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Boxted Airfield Museum

Boxted Airfield Museum

Details

The museum was officially opened on the 29th May 2011 by Henry Farwell American veteran of the 386th Bomb Group based at Boxted in 1943.

The opening was the result of 10 years fundraising and 4 years construction. The Boxted Airfield Historical Group was formed in 2000. The ground held fly-ins on the airfield between 2002 and 2006 the small profit from these was used to start the fundraising. In 2008 we became a registered charity and applied to the Heritage lottery fund for a grant. We were delighted when they allocated £34,000 for our project. This has funded the exhibition Nissen hut (an original from the airfield that has been restored). A second brand new Nissen hut was funded by our group from a building block fundraising initiative; we use this building as a visitor centre. The museum displays include the nose gearing mechanism from a P47 Thunderbolt, the largest piece of a B26 Marauder in the UK, the WW2 diary of the 386th bomb group, as well as artefacts from the airfield and general WW2 items, as well as the 386th the airfield was home to the 354th fighter group (the first until to fly the merlin engined mustang) and the 56th most famous of the American fighter groups with more kills and more aces than any other group. The only Congressional medal of honour awarded to a fighter pilot flying in Europe was gived to Jim Howard stationed in Boxted. The first American Air Sea rescue squadron was formed at Boxted in 1944. When the war ended the RAF used the base until 1947.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Open on last Sunday of each month, April to September.

Prices

Admission £3 accompanied children free. No concessions

Contact

Richard Turner

01206 865275

Address

Langham Lane,
Langham,
Nr Colchester,
Essex,
CO4 5NW

Location

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Map reference: TM 014311  Lat: 51.94193 Long: 0.92873

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed