited the audience for a drink of friendship at the bar in the church square

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6th June 2020

The America & Gold Beach museum association represented by its president Jean-François Le Cuziat and its secretary Eric Viel, along with Corine Vervaeke guide-lecturer and her husband, General Philippe Vervaeke deposited at 9:30 am on June 6, 2020 a bouquet of flowers and two white roses at the monument of the 6th and 7th battalion of the Green Howards of the Paisty Vert in Ver-sur-Mer.

 

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The small group then joined Place Winston Churchill at 10 am where a remembrance ceremony was organized by the town of Ver-sur-Mer in the presence of the mayor Jean-Luc Veret and several members of the town council. Mr. Witchell represented the Normandy Memorial Trust, J-F Le Cuziat represented the museum association as well as a representative of the Gendarmerie. Several residents of the town who attend  this ceremony of remembrance were also present. The short ceremony took place in the rain and wind, Jean-François Le Cuziat first read an extract from the poem "The Fallen" by Laurence Binyon before the wreath, white roses and poppies was laid. After a minute of silence, the mayor addressed the participants.

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After the ceremony at Place Churchill, Jean-François Le Cuziat, Eric Viel and members of the museum association went to lay a red rose at the monuments of the 2nd Battalion of the Hertfordshire Regiment and the Royal Artillery

 

November 2019

At the end of November 2019 Mr. Patrice de la Rochefoucault donated to the museum several objects and souvenirs from the America plane: a piece of the rope which was used to tow the plane on Ver beach, three pieces of canvas from the fuselage of the airplane with original aluminum paint (paint still very fresh after more than 90 years), three photos with the original signatures of two of the four crew members of the America, George Noville and Bert Acosta. These objects and souvenirs were donated many years ago by the Villefranche family. Count Guy de Villefranche was mayor of Cabourg in 1927 and after the landing of the America on July 1, 1927 in Ver, he then accommodated the crew at the Grand Hôtel de Cabourg. These objects and souvenirs will soon be exhibited in the museum. We thank very much the donor who received us at his home to give us these objects

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We had 40 participants in the guided tour which was on the subject of the German defences at Ver Sur Mer in June 1944

On the 8km walk we gave talks about the six defencive sectors on Gold Beach King

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On Wednesday 31st July, more than 70 people attended Claude Quétel's lecture on the life of the civilian population after liberation.

Mr. Quétel who lived through this time, told the audience for more than an hour a series of moving stories and anecdotes full of humor.

The public was then able to participate by asking questions and telling stories that they lived through or were reported to them.

The conference ended with a book signing session

Latest news from the museum

On 6th June 2019 the Association Amercia Gold Beach Museum and the council of Ver Sur Mer revealed two new memorials in the newly refurbished Place Winston Churchill. These are dedicated to those who died on the 6th June liberating the village of the 4/7th Royal Dragoon Guards and the 5th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment. Two hundred plus people attended this very moving ceremony

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24th March 2019

On the occasion of the opening of the season 2019 we present in our collections an exceptional gift received by the museum last November, a blade of the central propeller of the plane AMERICA found by chance in a garage of Poissy in the Department of Yvelines. This blade of propeller was broken during the ditching, it was given to the museum by Mr. Alain Jouan and by Mrs. Pascale Grégy

 

 

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Please note that group guided visits are only possible on Saturday and Sunday

 

31st May Thanks to Ron and his team, Jean Francois and Eric the Sexton has been painted.  Thanks also to Mr and Mrs Bracken from the USA who gave a very generous donation.

 

Commemorative book written to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the historic flight by Capitaine de Corvette Richard E Byrd and his team towards France aboard the Fokker Trimoetur Monoplane ‘America’

W.T.W is no longer answering! The Fokker ‘America’ is expected at the Bourget airport the 30th June 1927, but with bad weather and technical problems meant that they need to find another place to land urgently

Discover the extraordinary adventure of the first postal delivery by plane between the United States and France.

40-page book, containing numerous photos, documents, objects and letters. Text in French and English

This book was researched and written by Jean Pierre Dupont, the Curator of the America museum in Ver Sur Mer, who sadly passed away on the 30th July 2017.  He had retired from Air France and was a specialist in the subject of aviation. The book was edited and published by the museum association in June 2017 for the 90th anniversary of the ditching of the ‘America’ off Ver Sur Mer on the 1st July 1927.

Payment by cheque in Euros made payable to ‘Association America-Gold Beach’ posted to the Centre Saint- Exupéry, 2 Place de l’Amiral Byrd, 14114, Ver Sur Mer, Normandie, FRANCE


For payment from other EU countries, bank transfers are accepted, please contact us for account details.

 

We also accept payments by PayPal at the america.goldbeach@sfr.fr


Price per book is 10 Euros

Delivery in France is 5 euros, in the EEC is 8 Euros and elsewhere is 12 Euros.

 

12th May 2017 - June 2017 ceremonies added.

11th May 2017 - Click here to see short video of museum

(French and Spanish, English subtitles.)

27th March 2017 - Passionnés depuis trente ans par l'histoire de l'« America », le conservateur du musée Jean-Pierre Dupont et son épouse Nany préparent un week-end de festivités pour célébrer le 90e anniversaire de l'amerrissage forcé du Fokker. |

 

Text and image Ouest-France March 2017

20th February 2017 - visit the museum to see a 1927 film of the ditching of the AMERICA, with commentaries in English, French or German.

 

17th February 2017 - opening hours clarified.

25th February 2016 - slight change to opening hours for 2016.

27th March 2016 - times of June 2016 ceremonies published.

Follow the links at left.

5th April 2016 - new exhibition about RHINO FERRIES by Major Edwin Hunt MVO. Visit the museum to see it!

5th April 2016 - new film about the ditching of the AMERICA. Visit the museum to see it!

5th May 2016 - times of June 2016 ceremonies changed, slightly.

19th May 2016 - poster for June ceremonies below (only in French, sorry!)

The AMERICA-GOLD BEACH museum is situated in the centre of Ver sur Mer, next door to the town hall. It commemorates two momentous 20th century events that took place her in Ver sur Mer.

In 1927, the first mail-carrying flight from the USA to Europe crash-landed in the sea off Ver sur Mer. The aircraft, piloted by Commander Robert BYRD, was called the AMERICA.

On 6th June 1944, elements of the British 50th Infantry division and supporting armour landed here, as part of operation OVERLORD, on the beach known since that day as GOLD BEACH.

 

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