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Last Airfield Tour of the Season

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This Thursday saw the last airfield tour of the 2019 season.

 As always the tours have been extremely popular. It's not too early to book for the tours next year now. Ring the museum mobile number and your booking will be put in the diary. As always the tours will be on a Thursday afternoon only, with the seats going to the first 10 people who book up.

The museum will revert to being open Tuesdays to Saturdays inclusive from the beginning of October, with the exception being the last week of October which is the schools half term. After that the museum will be closed until next year.














Original Stanton Air Raid Shelter

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The museum is lucky to have an original Stanton Air Raid Shelter within the grounds. 

Steve has added a realistic sound track which starts with the alarm siren warning of an imminent air raid. Then there is the noise of bombs going off all around and eventually the siren giving the all clear. After that there are the noises of emergency vehicles which had bells ringing in those days, not the wailing sirens that we're used to today.

There are benches along the walls and it really gives the feeling of what it must have been like to spend hour upon hour in the dark and damp listening to the bombs falling and wondering if your house was still standing.

This shelter is reputed to have it's own ghost.





What a car!

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On Wednesday it was a very wet, foggy and windy day.

Poor Steve got soaked through even in waterproof clothing. But, as normal on a rotten day it was busy.

We were really cheered up when this aptly named Rolls Royce Phantom appeared through fog that was worthy of a horror movie. 

What a beautiful car with equally lovely owners who were very  gracious and have allowed us to show that beautiful car on the blog.



















Apologies for the summer break...it got busy!

Apologies for the length of time between the last post and this one.

Summer was incredibly busy despite the not so good weather.

We've found that on wet days the museum is the go to place for holiday makers. Apart from walking between the buildings it's a relatively dry day out.

We've had visitors from all over the world and all over the UK. It's enjoyable meeting and talking with our visitors, and listening to the memories that the museum has evoked with some of our guests. On Wednesday this week I learned just how small the world is. I was enjoying a conversation with a really nice guy when somehow it came about that we'd both been at the same school (on the other side of the country), at the same time back in the early 1970's.What were the chances of that? 

From now on hopefully there will a post every week as we wind up this season at the end of October and work our way through the winter for new displays and items next year.

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…