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US 389th Bomb Group Gala Opening Day

Sunday 9th June

Philip Yaxley Published: 01 June 2024

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The United States 389th Bomb Group Memorial Museum at Hethel will hold its annual Gala Opening Day on Sunday 9 June (10am-4pm) – and it promises to be better than ever. The buildings which house the museum, including the chapel, formed part of the base from which B24 Liberators of the 389th Bomb Group of the Second Air Division of the US 8th Army Air Force flew many missions in World War Two over Nazi Germany and occupied France.

With much work undertaken in the Winter, there will be some new fascinating exhibits, particularly some on permanent loan. All the displays have been beautifully arranged. Photos, uniforms, even the likes of cigarette packets, cutlery and much more tell the story of the Yanks’ years at Hethel. On the day too there will be a variety of stalls ranging from vintage clothing to militaria, as well as those of various aviation groups, a model aeroplane group and the Royal British Legion. Classic cars and vintage military vehicles will be on view outside in addition to a falconry display. The popular City of Norwich Pipe Band will entertain.

Refreshments, including the usual delicious home-made cakes and snacks, can be enjoyed in the tearoom, while a burger van will be in attendance. Admission for the day will be £5 (cash please) a car.

Gazebos and old war vehicles in field with people milling about

HOW TO GET THERE: From the A11 Wymondham bypass take the exit signposted Mulbarton and Lotus Cars. Follow the signs for Lotus. Turn into Potash Lane and continue past the entrance to Lotus Cars and after 200 yards turn right into the woods and follow the old airfield road through the woods, then at the end of the road turn right to the museum.

For any queries please go to the museum's website or ring Fred Squires on 07814 098970 or 01953 798774.

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