The importance of the colour yellow

After an extended festive break the blog is now up and running again.

It may seem odd but the colour yellow became an important colour to airmen who needed to be rescued after their aircraft had ditched in the sea.

Last January I did a post about animals during wartime and talked about the importance of the yellow box containing pigeons which was carried by all heavy bombers.

A year on a fact that none of us at the museum knew about came to light.

Some of the iconic R.A.F flying jackets had yellow hoods to make them easier to spot by a rescue aircraft. It makes perfect sense as the emergency dinghy would travel with the currents and tides away from the ditching co-ordinates. Bright yellow hoods would be easy to see from above.

Another example of simplicity saving lives during wartime.


Christmas is here once again, the time seems to have gone so fast this year.

From everyone at the museum we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and a happy and peaceful 2019.

Another new item for the shop next year

Les and I have been working on new items for sale in the shop next year.

You've already seen some of the slate coasters, but here is the first attempt at making a clock out of slate.

This design has the compass points instead of the hours and has a Wellington bomber on it.

Over the winter we'll be working on other designs.

The Christmas Dinner

Last week was the Christmas dinner which is always a wonderful night.

It takes quite a while to clean all the silver and make sure that the tables are set properly.

Sheila does all the cooking and deserves a medal for the gorgeous meals that she achieves single handed each year.

The red brick fireplace is original and was the only thing remaining of the officer's recreation Nissen hut. When you look down the room in all it's glory you can almost see those RAF officers standing at the fireplace with their glass of beer and  smoking a pipe.

I couldn't attend this year but will try and get some photos of the evening. In the mean time this how it looks before everyone arrives.

New range for the gift shop next season

Next year we will have a new range of items in the gift shop.

Our very talented Les has been working hard on producing coasters, and hopefully soon, clocks.

The coasters have got pictures of various items around the museum, or planes that would have flown there. They are all water resistant and have the felt surface protectors on the base.

Les and I have been working on the design of the clocks and have a few ideas buzzing around our heads. Each one will be unique, that's all that's sure for the moment.

Hope that you can see the coasters clearly.

Continuing Remembrance

One of the most poignant symbols of remembering WWI last weekend were the ghostly "there but not there" perspex outlines of a soldier.

Many were placed on pews and chairs in churches.

So simple but so dignified.

Armistice Day 2018

Despite being closed to the public the museum still recognises the memory of those that served in wars and those that have since passed on. A poppy is placed by the R.A.F standard for everyone.

The boys became men almost overnight, their faces show how much they changed in just a couple of years of warfare.

Excuse my personal indulgence with the photos of my father who changed so much in 2 years. Top left in training and top right 2 years later. He served at R.A.F Davidstow Moor briefly and his medals are there where he wanted them to be.

Aged 90 he stood beneath the frame at the museum where his photo is in his training uniform, top row, second from left. He passed away 6 weeks later.

The people who served in WWII are becoming fewer with each passing year. It's so important to talk with them and record their memories for future generations to learn from. We must never forget them.