306th Bombardment Group Museum

306th Bombardment Group Museum, Thurleigh: Address, Phone Number, 306th Bombardment Group Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

306th Bombardment Group Museum

306th Bombardment Group Museum
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This is amazing encapsulation of the airfield and the surrounding area as it was in WWII. It is one of the most impressive memorials to the US aircrew who flew from the UK I have ever visited.
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Jay M
Gilbert, AZ101 contributions
Twelve O'Clock High
Jun 2019
I have not seen this mentioned here, but potential visitors should be interested to know that RAF Thurleigh and the 306th Bombardment Group were the inspiration for the 918th (3 times 306) Bomb Group at "RAF Archbury" (which did not exist) in the novel, the movie with Gregory Peck and the subsequent TV series in the US.
Written 16 December 2019
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paul j
Bedford, UK35 contributions
Well worth a visit.
Sep 2019
Well presented museum not all about the American group British army and land army .the guys here know a lot about it and only to willing to chat .Yes and cakes provided free .On a sunny day lovely place to sit with buzzards kites and kestrals in and around so quiet now and then visits by American ww11 vehicles .
Written 3 October 2019
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DigitalDude2008
Baldock, UK152 contributions
SHOT Down book signing
Aug 2019 • Couples
This museum is a classic hidden gem with a superb collection of WWII memorabilia related to The 306th air operations from Thurleigh. It also has very good displays of Home Front artefacts. The volunteers are so welcoming, informative and can make a very good cup of tea. I was able to meet Steve Snyder the author of the book Shot Down about his father who flew from here. Small but fascinating and well staffed. Highly recommended for WWII history enthusiasts.
Written 25 August 2019
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Alan R
Sandy, UK195 contributions
Medal of Honour
Aug 2019
Only open on weekends. Security at the boom will let you through, turn to the left and follow the signs. The museum is very small but packed with information and trinkets. Its not all about our American cousins either, but has Land army, home guard and a few others such as ARP and warden uniforms. Lots of old items that bring back memories too.
I have never seen a medal of honour before, and am guessing it s real, and the story of the recipient is amazing too. I think this made my day.
No cost to the museum, just a donation and they will make a coffee for you if you want.
Written 4 August 2019
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Angela H
1 contribution
Reopening of musium
May 2019 • Family
Really good reopening over 300 people turned up. Musium well organised staff really helpful. Have done well. Is now open till October. Season opening from March to October open every Sunday. If you wish to visit in week ring 01234 771984 and staff will organise for someone to be there for you
Written 5 May 2019
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141paul
Bedford, UK30 contributions
Sunday
Aug 2018 • Friends
Small museum tho lots in it to see all about the americans who flew from here in B17 bombers during ww11 staff very informative and helpful
Written 21 September 2018
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ukairfields
8 contributions
Wasted journey
Jun 2017 • Couples
Over two hours each way to find it closed without notice today, despite the website saying they are open. Not impressed and doubtful I will both trying to visit again......
Written 18 June 2017
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jennyh0rne
Milton Keynes, UK11 contributions
An hour or so well spent
Apr 2017
The owner of the museum spent time with us during the visit. He gave us lots of facts and information on all the items in his collection. There were loads of items that we hadn't seen in other bigger military museums. It may be tiny but it is jammed packed with all sorts of bits and bobs to do with the unit based there and local history during the WW2 period.

Written 30 April 2017
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Peter M
13 contributions
A small museum with a GREAT BIG HEART
Jul 2016 • Family
Visited on Sunday 17th although not the biggest of museums what you get more than makes up for it. Firstly the welcome you get from the owner Ralph who takes the time to explain about the museum and his passion which brought it about, sadly though, his wife who was also a big part of the museum sadly passed away recently.. When we arrived another couple had arrived at the same time and although you are free to wander at your own speed we were honoured to have a guided tour by Ralph who even took us into an extension which is not yet open but is work in progress. Although this is not the largest of museums it is well laid out and crammed with many items a lot of which you will never see anywhere else. once you get to the Bedford Aerodrome it is quite a long road to the museum but well worth it and very cheap at just £3 each. All I will say now is if you are in the area is "VISIT THIS MUSEUM"
Written 20 July 2016
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Mary S
2 contributions
A US Treasure created by the most wonderful British couple.
Nov 2014 • Friends
My brother and I have visited this museum twice, once in 2009 and again in 2012.
We had a special interest because our Father flew from this base in WWII. He was killed on 15 Dec 1944. The creators, Ralph and Daphne Franklin treated us like their children, even though we had never met. They picked us up at the bus station and arranged a tour of the museum and the ground This small building is a treasure of WWII memories put together by this couple with so much love. It is one of the best War museum I have ever visited. A must see.
Written 13 October 2015
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