Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group Museum

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Key Facts

Sleap Aerodrome, Shropshire
SatNav: Region:
SY4 3HE West Midlands
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
General Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 2 Open

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What’s Here

During World War Two, Sleap was a Bomber Command training base. From January 1944 it was used to train glider pilots for the airborne assaults of D-Day and Arnhem. Through the co-operation of the Shropshire Aero Club, the Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group operates a museum on the site. This all-volunteer group investigates crash sites and recovers and displays artifacts as a memorial to pilots that gave their lives operating in the Shropshire area during World War II. The displays include a number of aero engines, and a reconstruction of an airfield Flight Office. The location was previously known as the Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group Aviation Museum.


Sleap Aerodrome, south west of Wem, Shropshire. Wem is on the B5476 north of Shrewsbury, and Sleap can be reached from a ‘C’ road off the B5476.

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Opening Hours:

Open Saturday and Sunday, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, from May to October. Other times by prior arrangement.




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List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
‘K7271’ Hawker Fury II BAPC.148 Reproduction Displayed
‘EN398’ Supermarine Spitfire IX FSM Displayed

Notes: Percival Provost T.1 WW388 has left this location. Vickers F.B.5 replica ‘GBH-7’ has moved away.

More Information

WARG, 2 Fields View, Lodmore Lane, Burleydam, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 4BD.

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12 thoughts on “Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group Museum

  1. Attended the Museum on a Sunday in May only to be told that the Museum opened Saturday and NOT Sunday. Can you please confirm your opening days and times as I would like to revisit. My interest is in an Anson that my brother was in when it crashed into Brown Clee Hill.
    Many thanks.

  2. Very sorry to hear you were misled by out of date info. All efforts have been centred on refurbishment of the museum buildings and sadly info was neglected. We are open every Saturday weather permitting and unless it falls on Xmas day! For confirmation please check with the Control Tower at Shropshire Aero Club. Many thanks.
    On behalf of WARG, Sleap

  3. Visited recently. Found the museum to be very interesting and informative. Well presented considering it is run on a voluntery basis. A couple of interesting aircraft flew in one being a Russian Yak 38 fighter. Had a meal which was well presented, very good quality at a very reasonable price. On the whole a very enjoyable afternoon

  4. I have an interest in the replica Hawker Fury as it was built by my uncle. Have you any historical info; such as when it went to Cosford, when it came to you and so on. This would help with an article I am doing. Pictures of it in transit would be marvellous.

  5. I am a Vice President of 609 (WR) Squadron and commanded it from 2001-2006. I understand a Roger Marley restored the cockpit of a 609 Typhoon with you in the past. We are trying to locate him with the appearance of the Typhoon at our 2012 Reunion. If you know of his contact email-could you give him mine and I will take it ftom there.
    Brian Waite

  6. my wife and I are members of North Staffs Military vehicle trust.We would at sometime as part of an organised excursion like to visit your airfield. please email us with any information we require.

  7. Hi
    In the 1970’s my father did alot of research into He111 A1+LN that crashed on the 16th November 1940 near Much Wenlock.
    Earlier this year we were contacted by Manfred Achstaller who is the son of the observer of this aircraft- who survived along with the pilot.
    The reason for this message is to ask if you have any information about this aircraft in your collection.
    Thank you for your help
    Adrian Durnell

  8. I visited Sleap airfield Sunday 5/8/12 and had great day, the museum is small but packed with plenty of exhibits and info, very interesting and definately worth a visit, Ill be back very soon. Im pleased my first ever flight at the controls was here, thanks to instructor Phill Smith who put me at ease throughout the flight. For those that have posted questions here, I would contact them directly rather than posting here as this may not be seen by members of the Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group Aviation Museum.

  9. Hi. Is the full size replica of Spitfire Mk.IX s/n EN398 coded JE-J (BAPC.184) still on display in your museum?
    Yesterday a friend saw a full size replica Spitfire with the same s/n and markings on display in Pyle, South Wales and I would like to know if it is BAPC.184 or another full size replica. Regards Roger

  10. Hi – I’m researching a 1942 Spitfire crash in North Wales which was one of ten craft financially donated by the Falklands Islands in WW2

    There is one iconic pose of pilots around X 4616 ( QJ-R ) of 92 Squadron and it was used on Official stamps. That plane and all have apparently long-since gone to the scrapyard in the sky.

    The one I need to delve into is X 4642 which served in many Squadrons.

    Here is X 4642’s provenance: 609/66/57 OTU/303/306/61 OTU. Broke up in dive and abandoned, Bryneglwys, ( near Corwen ) Denbighshire, 5.8.42

    I recently heard anecdotal comment a farm track was built over the Berwyn Mountains coincidentally passing the crash site. The engine was recovered as a result and WARG would likely have it on display.

    Anyone know if this is true or whoever excavated the site as I need to track the engine down.


  11. Hi
    I am looking for anyone who worked on the crashed bomber that was shot down in may 7th 1941 at a place called andersea,
    Having found pictures from a local paper the group was called south west recovery.
    any info on this would be very helpful.

  12. Hi,

    I’m very interested in the identity of a Spitfire which crashed on Whixhall Moss ( or nearby)and excavated by WARG circa 1977/78.

    Thank you in anticipation.

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