Hut 1 - The
items of USAAF memorabilia and artefacts. Many parts on
show were recovered from P51
Flying Fortress and B24
Liberator crash sites. The Large items such as
engines and small parts like instruments are on show.
Hut 2 - 93rd
and RAF Memorial
relating to the 93rd Bomb Group, including original photographs
and documentation. The RAF Memorial Room has uniforms and
parts large and small, including a Lancaster wing
tip and Stirling tailplane.
Hut 3 - 489th
a Red Cross cabinet, an American uniform cabinet and one
containing a B24 liberator original radio operator section
- awesome !
Formerly items relating to the
489th Bomb Group, Halesworth (Holton),
were housed here. Halesworth moved to its own museum
in the winter of 2012.
Building - Mess (Chow) Hall
There were two brick buildings
on the 93rd Bomb Group Museum's site, both
in poor ocndition. One has been used to restore
the other so there is now just one brick building in good
condition. This is the mess hall for visitors
on OPEN DAYS and a reception centre. See
layout on MAPS page.
Mess Hall inside.
Outside on a sunny but overcast (8:8 cloud) day in July
See also MESS
Next to the museum is a private commercial airstrip (Hardwick
Warbirds). One of the original runways (13-31)
of the main site is used as another private airstrip. On
museum open days there are sometimes co-ordinated events
on either airstrip as well as other displays e.g. classic
cars, military vehicles.
These are housed in the buildings
and on OPEN DAYS are displayed outside
if the weather is fine. You can touch and operate
some of the exhibits, such as a hand-cranked siren, or
ride the WWII bicycle.
There is a collection of uncatalogued
There is a collection of
uncatalogued photographs. See also GALLERY.
Everyone is welcome to the 93rd Bomb Group Museum. That
includes children and less able persons, including those
The museum buildings are set
in grass and the ground may be muddy at times. Pushchairs and wheelchairs may
need extra effort. On OPEN
DAYS one of the 93rd Bomb Group Museum's
volouteers will be pleased to help with wheelchairs, buggies,
reading display signs etc.
Visitors need to be aware that
some of the exhibits are of crashed aircraft. TAKE CARE to
avoid injury. Children and animals should be kept under close
This is Fitzroy Pompadour
Fitz's bandana is made from original
USAAF material with genuine badges - it represents his
He has the rank of colonel and
has been on many missions in the WWII re-enactment field. His
home is Mendlesham Airfield, also home of the 34th
Bomb Group, but here he is shown on a friendly mission
to Hardwick which he really enjoyed – especially
He hopes to return next year
in a 1942 Ford GPW jeep (depending on completion of its
restoration!), chauffeur-driven as befits his rank
(oh yeah, and his paws don't reach the steering wheel either!)
(Photos: permission from owner
(Owners' permission granted.)