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Last weekend in March or Easter (whichever is sooner) to end October: Wednesdays, 1100-1600, Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays, 1100-1700.
This museum has no entrance fee!
This accredited aviation museum is a must for those interested in the history of the Royal Air Force during World War Two. It gives an account of 106 Squadron who flew from RAF Metheringham from 1943 to the end of the war. It also depicts the history of the squadron from the beginning of WW2.
106 Squadron lost over 1,000 aircrew and a number of aircraft during the war years. This includes 59 Lancaster bombers flying from RAF Metheringham.
Wing Commander Guy Gibson was its Commanding Officer when flying from RAF Syerston and then selected by Air Marshall Arthur 'Bomber' Harris of Bomber Command to form 617 Squadron, known as the Dambusters, which flew RAF Scampton. He later was transfered to RAF Woodhall Spa to fly a De Haviland Mosquito on specific missions. Wireless Operator Syd Geater (the only survivor left from a 106 Squadron Lancaster bomber crew) and his crew members were the last to speak to him before he flew from RAF Woodhall Spa, never to return due to a fatal crash.
Friends of Metheringham Airfield have acquired WW2 Dakota KG651 which is believed to have been used by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, General Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower, and King George V1. It is hoped later to be restored to flying condition. Dakota aircraft used RAF Metheringham in transporting American casualties from the D Day landings who were transferred to nearby RAF Nocton Hall which was used as a USA Army Hospital.
The museum has a number of preserved exhibits, one particular is a layout of a Lancaster bomber showing where crew members were placed. It has a restored WW2 gymnasium which is used for events and lectures. Its ration store is the exhibition room depicting 106 Squadron.
There is so much more to see including the remains of the peritrack, runways, and watchtower (by appointment only).
Admission is free and is well worth a visit
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