The Museum has a large collection of genuine artefacts, photographs and documents on display, which give the visitor a flavour of what has happened at this base since it opened in 1938.
The first floor of the Tower is dedicated to the RAF; pre, during and post WWII and the British Army. While the second floor is dedicated entirely to the 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) - probably the most famous of all USAAF 8th Air Force bomb groups.
The Tower Museum Bassingbourn is housed in the original control tower that dates back to the 1930's when the airbase was constructed. One of the first museum's in the country to be housed in an original control tower, the Museum opened in 1974; its aim to educate visitors in the history of this world famous base when the RAF
and the USAAF
were stationed here.
The Tower Museum at Bassingbourn was opened in 1974 by Major General Stanley Wray, who during the Second World War was Colonel Stanley Wray, the first Commanding Officer of the 91st Bomb Group of the 8th United States Army Air Force.
Formerly known as the East Anglian Aviation Society, the Tower Museum was the first museum of its type in the country; housed in the original airfield control tower, located on what was to become one of the most famous bomber bases of the Second World War.
Today, the Tower Museum is a memorial museum, capturing the experiences and memories of the men and women of the RAF and USAAF who have served here. The Museum's moto is . . .