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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - Due to staff illness the museum is closed until Tuesday 15th September. Apologies for any inconvenience
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.
20th August 2020
Unfortunately due to the current COVID pandemic the museum will not be able to open on Sundays in September and October as previously advertised. This is normally staffed by volunteers and that is not practical with the current restrictions
The museum will be open as usual Tuesday to Saturday in September and October
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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
We also accept payments by PayPal at the email@example.com
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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