Wellesbourne Wartime Museum

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Key Facts

Location:
Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield, West Midlands
SatNav: Region:
CV35 9EU West Midlands
Country:
United Kingdom
Admission:
Public
Category: Only Aviation:
General Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 5 Open

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What’s Here

The museum is located in an underground emergency wartime command and control bunker, and houses a collection of aviation artefacts. Displays cover the history of Wellesbourne Mountford airfield, together with various aircraft components and memorabilia. There is a small aircraft park, including the nose of Vulcan XA903. This aircraft was used to test the Olympus engines of Concorde in the 1960s, and a small dedicated group of enthusiasts is trying to restore some of the additional test equipment used in this aircraft. The museum was offically opened on 14 April 1991. Elsewhere on the airfield, Vulcan XM655 undertakes taxi runs on occasions.

Directions

Located at Wellesbourne Mountford airfield, south of the B4086 near Wellesbourne, 5 miles east of Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.

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Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open Sundays & Bank Holidays 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Admission:

No up-to-date information.

Amenities:

Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Access for the disabled.

Provost T.1 WV679. (photo, Olaf Kirchner) Rear view of the Provost. (photo, Olaf Kirchner)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
XM655 Avro Vulcan B.2* XM655 Complete Displayed
XK590 de Havilland Vampire T.11 XK590 Complete Displayed
XJ575 Hawker Siddeley Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ575 Nose Displayed
WV679 Percival Provost T.1 WV679 Complete Displayed
RA-01378 Yakovlev Yak-52 RA-01378 Complete Displayed

* Owned by the XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society.
Note: Avro Vulcan B.1 nose XA903 was sold and has now left the site.

More Information

Derek Powell, Wellesbourne Aviation Group, 167 Colebourne Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B13 0HB. Tel: Not known.

RAF Wellesbourne Mountford part 2

Vampire T.11 XK590. (photo, Olaf Kirchner) Vampire avionics bay. (photo, Olaf Kirchner)
Yak-52 RA-01378. (photo, Olaf Kirchner) Vulcan B.1 cockpit. (photo, Olaf Kirchner)
Vulcan B.2 XM655 (photo, Kevin Pitt)

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16 thoughts on “Wellesbourne Wartime Museum

  1. What a great little place. Very welcoming bunch of chaps.
    I think I went back in time a bit….. perhaps I’m getting old. A seriously knowledgeable bloke showed us the Vulcan nosejob. We called in on the off-chance and it was really interesting.
    We passers-by appreciate the work put in by the “few”. No, not those “few”…the other”few” who still do strange things like trying to keep a Vulcan from taking off.

  2. Have to say it is a fantastic museum and as has already been stated the welcome you recieve is second to none.

  3. Echo the above. The handful of chaps here are volunteers and do it for the love of aviation, yet they should give a masterclass in customer service to the big businesses of the world.

    Great little place and the aircraft aren`t even cordoned off, unlike most places nowadays.

  4. I am specifically interested in the nose portion of XA 903. I flew in this aircraft in the late 1950’s when it was used as an essential part in the Blue Steel stand-off bomb development programme (W100) and was the electronics officer (Observer B seat) for the first aerial launch of this missile into Cardigan Bay.( Happy days!)

  5. I was there between 1955-1957. As a storeman attached to 68MU, later moved to 16MU at Stafford in Staffodshire.
    I think the hut we lived in was hut 27. There was Bob Marriot, Brian Whittle, Taffy, They were the days.
    David Cooper 3145757

  6. My father who worked for Alvis gave me a set of spanners
    that are required to strip an Alvis Leonidies engine.
    As they are of no use to me would your museum be interest in having them as a donation.

  7. Re. the post by David Cooper. I also served at RAF Wellesbourne Mountford from 1955 to 1957 for my National Service. As a Clerk (Accounts) I would have been responsible for David’s Pay Ledger!
    The only time I have been back to Wellesbourne since 1957 was a few years ago when I visited the Museum. Well worth the trip!
    Bryan Hewer 2769123. (S.A.C – long since retired!)

  8. I served my National Service in the RAF 1956-58. I was posted to RAF 16MU Stafford via Cardington-Padgate and Hereford. One day at 16MU (1957?) when returning to my billet I was taken aback by the sight of a smart body of airmen marching very correctly toward me, keenly chaperoned by a an enthusiastic corporal, whose discipline was diminished by his horn-rimmed glasses.

    This was a shock to the system as such activities as marching to one’s destination had long since receded since leaving square bashing at Padgate. I learned later these men were a contingent of admin clerks drafted in from Wellsbourne Mountford for the purpose of which I never did find out.

    I got to know one of their number, his name was Derek Meir from Nottingham, he was fond of classical Music and he persuade me on one occasion to accompany him to a concert at Wolverhampton.

    16 MU was soulless place for me. Would I have missed the experience of it all? Surprisingly yes, but I wouldn’t want to do it again.

    It’s surprising what is residual in the innermost recesses of one’s mind.

  9. Hello from NY !
    I have learnt that my Uncles last Mission during WW2 was from this airfield. August 25th, 1943.
    Radio Operator / Rear Gunner on a Wellington Mk III Tail HF628 he joined 4 Royal Canadian Air Force Crew. THe mission ended in tragedy, he and one other crew member survived. He finished out the war in a German POW camp…
    In any event at this location is there any sort of WW2 achive / history / memorial ?
    Thank You

  10. I believe there maybe as many years ago my father, whose brother was killed in a flying accident at Wellesbourne, someone put an advert in Dad’s local newspaper asking for information as they wished to put his (brother’s) name on a memorial. I hope to visit myself in May although Sunday is a little difficult for me.

  11. I noticed that a gent named Peter Wiltsher, whose father was Publicity Manager at Alvis Coventry, offered to donate a set of spanners in 2012. My wife and I would love to get in touch with Peter as he was our best man at our wedding in 1960. With our Golden Wedding celebrations on the horizon we would love to make contact. Can you possibly help? (Retired PPL)

  12. My curiosity has been aroused by the postings on this site. With the help of a friend who is assisting me through Ancestry.com I am learning a great deal about the loss of my father who was an AG on board Wellington aircraft tail number NC494 on the 18th of December 1944 near Chipping Norton. I too would appreciate knowing if there is any markings of the crash sites in the area of Wellesbourne Mountford as I will be visiting the UK in 2017 and would like to visit the area.

  13. Coming to UK from Canada in May 2017. My father was a Wellington rear gunner as well, stationed here. His plane was shot down in Jan 1945. He and four other all bailed and survived. I still have the old letter he received from Leslie Irvin welcoming him to the Caterpillar Club!! We will be stopping by for a visit. What a great find!

  14. Does anyone have any recollection of the caravan park for married airmen around 1953-54 time. I lived there in a converted double-deck green 3-axle trolleybus with mum and dad, a corporal air wireless fitter. His service record for that time mentions in very thick pen writing what may be 9 FTS or AFTS … which records say to be Shrewsbury! To the best of my knowledge, dad never even went there, Shrewsbury never mentioned. Our bus was towed to Wellesbourne by the RAF, coming over from Watton. My own proof we were there was that my next brother, Jeff, was born at Leamington hospital early 1954 and his first home was our bus on the site. From Wellesbourne, he was posted to Spitalgate. I have photo of the bus, but at Watton. I have reason to believe there were several caravans and maybe an odd single deck bus on site too. Married qtrs were in very short supply. Thanks. Rob. rhaywood@rhaywood.karoo.co.uk

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