100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum
Discover one of Norfolk’s ‘Fields of Little America’
For two years during World War II some seventy sites across East Anglia became launch pads for USAAF’s bombing raids into occupied Europe. Each airfield was home to 2000-3000 airmen and ground crew, most of them volunteers. The airfields became known as “The Fields of Little America”. This museum is based in the control tower and other buildings at RAF Thorpe Abbots – home from 1943 to 1945 to the 100th Bomb Group. Displays recount the bravery and danger of the men’s daily lives as well as the way, for two years, they made this corner of Norfolk their home. Packed with personal stories and memorabilia, this inspiring and beautifully cared for museum really brings to life an amazing period in Norfolk and world history. Reserve collection available, please contact curator to arrange access. Recommended length of visit: 2 to 3 hours.
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Other good things to do nearby
The museum is close to the pretty and historic towns of Diss, Bungay and Harleston. The nearby villages Pullham St Mary, Pulham Market and Starston offer super parish walks. The quiet lanes nearby are ideal for cycling. Bressingham, with its lovely gardens and steam museum is just the other side of Diss. If you want to look further into aviation and the airbases of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum is at Flixton, just west of Diss.
Travel and parking
Ample free parking at the museum. Public transport: Follow the brown signs from the A140 at Dickleburgh. 30 minutes from Norwich and Thetford. 35 minutes from Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds. The nearest train station is Diss.
1 March to 31 October
Weekends and Bank Holidays, 10am to 5pm
May to September, above plus Wednesdays
Last admission 4pm
Facilities and access
Access information: There is no access to the first floor or roof of the Control Tower but there is level access to all other areas. Telephone for further details.