On Saturday 5 December, Imperial War Museum Dxuford hosted a very special children’s Christmas party, organised by the 48th Fighter Wing of the United States Air Force in Europe in association with the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Seventy children from the Dolphin Ward at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow attended this very special Christmas party and mingled with service personnel, and  their families, from the 48th Fighter Wing. They joined in arts and crafts activities, sang carols and welcomed Santa, who arrived in style via helicopter.

This very special party continues the tradition of Anglo-American relations that dates back to the Second World War. On Christmas Day 1943, the 78th Fighter Wing Group of the United States Army Air Force, who were based at RAF Duxford, hosted a party for local children.

Imperial War Museum Duxford was delighted to be the host venue for this very special event.