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Boxted Airfield Museum

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About

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.

Guide Prices

Admission £3 accompanied children free. No concessions

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Colchester

Road Directions

The nearest railway station is North Station, which is 5 miles away.

Boxted Airfield Museum

Type:Museum

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

Tel: 01206 865275

Opening Times

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