THE days when transport aircraft took off from RAF Blakehill on their way to drop parachutists in Arnhem will be remembered when Wiltshire Wildlife Trust hosts a special commemoration later this month.

Following in the wake of a War to Wildlife day in June, the event on September 17 will mark the former airfield’s major role in the landings that were immortalised in the film A Bridge Too Far.

Visitors will be able to stand on the runway on the exact day where, 72 years ago, Dakota planes and Horsa gliders of 233 RAF and 437 RCAF Husky Squadrons left on their fateful mission.

A minute’s silence will be held to remember the aircrew and soldiers who perished.

Volunteer reserve warden and RAF Blakehill Farm historian Vince Povey will take people on a guided walk around the base near Cricklade which is now home to skylarks, kestrels and roe deer.

There will also be a chance to learn about the Cold War nuclear bunker, tour the bomb dump and a display of artefacts found on the site.

Admission is free but places have to be booked. Visit for details.

The event is organised by Wild Connections, a three-year project backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund that aims to help people from different backgrounds learn about and enjoy their local nature and natural heritage.