The Control Tower
The entire control tower is given over to museum displays. On the ground floor and first floor you will find a rich selection of artifacts, documents, photographs, uniforms and service equipment, plus a recreation of the original teleprinter room.
Look out for the waterproof radio set, baseball bats, photos of Glen Miller’s visit to Thorpe Abbotts, silk cushions sent to moms and sweethearts back home and the lambskin flying trousers.
Meet Captain Joe Orendorff - veteran of 29 combat missions - and see the flack jacket that saved his life, with the actual piece of flak that hit him just above the heart. The museum teams with such stories and such men.
On the roof you will find the glasshouse, an ideal viewing point from which to survey the remaining airstrips. It is set up as it would have been when the airfield was operational with the addition of a model of the airbase in the 1940s.
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