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Museum News and Events

This section provides you with information, News and upcoming events relating to
Wattisham Station Heritage Museum

11th November 2014 Remembrance Service
For all those who could not make it to our annual Service of Remembrance please see the video extracts above.
BFBS Radio at Wattisham Station Heritage

Sharon Robson a reporter from BFBS (British Forces Radio) came to Wattisham Station Heritage on the 30th September to interview Maggie Aggiss about the changes over the years at Wattisham Station.

Also Keith Rimmer another of WSH members about an exciting new project to make a documentary  about Wattisham and Wattisham Station depicting the changing face of Wattisham Station  since its construction in 1939 up until the present time.

The main focus of the documentary is to educate the younger generations in the historic events that took place at Wattisham and to provide a lasting historical record.

In the production of this documentary we intend to make a factual and entertaining film, if any one reading this has any information, pictures or stories which they think might be worthy of inclusion then we would love to hear from you, please contact us in the first instance by clicking HERE

Click on the video below to hear what they had to say
(the audio is reproduced with the kind permission of BFBS Radio, go to our Museum Links page to visit their web site)

Visitors from the United States of America

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On the 19th September 2014,
Wattisham Station Heritage was pleased to open our museum for a private visit from Richard and Wendy Hendricksons who had travelled from the United States of America to see where Richards father served during the Second World War.

We are always pleased to welcome family and friends of those who served here at Wattisham Station.



Lt Robert Hendrickson was a pilot with the 434th Fighter Squadron of the 479th Fighter Group.
He was an ace pilot who was decorated with the Amercian Medal, 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the DFC.
Lt Hendrickson, flew both the P-38 Locheed Lightning and the P-51 Mustang during his period of service
at Watttisham Station 377 (as it was named during the USAAF presence) during 1944.



Extract from Lt Hendricksons Log Book, he had a locket of his wife's hair with him.

Watch a short video of their visit below

Vulcan and Lancaster's Fly Past

The 21st August 2014 was a very special day for Wattisham Station Heritage and one that we will remember for a very long time.  Several months ago one of our committee members Callum Mclean made a request to the The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAFBBMF) to be considered for a Fly Past of the only two airworthy Lancaster Bombers in the world one being the British Lancaster 'City of Lincoln' named 'Thumper' PA474  http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/  and the other belongs to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Hamilton, Ontario Canada, named 'Vera' FM213  http://www.warplane.com/

He was delighted to be told that the fly past had been approved and scheduled for the 21st August 2014, as if this was not exciting enough WSH was then informed that as both the Lancasters and the Avro Vulcan were to display at the Clacton air show on the same day that the Avro Vulcan would make a fly past first then be followed by the
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight plus the Canadian Lancaster, WSH was elated.

WSH would like to say a big thank you to the Army Air Corps for their co-operation and allowing this memorable and historic fly past to take place over Wattisham Airfield and to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and to Vulcan to the Sky http://www.vulcantothesky.org/
for making it happen and last but by no means least to Callum Mclean for all his hard work in requesting the fly past.

WSH would like to share the event with you through the following pictures and video and look forward to seeing you all on a museum visit  soon.

D-Day
What role did Wattisham play?

Click Here or on the flag to find out

Wattisham Station gets a NEW Gate Guard

 

                         Old gate guard Scout AH.1 XT617          New gate guard Gazelle AH.1, XX380

Westland Scout AH.1 XT617 has served as gate guardian for many years after the Army Air Corps took possession of Wattisham Station, but on the 22nd of May 2014 after some restoration work and a new shiny paint job a Westland Gazelle AH.1, XX380 took up residence as the new gate guard here at Wattisham Station.

With the expert help of Lee Rofix who made the aircraft ready to be moved and 3 Regiment REME Army Air Corps Scout
XT617 was lifted off its base and onto a flatbed truck then transported to the northern part of the airfield to take up residence at Wattisham Station Heritage H.A.S. workshop to undergo a little restoration and a spruce up.

Then it was the turn of Westland Gazelle AH.1, XX380 to be lifted and transported to the main gate to take up residence as Wattishams NEW gate guard.

Watch a slide show below showing the process unertaken by 3 Regiment REME Army Air Corps to relocate the aircraft.

Lynx MK7 XZ605 Arrives at Wattisham



   
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The long awaited acquisition of a Lynx MK7 was worth the wait as on the 28th April 2014 XZ605 arrived on the back of a low loader from Middle Wallop where this Lynx was taken ot of service.

See the video below

Westland Gazelle AH 1 XX444

   
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Westland Gazelle AH.1: XX444 has been moved into our HAS workshops to begin the restoration process after which this aircraft will join our other aircraft on static display.

A Gulf War Veteran Returns to Wattisham

 
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We are very excited about the imminent arrival at Wattisham Station Heritage Museum of a Lynx Mk7 XZ605 helicopter which when reassembled will take its place on display with our other aircraft.

She will be collected from Middle Wallop on 28th April where final preparation for transportation is nearing completion and if all goes according to plan she should be here on the 29th April.

74 Squadron Ground Crew Reunion 22nd February 2014

Wattisham Station Heritage Museum was pleased to be asked by 74 Squadron Ground Crew to hold a reunion they came to see our newly restored Phantom FGR2 XT914 in its H.A.S. (Hardened Aircraft Shelter).  
This very aircraft was one of those which this group last worked on when in service with the RAF here at Wattisham in the 1990's before 74 Squadron left Wattisham in 1992.

We are quite unique here at Wattisham for being the only place in the UK where you can see an original Phantom FGR2 XT914 in its H.A.S. as it would have been during the cold war years.

After recounting some of their service experiences they then visited our museum followed by dinner in the Officers Mess, a good day was had by all. Click HERE to visit 74 Squadron Association

In the Officers Mess hangs a picture signed by 74 Squadron at their Phantom Farewell Dinner on the 1st October 1992.


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Click to enlarge 74 Squadron pictures

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Museum is Now Open for 2014

Wattisham Station Heritage Museum opened its doors for the first visitors of 2014, the museum and the H.A.S have had a facelift with new layouts and display stands to aid our visitors, we look forward to welcoming many more visitors this year.

   

   
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We have added a new page on our web site called Obituaries to remember all those who have served at Wattisham Station.
Click HERE to view the page.

Final Touches for Start of the 2014 Season

     


Final construction of new display cabinets taking place in the museum prior to the opening on the
2nd February being the first Sunday opening of our 2014 season, please use the booking form to book
your visit.

A Rare Outing for our Aircraft

Recently we were asked by 664 Squadron of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps to display the museums restored Phantom XT914 and Hunter XG194 at their Families Day, it is an open day held for the families of the regiments service personnel prior to there upcoming deployment.

We were very pleased for the opportunity to display our two restored aircraft in one of the large aircraft hangers on the main base, the army sent a team of aircraft handlers to our H.A.S. to collect one at a time our aircraft.   The movement took place in the late afternoon just as the sun was setting which presented us with the perfect opportunity to take some photographs of the operation which you can see below.

The Wattisham Station Heritage team would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you to our museum in 2014.

       

Getting the Museum ready for 2014

Our last public Sunday visit was on the 3rd November but we won't be putting our feet up for long, there is a lot of work to be carried out behind the scenes, new display cases are to be constructed, items to store away, a Hunter to wax and polish.
A Phantom restoration to try and complete, oh and a Lynx to be re-assembled for display! yes you did read this correctly we will have a new exhibit to display in 2014.
For your diary our first Sunday opening will be on February 2nd 2014, we look forward to seeing you at Wattisham click HERE to book a visit.

Service of Remembrance on the 10th November 2013


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SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE

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The annual Service of Remembrance to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty will be held at the Wattisham World War 2 memorial, Ringshall on the 10th November 2013.
The service will begin at 10:45am and end at approximately 11:30am.

If you would like to join us to pay your respects you would be very welcome.

Click HERE to see a map of the location


 
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