The Airborne Museum, situated in the square of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, a few miles from D-Day landing beaches, facing the church where John Steele famously was caught, relates the heroic adventure of paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division. Through a spectacular museography, the Airborne Museum takes you through the D-Day alongside American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division. From the invasion preparations in England through the battles for liberation, meet the Airborne troops and accompany them on their journey to Victory.
My Mama would always say that George’s picture was in the Airborne Museum in St-Mere-Eglise. When we visited the first time in 1999, I looked for the familiar picture. I found it but was shocked that he was just one of thousands of unnamed paratroopers. This was the beginning of my journey. . . . I wanted to ensure that his story would be complete and correct into perpetuity. What better place to begin our family trip to Normandy and then to Cambridge American Cemetery was St-Mere-Eglise where George’s and my journey began.
Across the village square from the Musee Airborne, is this little church . The dramatic entry into the village on D-Day is immortalized with the parachute and manikin.
This is a tangible memorial to John Steele who was caught on the church roof when he parachuted into St -Mere -Eglise on the early morning on June 6, 1944. John hung there limply pretending to be dead before he was captured by German soldiers. Steele survived and during his life visited this site many time, always hailed as a hero by the people in the town. They never forgot with love and appreciation that St.-Mere-Eglise was the first French village liberated by our heroes, of whom John Steele is one.