453rd Bomb Group Heritage Museum

453rd Bomb Group Heritage Museum This is the home of the 453rd Bomb Group Heritage Museum located on the airfield from which they operated during WWII. This museum is dedicated to the men and women of the 453rd Bomb Group(H) that operated from Old Buckingham Airfield, Station 144, from 1943-1945.

It is curated by James Clarey and Andrew Wilder in their spare time. James is retired RAF and Andrew is active duty USAF.

Hello all, The 453rd Bomb Group Museum continues to grow with many of the displays being updated, and new exhibits added...
11/05/2019

Hello all, The 453rd Bomb Group Museum continues to grow with many of the displays being updated, and new exhibits added, the following photographs reflect the work and time that James puts into the museum to honour the men and women who were based at Station 144, Old Buckenham during WWII. Please come for a visit and soak in the atmosphere on an active former 8th Air Force Airfield, have breakfast or lunch at the popular vintage themed 'Jimmy's Cafe' and learn about the 'Liberator Men Of Old Buck' in our two museums, we are open Thursday to Sunday throughout the year, 10am-4pm. For your SatNsv the address is, 453rd Bomb Group Museum, Old Buckenham Airfield, Abbey Road, Old Buckenham, Atleborough, Norfolk, NR17 1PU. James and I look forward to seeing you.

05/02/2018

453rd Bomb Group Heritage Museum USAAF Weekend 22nd June-24th June 2018, all interested USAAF Living History Groups to contact James at the 453rd BG and 8th Air Force Heritage Gallery for details, exibition space is limited so please book ealy. [email protected]

02/02/2018

The 453rd BG Museum and 8th Air Force Heritage Gallery are open from Thursday to Sunday 0900 until 1600 throughout the year

New addition to the museum. A front-seam fixed-bale M-1 helmet with the early earpiece modification. This helmet was ret...
23/10/2017

New addition to the museum. A front-seam fixed-bale M-1 helmet with the early earpiece modification. This helmet was retrieved in the 1950’s from a dump site near the 735th dispersal area on Old Buckenham. Mega rare. It, unfortunately, features what appears to be flak damage indicating the possible reason why it was discarded.

We updated the flight suit display today so it's better lit and sealed against intruding vermin.
23/09/2017

We updated the flight suit display today so it's better lit and sealed against intruding vermin.

Here are a few photos of the monthly maintenance we do. The leather can often get mold growing on it so must be cleaned ...
10/09/2017

Here are a few photos of the monthly maintenance we do. The leather can often get mold growing on it so must be cleaned and preserved regularly. There are also pictures here of the chapel and line shack. Come see us!

The Eight AF Heritage Gallery is coming along nicely. We got the lights wired and hung in the Mission's End Bar/PX today...
10/09/2017

The Eight AF Heritage Gallery is coming along nicely. We got the lights wired and hung in the Mission's End Bar/PX today. We also hung the 100lb bomb that has been restored to resemble one that hung in the original bar. We'll eventually have the sq number on the bomb and more signage. Love this place.

The other end!
03/09/2017

The other end!

This is a shot from the end of the runway at the airfield this evening. What a special place this is.
03/09/2017

This is a shot from the end of the runway at the airfield this evening. What a special place this is.

17/08/2017

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I did some metal detecting with my daughters on the airfield yesterday. We managed to find two .50 shells, the bottom of...
13/08/2017

I did some metal detecting with my daughters on the airfield yesterday. We managed to find two .50 shells, the bottom of a flare and a piece of hardstand concrete. The concrete has a flat spot that would've been the surface! Super cool. We also found a foil pull-top from a bottle of Ovaltine. I'm not sure if it's wartime but it's neat to pull up something so fragile. I look forward to finding more artefacts for the museum next time!

Panoramic view of the dispersal area
17/06/2017

Panoramic view of the dispersal area

Untitled Album
17/06/2017

Untitled Album

Avile display
17/06/2017

Avile display

Untitled Album
17/06/2017

Untitled Album

Untitled Album
17/06/2017

Untitled Album

453rd Bomb Group Heritage Museum's cover photo
14/06/2017

453rd Bomb Group Heritage Museum's cover photo

453rd Bomb Group Heritage Museum
14/06/2017

453rd Bomb Group Heritage Museum

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Abby Road
Old Buckenham
NR17 1PU

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What does bomber pilot James „Jimmy“ Maitland Stewart have to do with pilot 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey of the B-17 Little Chub? Jimmy Stewart bomber pilot and movie actor was very good friends with pilot 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey. Jimmy Stewart had planned to make a Film together with the pilot 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey After the war, unfortunately it did not come to it, because the pilot 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey of the B-17G "Little Chub", Serial Nr: 42-102446 was shot down by the Swiss Air Force over the Greifensee on April 24, 1944 and died. After the war Jimmy Stewart made the Film "Isn't life wonderful? A beautiful film he dedicated to his good friend 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey. Learn more: www.b17museum.ch/news_e.php
The B-17 Museum Utzenstorf, The-American-Museum in Switzerland, with the history about the American bomber crews / fighter pilots (Swiss - Internees) in Switzerland, 1943 - 1945. The website is newly updated, learn more at: https://www.b17museum.ch/index_e.php
The B-17 Museum Utzenstorf, The-American-Museum in Switzerland, with the history about the American bomber crews / fighter pilots (Swiss - Internees) in Switzerland, 1943 - 1945. The website is newly updated, learn more at: https://www.b17museum.ch/index_e.php
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The B-17 Museum Utzenstorf, The American Museum in Switzerland, with the history about the American bomber crews / fighter pilots (Swiss - Internees) in Switzerland, 1943 - 1945. The website is newly updated, learn more: https://www.b17museum.ch/index_e.php
The B-17 Museum Utzenstorf, Switzerland, wishes you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Excerpt from Diary Christmas 1944 at Wengen, Switzerland by Radio: T/Sgt. George W. Michel, B-24H, Serial No. 42-51106, 8th Air-Force, 392 Bomb Group, 576th Squadron, took off from Wendling and made an emergency landing at Altenrhein after the Munich mission on July 11, 1944, subsequently interned at Wengen, to Diary Excerpt: www.b17museum.ch/index_e.php
The Swiss-Internees Wing-Pin 1943 -1945 The Swiss-Internees Wing-Pin was worn as a souvenir by bomber crews and fighter pilots of the U.S.A.A.F. who were interned in Switzerland in the period 1943-1945. The Swiss-Internees Wing-Pin was manufactured during the war in Neuchâtel by the company Brevete, better known today as Brevete - Paul Kramer - Neuchatel. Because Wing-Pin gave in the versions Adelboden, Davos and Wengen, named After the Swiss-Internees camps for bomber crews and fighter pilots of the U.S.A.A.F. in Switzerland. https://www.b17museum.ch/index_e.php
Isn't life wonderful? Jimmy Stewart bomber pilot and movie actor was very good friends with the pilot 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey. Jimmy Stewart had planned to make a film together with the pilot 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey after the war, but unfortunately it didn't come to this because the pilot 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey was shot down by the Swiss Air Force over the Greifensee on April 24, 1944 by the B-17G "Little Chup", Serial No. 42-102446 and died. After the war Jimmy Stewart made the film "Isn't life wonderful? A wonderful film which he dedicated to 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey.
Isn't life wonderful? Jimmy Stewart bomber pilot and movie actor was very good friends with the pilot 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey. Jimmy Stewart had planned to make a film together with the pilot 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey after the war, but unfortunately it didn't come to this because the pilot 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey was shot down by the Swiss Air Force over the Greifensee on April 24, 1944 by the B-17G "Little Chup", Serial No. 42-102446 and died. After the war Jimmy Stewart made the film "Isn't life wonderful? A wonderful film which he dedicated to 1st Lt Everett L. Bailey.
Thanks guys for a great day at Old Buck March 23rd. It was a pleasure meeting you all. We are gonna get back to you in May sometime (and for the airshow too). I've sent Judy (Stewart) the pictures I took and all of us are grateful to you guys for a fabulous time. (Jim... tell your dear wife that she makes the best bacon rolls!) John & Dawn De Leigh.
Share to Honor the WW2 Fallen - 453rd BG B-24 pilot Endicott Lovell was born 100 years ago today on March 12, 1919. Read about Endicott and his B-17 pilot brother James at: