Mark Copeland orchestrated the outstanding "Black Week" trip we had the privilege of attending in October 2023. His in-depth preparation for visiting the airfields, historic sites, museums, pubs and selection of the accommodations was superb. This trip was beyond our expectations. Mark and tour manager, David Williams recreated and walked with us in the footsteps of my B-24 pilot father and all of the courageous young airmen during 1943-1945. To stand on the runways and hardstands, to be in the control towers and in the decision making offices of the Mighty Eighth at Pinetree was an unforgettable experience. Being at Thorpe Abbotts with Lucky Lucadoo, the 100th Air Refueling wing and Color Guard on the 80th anniversary of the Bloody Hundredth's fateful week, was extremely moving. Mark created a very personal experience for us with his museum contacts at my father's base, station 114 at Hethel. On 11, October 2023, the 389th Exhibition Memorial was specially opened for us by 7 volunteers with a private tour. Being there was heartfelt for me. The thrill of receiving, at the farewell dinner in London, the flag which flew at the base during our tour was indescribable. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you!
By Karen H for Roger A. Freeman - 80th Anniversary Commemoration of "Black Week" Tour on Nov 02, 2023
Karen, Having you and Don on the trip was very special and I was thrilled that you had the opportunity to visit Hethel where your father proudly served during WWII. Thank you for your kind words and positive review!! Mark Copeland
This trip far surpassed our expectations!! The trip was well planned. There was adequate time given to us to see everything at each of our destinations. Lodging and transportation were wonderful!! Food was exceptional!! There was never a time that we were hungry!! The greatest piece of the trip was having a WWII Veteran with us who experienced “Black Week” first hand. His stories and experiences made everything so real. We were treated like royalty throughout the trip. Mark and David were awesome hosts and exceptionally knowledgeable!! We would recommend this trip to everyone!!
By Jacqueline S for Roger A. Freeman - 80th Anniversary Commemoration of "Black Week" Tour on Oct 31, 2023
Jackie, Thank you for your kind words, I truly appreciate it!! Having you and Kent on the trip was an honor and I am so happy that you enjoyed it!! Your recommendation is appreciated greatly, Jackie!!
Where do I begin!!!!! Over and above expectations for sure. From the time I landed I experienced beautiful acommodations and quality service from every hotel I were was better then the last. The food was....well above full-filling and delicious and well plated. All destinations were just planned and put together for this special 80th event. The 2 host for the tour and the driver were perfect for a very rememberable trip I was waiting for. Thank you Mark, David and Kevin Nancy E Brennan
By Nancy E B for Roger A. Freeman - 80th Anniversary Commemoration of "Black Week" Tour on Oct 19, 2023
Nancy, Thank you very much for your kind review!! It was an honor and a pleasure to have you, your sister and your brother-in-law on the trip. I hope that we fulfilled your expectations and that the tour will be a lifelong memory for you. Your father was special man and true patriot. I'm so happy that we could connect all of you to further cherish his memory. Thank you again for your kind words, Nancy!! Mark Copeland Director of Educational Travel National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force