New museum to honour flyers

ABANDONED hospital buildings at the Old Hospital Site, Low Road, Denham, are to be converted to a wartime museum in honour of the 95th Heavy Bomber Group who performed heroics in World War 2.

ABANDONED hospital buildings at the Old Hospital Site, Low Road, Denham, are to be converted to a wartime museum in honour of the 95th Heavy Bomber Group who performed heroics in World War 2.

With the motto 'Justice With Victory', the American group flew B-17s, otherwise known as the 'flying fortresses', to attack strategic targets deep in Germany from July 1943 until V.E Day.

The 95th,whose base was Horham from 1942 till 1945, were awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations for their efforts: Germany on Aug 17 1943, Munster on October 10 1943, and Berlin on March 4 1944.

Now the hospital, their medical centre during their time in England, is being converted as a tribute to their efforts.

Nearly every room has been converted to how it was during the war and war artefacts, including uniforms donated by ex-members of the 95th, are on display.

Mr and Mrs Anthony Albrow, of Crown Corner, Denham, near Eye, bought the site from a local farmer and have spent nearly four years working at the site. They hope the finished museum will become a registered charity.

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Valerie Albrow said: "There's a lot of interest in the site, but we can't charge anyone to come in if it's a private residence. We're going to ask the council and the tourist board for a grant to continue the work."

Sons and daughters of the airmen come from America to trace their fathers' footsteps and the couple have an open day for the public every year. This year's open day, with a wartime farming theme, raised £1000 for the East Anglian Children's Hospice.

The couple now live in a mobile home on the site as this will allow them to open it up to the public more often.

If the Albrows receive money from the council, work on the museum could be completed within a year.

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For more information on the 95th Bomber Group, visit www.95thbg.org/

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