Located on the former RAF Night Fighter Training Station, Twinwood Farm, close to the restored “Watch Office” and “Glenn Miller” Museum, housed in a section of the old Flight Office building, which was used as a Lecture Room, is the “Twinwood Aviation Museum”.
The museum is funded maintained and staffed solely by volunteers who are aviation enthusiasts and dedicated to the cause of preserving our aviation heritage for future generations.
The museum was founded in January 2003, but the members have many years experience in the field of aviation archaeology and research.
The main activity of the museum involves the research, location and when feasible recovery of crashed military aircraft of historical importance from the Second World War.
The Museum is a registered member of the British Aviation Archaeological Council.
The history of each aircraft is researched via U.S. Air Force and Air Ministry documents and reports from which an account and often poignant story of the aircraft and crew may be built up.
On the location of a crash site and after obtaining permission from the landowner and a licence from the Ministry of Defence
(A legal requirement under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986) we are then able to locate with the aid of a sophisticated scanner any remains of the aircraft and then excavate the site.
The Twinwood Aviation Museum is not a collection of aircraft but of smaller items illustrating the more personnel aspects of our aviation history and the “Home Front”.
The Museum holds a large collection of RAF and U.S.A.A.F. uniforms and equipment along with artefacts recovered from German and Allied aircraft crash sites.
The Museum also has a section dedicated to 51 Operational Training Unit, the night fighter training unit based at RAF Twinwood Farm and RAF Cranfield.
Other displays include a unique collection of exhibits relating to the 339th Fighter Group, 8th U.S.A.A.F. who were based at Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire.
Can You Help?
The museum is always keen to hear of any information relating to aircraft crash sites, perhaps the details you may have could lead us to our next recovery project and new exhibition in the museum.
We would be delighted to document any eyewitness accounts of such incidents, it is important that these sites are recorded for future generations.
Naturally the museum is always looking for new items of memorabilia, photographs and documents for display and we would be delighted to accept any items on loan or permanent donation.
We would be pleased to receive your comments on the museum and any suggestions on how we can make your visit more enjoyable just pop into the museum or call any of the contacts on this site
Once again many thanks for your support in helping us to preserve our aviation heritage for future generations.
A varied display of items including Gas Masks, ration books and working air raid siren, gives the visitor an insight into the horrors and hardships faced by the families at home.
Take a peek inside our 1940’s house and be prepared to be transported back to a typical family home during the war.
The displays are constantly being updated and there is always something new for the visitor to see.
Through the exhibition of such items we aim to create a museum of interest for all ages.
We also aim to preserve the memory of those who flew and fought in these aircraft during the war and to remember the thousands who made the supreme sacrifice by giving their lives to secure our freedom.
It is also our aim to illustrate the work of the ground crews who worked in all weather conditions to prepare and maintain the aircraft providing the necessary equipment to ensure victory.