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Original Anderson Shelter

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The museum is lucky to have an original Anderson 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…

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.