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Uncle Herman R.C.A.F Mascot

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Uncle Herman, the pink pig came to Davidstow as the mascot of 404 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force.

The squadron was at Davidstow from May to August 1944.

The Herman we have on display is a replica.

Please excuse the poor quality of the photos but a flash is needed but obviously reflects on the glass of the cabinets.










HEAVY BOMBER COCKPIT MOCK UP

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We have a mock up of a heavy bomber's cockpit in building 2.

One of the things that the school children find unbelievable is all the equipment that a navigator would have to use to work out the plane's position. No Sat Navs,no GPS, no computer, just the ability to work out the position by using a map, a compass and at times intuition.

To qualify as a navigator in WWII there were 500 hours ground instruction and 100 hours air training.

The final qualification test was to plot a route with no more than 11 degrees of error and less than 1 minute off per hour of flight time. At night they had to reach within 15 miles of a target.

There were radio beacons to assist the navigator on the homeward flight.

GEE was a radio navigation system that came into service with Bomber Command in 1942. It measured the time delay between 2 radio signals to produce a fix with an accuracy of around a few hundred metres.

Our mock up shows a Flt Sgt working as the wireless operator. Again this would be so di…

Airfield Tours

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The weekly scheduled airfield tours have started now that we're in July and Marlene, our electric bus, has been dusted down and is ready to go.

The first tour yesterday was in beautiful sunshine and Steve was aboard giving a commentary and answering any questions.

The tours cover the airfield and the buildings that are still there, stopping at 2 or 3 buildings for you to go inside. The view from the old control tower is stunning.

The old bomb aimers building is being slowly restored by 4624 Sqn R.A.F. They raise their own funds to do the work and it is much appreciated.

The tours are very popular and is it advised that you ring up and book in advance so as not to be disappointed.

Private tours can be arranged for groups. Marlene holds 10 people, unfortunately we cannot allow dogs on the tours. Ring Steve to enquire about arranging private tours.






















New Link for the museum youtube channel

We have a new link to follow to see the youtube channel for the museum.

The video now has commentary by Steve which explains all the special events and functions shown in a way that only Steve could do.

Cornwall at War Museum video.

BOOK SALE THIS SATURDAY

Visitors to the museum this Saturday, 29th June, will have the chance to buy second hand books with a military theme from 11 am to 3 pm.

The books will be on sale in the hangar at very reasonable prices.

You must be a paying visitor to the museum to have access to the sale.

Come along enjoy the museum and have a browse at the books.

The Operations Room

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Building 3 was the Officer's Squash Court. It was also designated as the overflow morgue should the need arise. To our knowledge it was never used as such.

We have some dioramas in the building to show how various scenes would have been during WWII.

The one chosen for today is our version of the Operations Room.

The Operations Room was the hub of activity when the squadrons went out on their missions. Although now it wouldn't be deemed as politically correct, in WWII these rooms were mainly staffed by women in the W.R.A.F.

A chalk board would display the date, we show 6th June 1944, D-Day, the squadrons and the number of planes from each squadron that had taken off, the time they took off and the time they landed, the aircraft type and the operation they had gone to take part in.

There would be a large table covered by a map and the locations of the squadrons and planes could be plotted  by the W.R.A.Fs to show where they were at any given time. This was achieved by literally pushi…

Cornwall At War Museum YouTube Channel

Apologies for no post last week but I was on holiday.

To make up for that we have got something special for you this week. We have our own YouTube channel so you can actually see moving pictures of the museum and special events there!

This first one shows the opening of the museum up to the royal visit of HRH Princess Alexandra last year.

The sound is sometimes muffled by a howling gale, we are at 1000 feet above sea level.

If you can watch it on full screen it will be beneficial.

At 50 seconds in to the video you'll see the brick fireplace which was original to the Officers Recreation Room and now protected by a Nissen hut on the original site.

When time allows more will be added to the video, especially on those special occasions which tend to happen at the museum. But for now enjoy seeing the place, and Steve and Sheila who have built this place to be something so special.

Click on the link below to see the video.

Cornwall at War Museum video.