To mark the 75th anniversary of Boxted Airfield, near Colchester, events will be held this May & June to commemorate the arrival of the first Americans at the airfield and the arrival of the first Marauders of 386th BG. One of the events in June will see the launch of a display of photos of the airfield buildings in the war comparing them with the surviving buildings. This display will be portable and designed to last beyond this event so it will not be confined to the museum but can be taken to different venues. An HLF grant will also finance development packs for schools and interested groups.
Understandably good quality photos from the period are not easy to locate – those involved are currently looking through images of the 386BG, 56 FG, and 354FG. They’re particularly looking for photos that include views of buildings either internally or externally. In particular, there is a blister hangar on the far side of the airfield which in the war contained a gunnery practice rig for Marauders. They are looking for photos of such a rig that could be used alongside their photo of the building today – in this instance it would not matter where it was taken. All images will be acknowledged and useful contact details are also welcome.
Details of the planned events can be found on the museum’s website at www.boxted-airfield.com