Visit Essex's Only Long-term Heavy Bomber Base

Visit Essex's Only Long-term Heavy Bomber Base

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Ridgewell Road

Great Yeldham


United Kingdom

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A small, free-to-enter museum, packed with personal stories and exhibits, commemorating a unique Second World War bomber airfield.

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The Ridgewell Airfield Commemorative Museum remembers those who flew from Essex's only long-term heavy bomber base.

Housed in an original, wartime Nissen hut that formed part of the airfield's former hospital, it tells a remarkable story.

Home to both the RAF's 90 Squadron and US Eighth Air Force's 381st Bomb Group, Ridgewell hosted Britain's first four-engine bomber - the Short Stirling - and one of the Second World War's most iconic aircraft - the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.

For 30 months, nearly 350 combat operations were launched from Ridgewell. Over 1,500 airmen were lost. All are now remembered here.

Learn about those who called RAF Ridgewell home, and the stories of some who never returned. You won't forget them.

Donations welcome.

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