Spies in the Skies: Second World War Aerial Reconnaissance is a major new exhibition at the Impreial War Museum at Duxford, from January to the End of February.

The exxhibition shines a spotlight on the squadrons tasked with flying behind enemy lines to gather intelligence from the air.

The Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (PRU) would operate far behind enemy lines in specialised aircraft. They would often fly unarmed, with their weapons swapped for high-performance cameras.

This winter, discover the incredible stories of the crew and aircraft who gathered crucial information from the war-torn skies of Europe.  Learn the history of RAF aerial reconnaissance and get up close to the PRU’s aircraft, gathered together under one roof.

80% of intelligence gathered in the Second World War came through photographic reconnaissance. The PRU’s work was invaluable to Allied war efforts but came at a great cost, with the unit suffering one of the highest loss ratios of the war.

From the location of the German battleship Tirpitz to the existence of the newly developed V1 Flying Bomb, the information gathered by the PRU was instrumental in the Allied victory.

Combine the exhibition with a luxury relaxing stay at Pringle Farm, just outside Huntingdon, for a perfect and illuminating break – we’ve got some great accommodation offers this month – just get in touch!