100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum

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Key Facts

Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk
SatNav: Region:
IP21 4PH East Anglia
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
Control Tower Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 0 Open

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What’s Here

A museum dedicated to the USAAF’s famous ‘Bloody Hundredth’ Bomb Group of World War Two. Located in and around the restored control tower of the former bomber base, the museum tells the story of Thorpe Abbotts and portrays every-day life on an American bomber base. A D-4 link trainer is on display, while a B-24 tail turret is undergoing restoration. Special events and reunions are frequently staged.


At Thorpe Abbotts, off the A140 at Dickleburgh or signed north from the A143, east of Diss in Norfolk.

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Opening Hours:

Open Weekends and Bank Holidays 10.00 am to 5.00 pm – 1 March to 31 October; May to September also open Wednesdays 10.00 am to 5.00 pm; Closed November to the end of February. Last admission 4.00 pm.


Free, donations appreciated.


Toilets, Parking, Souvenir shop, Partial access for the disabled.

Entry Road (photo, Rod Eime) View from the Tower (photo, Rod Eime)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
No airframes on display

More Information

100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum, Common Road, Dickleburgh, Diss, Norfolk, IP21 4PH. Tel: 01379 740708. website: 100th BG Memorial Museum


The Control Tower (photo, Rod Eime)

21 thoughts on “100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum

  1. I’ve just finished reading “A wing and a prayer”, a truly stirring account of life on a wartime airfield. I look forward to visiting the museum on our next visit to the UK.

    Good Luck


  2. We just returned from a visit to Thorpe-Abbots and were touched by the wonderful folks who have done, and continue to do, a magnificent job keeping alive the memories of the greatest generation. They allowed me to stand where my Dad stood all those years ago and the museum was beyond expectations. Thanks so much to all of you for a memorable visit!
    Kevin & Debi Flack (son of Picadilly Lily pilot Russell J. “Pinky” Flack)

  3. We just want to add our appreciation to the kindness of the volunteer members who welcomed us on the special 1940s evening attended by the vintage car club [12th june] As performers for the evening, it made our task so much easier.Indeed , the museum serves as a wonderful memorial to all who served there.
    Many thanks again.
    John Chrissie and Richard [Timescape]

  4. We also visited Thorpe Abbots in June and were very impressed by the way the people from the village have restored parts of the base, with the help of and with donations from the USAAF personnel and their families. The volunteers who welcomed us were lovely people who obviously care deeply about what they are doing. May God bless them!

  5. We visited Thorpe Abbots on 11-July of this year, and were very impressed. Mom (Betty Roane, wife of the late Owen “Cowboy” Roane), has always wanted to return to this area and see the museum again; so we were fortunate enough to bring her. This museum represents such a historic and memorable year for my parents, and those involved in the museum did justice to the memory of those who served here. Our group included Mom, my sister Martha, my brother’s wife Gail, my wife Cherilyn and me. A special thanks goes to Richard Gibson, who spent the full day showing us around, and explaining how things were back then.

    Thanks again to all!
    Tom Roane

  6. I recently visited the Thorpe Abbotts Museum. Words seem inadequate when thanking all those who were so kind to me and my friends. My dad was a co pilot on the B17 and as I stood by the tower, I could almost hear the planes coming home. I truly felt the presence of my dad. It was a very moving experience. Dad passed away in 2002. He was a very special person and is missed by many.
    Please convey my gratitude to everyone responsible for this wonderful memorial.

  7. A wonderfully maintained museum. The volunteers do great work here and were so informative and friendly.
    Highly recommended.

  8. Visited on the 8th October 2011 with my son Colm. We could not have asked for a better welcome. The people entrusted with greeting visitors and maintaining the facilities are so nice. A lovely bunch of friendly and knowledgeable people.
    An enjoyable visit was rounded off by a visit from a P-51 Mustang 🙂 on a number of sweeps across the field. An unforgettable day 🙂 🙂
    Apart from the lovely people who volunteer their time so generously, the site has a unique atmosphere that could not be adequately described.
    Very highly recommended

  9. Group Memorial Museum is a moving testament to the Americans who came to Thorpe Abbotts in Norfolk to fight alongside the allies during World War Two.
    Thank You for this article

  10. I had the pleasure of visiting the museum while in the area during October 2012. I was part of a Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team from Southern Illinois and was very impressed with the facility. The folks who showed me around were wonderful and were so very proud of the museum and the exhibits. I am suprised that this is not a major tourist attraction as it has beenm preserved in an outstanding manner. It is history and I hope this museum will continue to grow and stay an attraction. Very well done.

  11. Visited Thorpes Abbott during holiday in Norfolk. Only just saw the sign on the main road so nearly missed this unique museum. The welcome from the volunteers was amazing and the museum astonishing. No finer memorial has been created to the men of the USAAF than this. It evoked the era and atmosphere in a quite extrodinary way. The observation room on the top of the tower allowed you to almost hear the B-17’s as they returned from their missions.

  12. I had also the pleasure to attend the museum. My dad was a co pilot on the B17 and as I stood by the tower, I could almost hear the planes coming

  13. Absolutely fantastic! A real gem and only 5 minutes from where we live!!
    Cant wait to go back again, a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours. Great atmosphere with real enthusiasts.

    Thoroughly recommended to anyone regardless of age!
    Thank you

  14. I was in England in 1968 with the U.S.Navy and sorely regret that I didn’t get the chance to visit Thorpes Abbott airfield where my Uncle Charles Garrett was a gunner on the ‘Shining Hour’ B-17 flying out of there..He was my favorite and died too young in the 60’s of alcoholism because of all he saw that went on with the Bloody 100th and he had to cope with the memories..God Bless ALL who served there..Bill Bryan, Tappahannock, Virginia ..US Navy Chief Retired

  15. Have visited the museum several times over the years. We
    hope to make it next year. Our son MSgt John E. Booth, no relation to Capt J E Booth of Frank Valeshe’s crew has also visited when stationed in the UK. Many thanks to one and all for all your efforts to the museum.

  16. I live a few miles from this truly unique museum. I always pay a visit(or more a pilgrimage) on a hot summers day when you can almost visualise those brave young men coming home after a mission. The place is so beautifully maintained by a group of volunteers. I am frequently moved to tears when I stand in the control tower looking out over the former runway. A very moving experience. Highly recommended.

  17. my brother Frank Granack was a pilot of a B17 bomber that flew in the Bloody 100th and was in the first daylight raid over Berlin on march 4th 1944 and his top gunner Harold Stern shot down the first German fighter over Berlin. Frank died 7 years ago and we really were not aware of what great hero’s those guys were. There were four of our family in the service and one did not come back My brother Joe was killed in Saipan 2/24/45 and we had three stars in the window of our house One Killed in action=one missing in action and one prisoner of war. and I was in Korea God Bless America

  18. My father, Sergeant Sidney L. Nicholas, was based at Thorpe-Abbotts during World War II. My brother Gregory is visiting there this coming week. My other brother is Jeffrey Nicholas. We are very proud of our father. He was a tailgunner on B-17s, 351st Bomb Squadron.

  19. My brother Frank Granack was a pilot on a B17 bomber and flew 17 missions from Thorp Abbot and flew on the first daylight raid over Berlin and his top turrent gunner Harold Stern shot down the first German fighter over Berlin on March 4th 1944. They went back two days later and the Germans were waiting for them and we lost 60 bombers and 600 men and my brother was a POW at Stalag Luft #3 for the remainder of WW2,,,I found out later that more than 25% of ALL casualties in WW2 were from the bombing raids over Germany.,,,God Bless America and our brave troops everywere

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