The Roger A. Freeman Heritage Tour - 80th Anniversary Commemoration of "Black Week" is a one-of-a-kind trip offering that has been crafted to offer a unique historical experience focusing on this critical time in WWII Eighth Air Force history.
Between October 8th and October 14th, 1943, the United States Army Air Corps - Eighth Air Force lost 138 heavy bombers, 24 fighters, and over 1400 airmen to enemy action. It will be forever known in the annals of Eighth Air Force history as "Black Week."
This special tour itinerary has been meticulously planned to take our guests on a historical journey like no other offering of its kind. Join us as we honor and remember the courage and sacrifice of those brave Eighth Air Force airmen who fought and died during this critical period, some 80 years ago.
Our guests will visit air bases that played a key role in this pivotal period in WWII Eighth Air Force history and museums and sites chronicling this historic period in October of 1943. We will walk in the footsteps of our "Mighty Eighth" heroes as we journey and explore these amazing locations.
In addition to visiting six heavy bomber bases, our guests will also visit three key fighter group airfields along with selected sites that are "off the beaten path." This tour has been planned to not only allow our guests a wonderful historical experience but also to appreciate the charm and beauty of England. Our guests will enjoy plenty of free time to explore the countryside, villages and towns, and the bustle of London on their own.
Our deluxe four and five-star hotel accommodations are all first-class properties giving you the finest in comfort and luxury. We have selected fabulous restaurants that will provide you with unique dining experiences that range from the charm of a simple English country pub to the opulence, grandeur, and character of the Royal Air Force Club in Central London.
Transportation will be aboard a safe, reliable, and luxurious 53-seat Mercedes motorcoach
with bathroom facilities and a dedicated driver throughout the journey.
A knowledgeable Tour Leader and Tour Manager will accompany the journey and will be available 24/7 should you need assistance. Your Tour Leader and Tour Manager are both experienced authorities on the history of the Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force Bomber Command during WWII. They will always be available to answer any questions you might have during the tour. Additional experts on the Eighth Air Force will be joining us as guest speakers along our journey.
Round trip private transfers to and from Heathrow Airport - London.
All hotel tariffs, gratuities and luggage accommodation.
First class transportation on a luxurious, air-conditioned, 53-seat Mercedes motor coach with a dedicated, experienced, safe and reliable driver.
All morning breakfasts (11 days), lunches and dinners (9 days) with the exception of two lunches and two dinners.
Beer, wine, and soft drinks with provided lunches and dinners.
Full-time Eighth Air Force authoritative guide, logistical Tour Leader and Tour Manager and expert WWII-focused local guides and guest speakers.
VIP access to WWII sites and cultural attractions.
Professional hotel concierge guides to assist you in London to help you see the sites of this spectacular city.
Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters and servers.
Personalized luggage tags and customized name badge.
Exclusive participation in special commemorative ceremonies and tributes at the appropriate sites.
Here are some guest reviews from previous tours:
"I knew this trip would be emotional, but I had no idea those emotions would come wave upon wave. The experience of that trip will stay with me forever. I highly recommend it and would go again in a heartbeat."
C.C. Culpepper, son of a 100th Bomb Group veteran and current President of the 100th Bomb Group Foundation.
"After almost 20 years of Eighth Air Force history exploration, we had the experience of a lifetime during our recent tour. The historical content, itinerary, pace and cost were superior to any other tour we've experienced. "
Albert Pela, son of a 100th Bomb Group veteran and POW.
"The Roger Freeman Tour sponsored by the Museum is like no other of it's kind. They bent over backwards to make this a special experience for my family by taking us to my father's air base. It was there that I walked in his footsteps and saw the place where he spent his youth during WWII. It was something that I will never forget and I am so proud that my Dad served in the "Mighty Eighth."
John O'Neil III - son of a veteran of the Fourth Fighter Group and the 482nd Bomb Group.
Single occupancy is for one (1) participant in a private room with a King-size bed.
This package is for anyone wishing to stay in a double occupancy room with 2 people and 2 beds or a single King-size bed.
Guests will arrive at Heathrow Airport – London where they will be met personally by the Tour Leader or the Tour Manager with a custom greeting sign displaying our specific guest’s surname.
Once our guests have collected their luggage and personal items, they will board our designated motor coach and be taken to the fabulous MacDonald Windsor Hotel in the village of Windsor.
When we reach the hotel, our guests will check in and have the chance to enjoy a free afternoon touring Windsor Castle (directly across the street from the hotel-not included in the tour package), do some local shopping on the Windsor High Street, enjoy a nice lunch at a local pub or simply relax and refresh in the privacy of their room.
Our evening will feature a cocktail reception & welcome dinner, we will review the tour program and answer any questions the group might have about the itinerary.