The museum items are housed
in four original Nissen (Quonset)
huts, three of which have been renovated, and one brick building.
See pictures below and
an overhead view on the MAPS page. The
huts are numbered 1, 2 and 3 and the brick building is the MESS
HALL (canteen, NAAFI).
Part of the 93rd Bomb Group Museum site
viewed from the south.The black-roofed huts are 1, 2, and 3. The
silver hut to the rightis presently unused and the Mess Hall is
to the left but out of shot.
1 - The Mighty Eighth
... displays items of
USAAF memorabilia and artefacts. Many parts on show were recovered
Flying Fortress and B24
Liberator crash sites. The Large items such as engines
and small parts like instruments are on show.
2 - 93rd and RAF Memorial
... displays 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.
3 - 489th Bomb Group
... contains 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 2013.
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
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
There is a collection
of uncatalogued papers.
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 in wheelchairs.
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
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 supervision.
is Fitzroy Pompadour
Fitz's bandana is made
from original USAAF material with genuine badges - it represents
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 the MESS
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!)
from owner Jane granted.)