The Museum ::
Rodney Scrase, 16th May 2015
Spitfire pilot Flight Lieutenant Rodney Scrase DFC, 72 Squadron will be here at the museum on 16th May. He will arrive at around 11am for a signing session, with a break for lunch around 1pm and then a questions-and-answers session in the afternoon. Come along and meet a legend of the skies!
Signing Day, 20th June 2015
The Museum is pleased to announce our next signing event, on Saturday 20th June, at the Ruxley Manor Garden Centre commencing at 10.30hrs.
www.ruxley-manor.co.uk, post code: DA14 5BQ.
This will be an all services event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE day. Those attending are as follows:
Ted Molyneux 38 Sqn RAF
WO Harry Irons. Lancaster rear gunner
Sid Beaver. Lancaster Pilot
F/s Ron Dearman. Dakotas & Ansons
F/O Gerry Abrahams. Lancaster pilot
Flt Lt Rodney Scrase. 72 Sqn Spitfire pilot
John Wray. B24 Liberator Gunner
F/O Maurice Macey. Spitfire Pilot
W/O Joe Cook. Lancaster rear gunner
Lt Keith Quilter. Fleet Air Arm Pilot. Seafires & Corsairs
Rufus Heald. pilot. Spitfires & Tempests
J Bristow. Army, on Gold Beach 1944
P/O Charles McFadden Royal Navy
There will be some more additions once we have confirmed with them.
Once again we are most grateful to to the management at Ruxley Garden Centre for giving us this opportunity to host this event.
We can also announce that due to the popularity of the Spitfire display last year, and due once again to the generosity of the Ruxley management, another Spitfire display is arranged for 11.30hrs.
We will keep you updated as and when we have further veterans agreeing to come.
There will also be a display of classic vehicles and military vehicles.
The Museum and Tearoom are open for the 2015 season from 10 am to 5 pm (last entry 4:30 pm) each Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until the end of October.
Pilots' Day - Commemorative Print
For those who missed our recent Pilots' Day, we have a number of commemorative prints available, costing just £67.50 + £2.50P&P.
You can order one by calling us on 01959 524416.
Prints are signed by the following:
Fl /Lt David Bowker 150 Sqn, Wellington Pilot
Flt Sgt Ron Dearman, Pilot Dakotas & Ansons
Sid Beaver, Lancaster Pilot & Typhoons
W.O. Sam Brookes, Lancaster wireless operator
F.O Maurice Macey Pilot 41 Sqn & 127 Sq Spitfires
Lt Keith Quilter DSC, pilot Royal Navy Seafires & Corsairs
Bob Woods, Short Stirlings
Sidney Pigden, Typhoon pilot
John Waye, B24 Liberator air gunner
LAC Ronald Evans, ground crew 609 sqn Spitfires/Typhoons
F.O Gerry Abrahams, Pilot 75 Sqn Lancasters
W.O. Neville Croucher, Hurricane Pilot 289 Sqn
"Finest Few" Print
We also have a small number of commemorative prints available from our recent "Finest Few" signing day, priced at £35.00, including P&P. Each print is individually signed by Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC, AE, Squadron Leader Nigel Rose AE. If you would like to purchase a print, please call us on 01959 524416.
Private Museum visits for Groups
If you belong to a group, society, association or club and would like a private visit to the Museum over the summer, please call us on 01959 524416. We can offer bookings for weekday afternoons and evenings.
The Shoreham Aircraft Museum was founded in 1978 by local enthusiasts, whose passion for the Battle of Britain period resulted in the establishment of a permanent display in 1988.
The Museum houses hundreds of aviation relics excavated by the group over many years from crashed British and German aircraft, as well as items which have been kindly donated. In addition, there is a fine collection of flying helmets, uniforms and insignia. This, along with a comprehensive display of Home Front memorabilia, ensures a visit to the museum is both enjoyable and educational.
Artefacts are carefully arranged to support items recovered from local 'digs' or local happenings and displays are refined or changed regularly, making a second visit all the more enjoyable.
The Museum has a charming tea room, serving home-made cakes and refreshments that can be enjoyed in the large teagarden. There is also a gallery displaying a range of prints by renowned aviation artist Geoff Nutkins, one of the Museum's founders.
The Museum serves as a lasting tribute to all those airmen who fought in the skies over southern England during World War II.
All the proceeds are used for recovery and preservation of artefacts. Any remaining funds are donated to the RAF Guinea Pig Club, East Grinstead, a charitable organisation for severely burnt Allied airmen of Word War II, and one with which we are proud to have had a long association.