Twinwood Aviation Museum

Twinwood Aviation Museum Aviation museum covering the second World War and World War 1 with displays on the RAF and 8th USAAF along with the Home Front. We have several engines recovered from aircraft crash sites along with their unique and often poignant story's.
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Located on the former World War 11, Royal Air Force Night Fighter training station RAF Twinwood Farm, now the home of the Glenn Miller Museum and annual festival of Jazz and Swing held every August Bank Holiday weekend. The Twinwood Aviation Museum is housed in the original Flight Office building, thanks to the generosity of Mr.David Wooding and Twinwood Events Ltd. The museum is funded and maintained solely by volunteers who are aviation enthusiasts and dedicated to the cause of preserving our aviation heritage for future generations. The museum was founded in January 2003, but the members have many years experience in the field of aviation archaeology and research. The main activity of the museum involves the research, location and when feasible recovery of crashed military aircraft of historical importance from the Second World War. The history of each aircraft is researched via U.S. Air Force and Air Ministry documents and reports from which an account and often poignant story of the aircraft and crew may be built up. On the location of a crash site and after obtaining permission from the land owner and a licence from the Ministry of Defence (A legal requirement under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986) We are then able to locate with the aid of sophisticated metal detectors any remains of the aircraft and then excavate the site. Through the exhibition of such items we aim to create a museum of interest for all ages which can not only be entertaining but educational. We also aim to preserve the memory of those who fought and flew in these aircraft during the war, and to remember the thousands who made the supreme sacrifice by giving their lives to secure our freedom. It is also our aim to illustrate the work of the groundcrews who worked in all weather conditions to prepare arm and maintain the aircraft providing the necessary equipment to ensure victory.

Mission: To preserve and conserve our World War 11, aviation heritage for future generations and to inform and educate all ages in an informal manner not only aviation aspects of the Second World War but the role of the Home Front.

The displays are slowly taking shape but we are about eight weeks behind schedule and we still do not know if the museum...
24/05/2020

The displays are slowly taking shape but we are about eight weeks behind schedule and we still do not know if the museum will be open this year.

It has been eight long weeks since any work has been carried out at the museum due to the Covid-19 panademc.This week mu...
24/05/2020

It has been eight long weeks since any work has been carried out at the museum due to the Covid-19 panademc.
This week museum member Paul White went over and following strict isolation started to repair the main entrance doors to the museum which are original to the building.

Museum member Robert has been busy at home cleaning some Lancaster parts for a planned new display.He has just finished ...
28/04/2020

Museum member Robert has been busy at home cleaning some Lancaster parts for a planned new display.
He has just finished cleaning a Glycol tank thermostat from Lancaster Bomber ND906 which was attached to 7 Squadron, Path Finders at RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire. The aircraft was lost while on a training flight on the 5th May 1944 with the sad loss of all crew.

28/04/2020

Sadly due to the Covid-19 outbreak we are still unable to progress with our projects at the museum and we are at present uncertain when the museum will be permitted to open to the public again. We will update our Face Book followers once we have further information.
Please keep safe and we hope to see you soon.

Diagram showing the location of the Lancaster Bombers Strut Locking Mechanism.
14/04/2020

Diagram showing the location of the Lancaster Bombers Strut Locking Mechanism.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we at the museum are social isolating but fear not work on the museums future displays carr...
12/04/2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we at the museum are social isolating but fear not work on the museums future displays carries on. Museum member Robert Allen has spent six hours cleaning this piece of Packard Merlin 38 crankcase along with the locking mechanism from the Lancaster Bombers main undercarriage. There is still a little bit more work to be done on both exhibits before they can be varnished. (You can still see areas of corrosion which must be removed or it will slowly disintegrate.

Stirling Bomber main wheel.
10/04/2020

Stirling Bomber main wheel.

Sadly due to the lockdown situation nothing's really happening at the museum so members have no option but to help thing...
10/04/2020

Sadly due to the lockdown situation nothing's really happening at the museum so members have no option but to help things progress by cleaning recovered items at home in there various workshops. Here are a few items currently being cleaned recovered from a RAF Lancaster Bomber.

Twinwood Aviation Museum's cover photo
04/04/2020

Twinwood Aviation Museum's cover photo

Remember everyone do your bit and stay at home.
04/04/2020

Remember everyone do your bit and stay at home.

Twinwood Aviation Museum's cover photo
30/03/2020

Twinwood Aviation Museum's cover photo

30/03/2020

Sadly due to the Covid-19 outbreak like everyone else we are seriously restricted on what we can actually do at this present time. Everyone at the museum sends their best wishes to all our Facebook followers and we will see you all again once this dark cloud has passed.

Twinwood Aviation Museum's cover photo
25/03/2020

Twinwood Aviation Museum's cover photo

Like everyone in the UK we are all suffering due to the terrible outbreak of the Coronavirus.  Today we only had two mem...
22/03/2020

Like everyone in the UK we are all suffering due to the terrible outbreak of the Coronavirus. Today we only had two members in attendance working in separate areas of the museum following social isolation. We are trying to get as much work completed as possible but it is looking increasingly likely that the museums re opening will be severely delayed due to the Coronavirus.
Today the RAF Bomb had its first coat of paint over the red oxide along with its fin and the mannequins in the ground crew display were partially dressed in there respective uniforms representing both the RAF and USAAF.

We had an excellent working weekend at the museum with more jobs ticked off the ever growing list of things to be done. ...
15/03/2020

We had an excellent working weekend at the museum with more jobs ticked off the ever growing list of things to be done. Today Museum member Lorraine Morris rubbed down the British 1000 lb bomb and fin and gave it a good coating with red oxide ready to be painted in its original paint scheme. The bomb will form part of the display in the new ground crew exhibition which will pay tribute to those in the RAF and USAAF who kept the aircraft in the air refueled serviced armed and bombed up in all weather conditions.

Last weekend we managed to get a lot of important jobs finished.We have now finished re painting Mick's 1940's house and...
14/03/2020

Last weekend we managed to get a lot of important jobs finished.
We have now finished re painting Mick's 1940's house and everything is now back in position and looking great.
A big thank you to Phoenix Glass Northampton for delivering the glass which has now been fitted into the new display cabinets. We have just a few more little jobs to do and then we can start to dress the new display cabinet. The theme for the new display will be Ground Crews which will cover RAF and USAAF personnel.
A big thank you to Paul,Sue,Lorraine,Brian,Nigel,Sandra and Robert.

A big thank you to all the museum volunteers today for all your hard work today.Mick's 1940's house had its final coat o...
01/03/2020

A big thank you to all the museum volunteers today for all your hard work today.
Mick's 1940's house had its final coat of floor paint and we started to stack the sand bags in the new display room.
Unfortunately the glass which we ordered for the new display cabinet still has not arrived.
We finished painting the ground crew 1 Ton trolly and finished cleaning the Pegasus engine crankshaft from Hampden P1305. Thanks to
Lorraine,Brian,Ade.Ian.Paul and Robert.

We had a good day at the museum today and got a number of jobs finished including giving the new display room its final ...
23/02/2020

We had a good day at the museum today and got a number of jobs finished including giving the new display room its final coat of floor paint. It looks great now.
We have ordered the glass and hope to fit this next weekend all being well.
A big thank you to Mark,Paul,Sue,Lorraine,Brian and Robert for all your hard work today.
Hope museum members Nigel and Sandra feel better soon.

A big thank you to Adam Hawkings, for kindly delivering to the museum two IKEA cabinets to be used in the museum.Many th...
16/02/2020

A big thank you to Adam Hawkings, for kindly delivering to the museum two IKEA cabinets to be used in the museum.
Many thanks for the generous donation.

Storm Dennis hit the airfield over the weekend but thankfully it was mostly rain with the wind nowhere near as strong as...
16/02/2020

Storm Dennis hit the airfield over the weekend but thankfully it was mostly rain with the wind nowhere near as strong as last weekend's storm.
We had a very productive day with Mark fitting the new LED lights in the new display room and further floor painting tasks being undertaken including Mick's 1940's house.

Museum member Nigel touched up the Clarkters paint work and gave her a little clean.
The new display room is looking really good with the floor requiring another coat of paint, glass to be fitted then we can start putting the display together.

A big thank you to Mark,Paul,Nigel,Sandra and Robert for all your work today.

It was a rather Blustery and wet day with several members unable to attend today due to fallen trees and debri from the ...
09/02/2020

It was a rather Blustery and wet day with several members unable to attend today due to fallen trees and debri from the gales. We did not escape the storm here completely with a large branch crashing onto one of the former RAF Billets.
A big thank you to Brian,Lorraine,Paul and Robert for making it to the museum today in very difficult conditions.
Plenty got done including painting the new display room floor, repainting the outside of the 1940's house and finishing off filling the sandbags today. Cheers everyone.

A very nice new edition to the museums 8th USAAF display a 92nd Bombardment Group 327th Bombardment squadron patch. The ...
06/02/2020

A very nice new edition to the museums 8th USAAF display a 92nd Bombardment Group 327th Bombardment squadron patch. The unit was based at Podington airfield during the war.
"Fames Favored Few"

It is hard to believe but four years ago today we lost our good friend and fellow aviation enthusiast Paul Knight after ...
02/02/2020

It is hard to believe but four years ago today we lost our good friend and fellow aviation enthusiast Paul Knight after a short illness. Paul was a schoolboy during the War and visited many air bases making friends with the Yanks and this friendship continued well after the War and many of the veterans corresponded with Paul and often visited him and Paul would fly them over their former air bases like Grafton Underwood, Deenethorpe. Paul is greatly missed by us all and is never far from our hearts.

Twinwood Aviation Museum's cover photo
02/02/2020

Twinwood Aviation Museum's cover photo

We had a busy time at the museum today.   Museum member Sue, switched her attention to cleaning the crankshaft recovered...
02/02/2020

We had a busy time at the museum today. Museum member Sue, switched her attention to cleaning the crankshaft recovered from Hampden P1305 which crashed at Melchbourne, Beds, while further painting jobs were tackled by museum members Paul and Robert.
Members Lorraine and Brian started to fill the sandbags recently donated ready to be used in a new display.

We still had time to give museum member Lorraine her first run on the Clarkter Tug. You can see by her smile that she loved it.

On Saturday representatives of the museum attended the 83rd meeting of the British Aviation Archaeological Council at th...
02/02/2020

On Saturday representatives of the museum attended the 83rd meeting of the British Aviation Archaeological Council at the fabulous Newark Air Museum.
It was a very informative meeting with some really interesting delegates from other museums from around the country.
Its always great to meet up with fellow enthusiasts.

It was a proper frosty start to the day on the airfield but bright and sunny if somewhat cold.We got plenty accomplished...
19/01/2020

It was a proper frosty start to the day on the airfield but bright and sunny if somewhat cold.
We got plenty accomplished today including painting tasks sorting out the donated sandbags and giving the Clarkter Tug its weekly run out.
Work also continues on the Bristol Hercules engines from Wellington Bomber LP265 and the cleaning job by member Sue is amazing. Only one more to clean.
A big thank you to museum members Paul,Nigel,Sue,Lorraine,Brian and Robert.

Today was our first day back after Christmas and New Year. Time to work off those extra pounds put on over Christmas.It ...
12/01/2020

Today was our first day back after Christmas and New Year. Time to work off those extra pounds put on over Christmas.
It was great to get back to work and we quickly set about the various tasks awaiting us.
Thanks to Nigel,Paul, Lorraine,Brian and Robert for all your hard work today.
We gave the Clarkter Tug a run out after its break and it ran lovely. Museum member Nigel gave Brian a ride around the site quickly followed by Paul.
Great fun.

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12/01/2020

Twinwood Aviation Museum's cover photo

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30/12/2019

Twinwood Aviation Museum's cover photo

On the morning of December 31st 1943, 2nd Lieutenant John Walter Crago, was scheduled to fly with other aircraft from th...
30/12/2019

On the morning of December 31st 1943, 2nd Lieutenant John Walter Crago, was scheduled to fly with other aircraft from the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group from their temporary base at RAF Wittering to their Group's home at RAF Kings Cliffe, for a operational mission briefing.
Since the arrival of the 20th Fighter Group at Kings Cliffe, due to the lack of accommodation and facilities the 55th FS was temporarily stationed at nearby RAF Wittering airfield while building work was in progress.

At 08.15Hrs. Lt. Crago took off from RAF Wittering in P-38J 42-67489. While taking off in the early morning darkness unknown to him his aircraft's nose wheel struck something in the darkness, he attempted to raise his undercarriage without any success.
He called "Church Path" on his radio the call sign for "Kings Cliffe" flying control, stating he could not get his landing gear up and requested that the tower shoot flares.
He reported seeing the flares and requested permission to buzz the tower so that his landing gear could be checked.
As Lt. Crago approached the tower, smoke could be seen from his left engine.
Flying control instructed all other aircraft to stay clear of the airfield and gave Lt.Crago priority to land.

Interference from other aircraft ground checking their radio transmitters made it difficult to keep in contact with the damaged P-38.
Captain. McLary flying another P-38 called Lt. Crago but his transmission was garbled but he called the tower to inform them that he would take care of the aircraft in distress.

The tower then called Lt.Crago to inform him that he had lost his nose wheel, however his engine had began to smoke very badly as he flew over the tower.
No further radio transmissions could be made to Lt. Crago.
At 08.25 Hrs. the airfield controller at Kings Cliffe reported that the aircraft had spun in and the crash truck and ambulance had been dispatched to the scene.

The P-38 Lightning had crashed into a grass meadow at Woodnewton and burst into flames instantly killing its pilot.
It appears that damage was caused to the aircraft's nose wheel, left engine or oil radiators or both on take off which the pilot was not aware of.
A sudden stoppage of the left engine resulted in the P-38 going into a spin which the pilot was unable to recover from.

Today on the 76th Anniversary of this tragedy we remember
Lt. John Walter Crago.

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30/12/2019

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On behalf of the museum we would like to wish our Facebook followers and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New ...
24/12/2019

On behalf of the museum we would like to wish our Facebook followers and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you all for your continued support and wonderful comments and we look forward to seeing you all when we re open in 2020.

Twinwood Aviation Museum's cover photo
24/12/2019

Twinwood Aviation Museum's cover photo

We had a good day at the museum doing a few jobs before Christmas.Work is going well on the new displays and new exhibit...
22/12/2019

We had a good day at the museum doing a few jobs before Christmas.
Work is going well on the new displays and new exhibition room. Thanks to museum members Nigel,Paul,Mark and Robert for all your hard work today.

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Glenn Miller Museum Twinwood Road, Clapham
Bedford
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General information

The Twinwood Aviation Museum is just one of the collections located at the Glenn Miller Museum. The Glenn Miller Museum is currently only open on Sundays. The Museum is open from May 2010 10.30 am to 16.30 up until Oct 2019. (The Museum can also be viewed on Saturdays by pre-arranged appointment for Groups) Please note that during the Festival and other events entry is restricted to event ticket holders only. If in doubt please telephone: 01923 282725 Admission Adults £5 Children 16 years and under free.

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Located on the former World War 11, Royal Air Force Night Fighter training station RAF Twinwood Farm, now the home of the Glenn Miller Museum and annualTwinwood festival held every August Bank Holiday weekend. The Twinwood Aviation Museum is housed in the original Flight Office building, thanks to the generosity of Mr.David Wooding and Twinwood Events Ltd. The museum is funded and maintained solely by volunteers who are aviation enthusiasts and dedicated to the cause of preserving our 1939 - 1945 aviation heritage for future generations. The museum was founded in January 2003, but the members have been collecting artefacts both aviation and Home Front for many years. One of the museums activitys involves the research, location and when feasible recovery of crashed military aircraft of historical importance from the Second World War. The history of each aircraft is researched via U.S. Air Force and Air Ministry documents and reports from which an account and often poignant story of the aircraft and crew may be built up. On the location of a crash site and after obtaining permission from the land owner and a licence from the Ministry of Defence (A legal requirement under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986) We are then able to locate with the aid of sophisticated metal detectors any remains of the aircraft and then excavate the site. Through the exhibition of such items we aim to create a museum of interest for all ages which can not only be entertaining but educational. We also aim to preserve the memory of those who fought and flew in these aircraft during the war, and to remember the thousands who made the supreme sacrifice by giving their lives to secure our freedom. It is also our aim to illustrate the work of the groundcrews who served and worked in all weather conditions to prepare arm and maintain the aircraft providing the necessary equipment to ensure victory.

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