389th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibition


As there is still an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in force across the country due to continuing cases of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza the Exhibition will not now be opening in April.  We hope that the situation will have eased in time for our open day on May 8th.  Please refer back to this website for further information if you are planning a visit in May.

This exhibition is a commemoration of the contribution made during WWII  by the 389th Heavy Bombardment Group 2nd Air Division of the American Airforce.   It  is housed in the original Chapel/Gymnasium building which  is the only major building from the camp area of Hethel Airfield (Station 114) to remain.  We now also have 2 recently reconstructed Nissen Huts which have extended our display space and added facilities for visitors.

The building features an original wall painting of Christ on the cross in the chapel and of a map of Europe in the Chaplin’s quarters next door.  The exhibits include memorabilia, uniforms, decorations, combat records, photographs,  etc.  many items donated by Veterans or their families. We also have a some exhibits relating to the RAF in WW2 and some more modern exhibits relating to military history in general.

The exhibition is a registered charity (No. 1089013) and is run and maintained by a small group of volunteers.  Admission is free but donations are gratefully received to help with running and maintenance of the exhibition. We are also currently raising funds to equip the newly reconstructed Nissen Huts with display cabinets.

Although this exhibition is about WW2 history, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Great War, we have a small exhibit relating to some local heroes from that conflict.