Wellington Aviation Museum
Wellington Aviation Museum
British School House
Gerry Tyack, Curator
Some years ago Gerry Tyack opened his small museum dedicated to all those who served or who passed through RAF Moreton-in-Marsh, on one of the many training courses for RAF bomber command. Though the airfield is now a fire training station Gerry keeps the memory of the base alive in the museum with his vast range of artifacts from the war years and beyond. Gerry was also successful in getting the memorial plaque errected outside the old entrance a few years ago.
As you pull up outside the museum you will see propellers and wheels from the aircraft most used at Moreton-in-Marsh, the Vickers-Armstrong Wellington, there is also a casing for the 4000lb bombs dropped by the aircraft, around the back in his garden there is the whole tail section of one aircraft, showing the famous Barnes Wallis designed geodetic structure which made the aircraft so strong and easy to repair.
RAF Moreton-in-Marsh was one of many flight training stations and large numbers of crews passed through, Gerry has an interest in contacting anyone who recalls times at the station and has numerous books and paintings signed by past personnel, many of the items are donated to the museum from families of, or people stationed there.
10.00 am - 5.00 pm
(12.30 - 2.00 pm Closed for Lunch)
Closed: Mondays and Christmas Day
Leamington Spa's brilliant aviation artist Ken Aitken has put pen to paper to record many forgotten items of history such as the territorial 'Ack Ack' camp, its' area now occupied by the local library. Not forgetting the American 'Super 6th', who occupied the whole of the village square with their Sherman tanks before departing for Normandy in 1944. Moreton-in-Marsh was put firmly on the world map by it's Royal Air Force station, many ex-personnel both home and overseas call today seeking information on fathers, uncles and other relatives who served on the station almost sixty years ago. Rare emblems with text of the four exclusive clubs formed for aircrew members during WWII, The Guinea Pig Club, The Goldfish Club, The Late Arrivals Club and The Caterpillar Club, are all contained in the museum. Sir Roy Feddon never adequately recognised for his part in our victory during WWII, was responsible for the 'Sleeve Valve' radials of which both Hercules and Centaurus were finally produced in vast numbers. A sectioned Hercules is on exhibition, and is much admired by visitors for it's engineering qualities. Only aircrew members can vouch for the Hercules reliability qualities in service with many aircraft types, including the Wellington, the Lancaster, the Halifax and the Beaufighter. Barnes Wallis, another brilliant engineer was to put his brainchild, 'The Geodetic Structure' into the design of the Wellington. The tail section of an ex-Lossiemouth OTU Wellington aircraft is also contained within the museum. Other items which still continue to surface locally include two Wellington main wheels complete with tyres. One of which was found bricked-up under the stairway of a local barn, and had not seen the light of day for 53 years. Even light hearted items, such as a 'movement order' for an expedition to the local pub by instructors at 21 OTU.
Aviation, Weapons and War