The Museum ::
Bomber Boy visit - Sunday 23rd August 2015
The Museum will be delighted to welcome Warrant Officer Harry Irons DFC for both signing and question & answer sessions. Harry served two tours as a tail-gunner with 9 Squadron (Lancasters) and 158 Squadron (Halifaxes). The morning signing session is due to start at approx. 10:30 am and after a lunch break, a Q&A session will follow from 2pm. Entrance to the Museum is £3 (free entry to Museum members and Children 16 & under) and it is £10 per item for signing by Harry. All proceeds from the event will be shared between the RAF Bomber Command Memorial Fund and Museum projects. Please do come along to support this event and have the rare opportunity to hear the remarkable experiences of a Bomber Boy who flew his first operational mission aged just 18.
Battle of Britain 75th anniversary - 10th July - 31st October
The Shoreham Aircraft Museum since it opened in 1988 has maintained a strong focus in remembering the events from the summer of 1940 and in commemoration of that momentous period of Great Britain's history, a regular feature here will present a less well-known Battle of Britain event relating to a Museum exhibit.
August 1940 - Mixed fortunes for "Faces of The Few"
In July 1940, a photographic unit from ‘Fox Photos’ visited RAF Hawkinge and took some iconic pictures of both pilot’s and their Hurricane fighters. Capturing the carefree and cheerful young pilot’s faces in close up, two of these gallant ‘fighter boys’ were Pilot Officer’s Peter Gardner and Keith Gillman, who were already facing the onslaught of Luftwaffe attacks. P/O Gardner was particularly successful in combat having additionally seen action during the Battle of France and in an Air Ministry letter dated 21st August 1940, he was notified of his award of a Distinguished Flying Cross (Gazetted 30/08/40). Tragically on Sunday 25th August, P/O Gillman was shot down over the English Channel off Dover and was never seen again. He was just 19 years old. Peter Gardner continued on operations and was himself shot down over France in July 1941 and taken prisoner. At the end of the war he resumed his RAF career until retiring in 1948 with the rank of Squadron Leader. He sadly passed away in 1984.
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.