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Langham   Boxted Airfield Museum Opening 29 May 2011

  

Henry Farwell, left, opened the Boxted Airfield Museum. He was a tail-gunner in a B-26 Marauder, similar to the one on the right, which joined him on this day. The tail of the Marauder was still intact enough to see the gunner's position, cramped behind some armour plate. The tail section had a number of patched bullet holes.

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YOU TUBE BOXTED AIRFIELD MUSEUM OPENING DAY 29TH MAY 2011

 

The Boxted Airfield Historical Group had worked long and hard for this day, and the meticulous preparation was evident upon arrival; flags flying, parking organised and everything tidied away!

 

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A suitable addition to air memorabilia was a couple of U.S. Army vehicles, in this case an air-portable truck. The owner, dapper in U.S. uniform, showed pictures of the truck broken down for air movement. The other vehicle was a White Half Track.

 

 

 

The Marauder rear-section was brought in on a flat-bed pulled by a tractor! The cramped rear fuselage was evident, as was the thinness of the aluminium, save for the gunner's area, where it was a little more robust. The 'star-and-bars' looks like a 1943 pattern to me.

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Henry Farwell and Peter Potter, another air gunner from the war, this time in Wellingtons and Lancasters, look into the Marauder fuselage for a photoshoot!

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M.P. Bob Russell, raised in nearby Mile End, inspects the display boards, left, as Bob Schofield brings in oldest resident Laura Smerdon, 96, to view the exhibits. On the right the guests and media prepare for the opening ceremony.

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Henry Farwell pulls the US flag aside to reveal the plaque, left, after a few words from Bob Russell, centre. On the right the veterans confer on times past.

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The plaque having been unveiled by Henry Farwell a minute earlier.

 
 

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