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We are always grateful for donations sent to us by individuals and organisations who recognise our efforts  to keep alive the history and aviation heritage of Martlesham Heath. Three times in recent months we have received donations from the group who represent the 357th Fighter Group who were at Leiston. Famously nicknamed “the Yoxford Boys” by Lord Haw Haw. The latest donation is for £150. We are most grateful to them.

Recently we also received a donation of £1000 from the DC Moncrieff Charitable Trust for specific improvements to the Control Tower museum display. Once again, our sincere thanks.

On Friday, 1st July we were visited by members of the Cambridge Flying Group andMike Derrett from the Group generously donated a flight in a Tiger Moth. Our member, Keith Slaughter won the draw.               

They will also be donating a flight worth £200 in our Open Day draw

 



























 

On 16 January 1917 the Royal Flying Corps officially established their first experimental establishment – creating an airfield at Martlesham Heath.

That date marks the start of the large scale inhabitation of Martlesham Heath for both working and living, to what we have today.

The 16th is the date Martlesham Heath celebrated its 100th birthday. This is why Peter Davies set up MH100 and a team of enthusiastic supporters to tell the story. On BBC Radio Suffolk listeners all about the last one hundred years on Lesley Dolphin’s lunchtime show on Monday 16th January. You can listen to Peter's interview for the next 28 days on the BBC’s iPlayer – it starts about 29 minutes in.

He highlighted Martlesham Heath’s strong association with research and development – firstly with the Royal Flying Corps, then with the Royal Air Force and later with BT’s Adastral Park and also the innovative ‘new village’ development.... making the history of Martlesham Heath one of the most unusual villages in East Anglia.

MH100 decided that Martlesham Heath deserved a Birthday Cake! An excellent cake was made and kindly donated by Duncans Bakery of 16–18 The Square, Martlesham Heath.

On the afternoon of the 16th afternoon a number of MH100 and MHAS (Martlesham Heath Aviation Society) members met at the Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum to cut the cake and mark the occasion. They, with many others - including local Schools and the University of Suffolk, Businesses and local people - are working together to ensure that the celebrations continue, culminating in a Special Weekend Event on 8th and 9th July. To find out more - look at the MH100 website www.MH100.org.uk. where you will also find a Facebook page connection.



Photos courtesy

John Cooper.

Our museum manager, Ian Lisseman, together with Howard King, our publicity manager and Ray Hooper of the MH100 organising committee attended an event at the Woodbridge Community Centre in March. The event was organised  to promote local groups. The July centenary celebrations will soon be upon us.

Ray Hooper and Howard King are shown here manning the stand

The subject of our meeting on Friday, 7th April was, "Pistol Packing Momma - The Story of a Parham B17, "Flying Fortress." A dvd was introduced by Tim Brett from the Parham Air Museum. Tim was accompanied by his wife, Julie and he began by telling the audience that the 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Parham between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe.

He read excerpt from letters written by crew members. They gave a flavour of desperately dangerous days. The dvd was then shown and it depicted most vividly the horrors of daylight attacks over heavily defend Germany.

Only five days after the 390th Bomb Group became operational it was ordered to attack the heavily defended Messerschmitt aircraft complex at Regensburg. This was a shuttle mission, with the bombers landing at bases in North Africa. In October of that year they attacked the ball bearing factory at Scheinfurt in one of the bloodiest missions of the war. For both of these missions the group received the  Distinguished Unit Citation.

In over 300 missions, they dropped more than 19,000 tons of bombs. They lost 176 aircraft and 714 airmen were killed in action.

Parham Airfield Museum is open Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from now until the last Sunday in October between 11am and 5pm.

A vote of thanks was given by our vice-president, Robert Dunnett.


The movie actor James Cagney pictured with “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, One of the B17’s at Parham.

The legendary Glenn Miller orchestra also visited and played at Parham.