Boxted Airfield Historical Group

Group History

The group based in Colchester Essex was formed in the year 2000 by Richard Turner. Richard has researched the history of Boxted airfield since 1995 and has staged exhibitions with the material collected since January 1999.

There was a lot of local interest and so he decided that if this project was going to continue, more help was needed. So after a meeting of enthusiasts, the first committee was formed in February 2000.

Membership now stands at over 100 worldwide, including airfield veterans, both American servicemen and RAF personnel, who were based at Boxted. The group holds regular meetings with guest speakers, film evenings, etc. Full details can be found on the “Group Events” page on this web site.

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If you would like to become a member of our group, please go to our "Group Membership" page for details. We also offer free life membership to any personnel who served at Boxted, whether it was with the US Army Air Corps or the RAF.

Refurbishment of airfield memorial

During 2007, a grant was given to Langham Parish Council to repair the village war memorial. Included in the application was a request for money to refurbish the airfield memorial. Our group was asked if we would like to be involved in the design process and, after some deliberation, we suggested a wall should be built about 5 feet high around the present monument, which was agreed by the Parish Council. Carved into the granite are the names of the American units and the dates that they were stationed at Boxted, and also details of the RAF use of the field. The refurbishment was completed in April 2008.

Annual Report by the Committee for year ending 28 February 2021

The year ending 28 February 2021 was an extraordinary one for the World as well as the Group due to the coronavirus pandemic, yet the Group still managed to achieve a lot.

Committee: The committee was only able to meet physically once due to restrictions but kept in touch and consulted digitally and by phone during the year to carry out the essential business of the Group.

Number of members: Total of 111 including 4 honorary members and one veteran, compared to a total of 113 in the previous year.

Club nights & Social activities: These were curtailed by the pandemic and the AGM papers were sent out to members.

Museum: The museum opening season was shorter than usual and our first Sunday opening was in July when we were delighted to receive 60 visitors. The August opening did even better with 177 visitors, although our last opening in September only attracted 13 due to poor weather conditions. The museum again participated in the Heritage Open Days on 12th and 13th September which were attended by about 110 visitors. Whilst these two days were admission free, the museum benefited by sales of refreshments, souvenirs and donations. All the openings were conducted in accordance with the COVID regulations and a big vote of thanks is extended to all our stewards who made it a success.

Building 3: The uniforms collection display was completed in time for the museum opening season and revisions of information labels have since taken place. A new display was installed of 4 loaned items from the crashed Marauder of Col. Saunders, CO of 387th BG.

Work on refurbishing the container for a display of the link trainer was commenced.

It was not possible to display our “Buildings Then and Now” photo exhibition due to space restrictions during the pandemic.

The DVD is continuing to sell well with 39 sales.

Work on the marking and entering of exhibits in an Accessions Register was restricted to new acquisitions.

Publicity /website: The Museum continues to receive regular publicity in the local press and through the distribution of flyers and posters to other museums and libraries. The website plays a valuable role in raising the profile of the museum and the Group’s activities and a copy of this report will be placed on the website. The website has had 5159 hits in the past 12 months. Additionally, the museum has been publicised on Google Earth.

Work with other organisations: The Group continues to work with the American Museum database at the IWM Duxford, inputting additional information from its own archive.

Work has continued on providing information for the forthcoming book.

Future plans:

It is hoped that the special event for members to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Group and the 10th anniversary of the opening of the museum will take place on 4 September 2021.

During the coming year, work to redisplay the ROC items will be completed and work on the Link trainer display will continue.

Work will continue on preparing the long-awaited book on the history of the airfield for publication.