Open day at airfield

FANS of flying machines are being given a unique opportunity to help preserve an important historical landmark in Suffolk.Debach airfield is asking for donations of WWII memorabilia, or simply memories from the past, as part of their project to preserve the base, which was home to the American 493rd Bomb Group during the war.

FANS of flying machines are being given a unique opportunity to help preserve an important historical landmark in Suffolk.

Debach airfield is asking for donations of WWII memorabilia, or simply memories from the past, as part of their project to preserve the base, which was home to the American 493rd Bomb Group during the war.

An open day on June 16 will show visitors the progress already being made to repair buildings and create a museum.

Attractions at the free open day will include tours of the airfield and Control Tower. The tower which is currently being restored, also needs interested individuals or groups to sponsor a room to help complete the project.


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Richard Taylor, owner of the airfield, said: "Debach airfield played an important role in defending Britain during the war. We believe it is important to preserve this unique piece of history for future generations. I hope interested people will come along and see what have done so far to commemorate the brave people who worked here."

The open day event will also stage a military vehicles display which will include jeeps, a tank destroyer and trucks. A flying display of large model aircraft will take place if the weather allows.

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The open day runs from 10.30am – 4.30pm, for further information contact Susan Brookes, Heritage Promotion Officer, at Suffolk County Council on 01473 583179.

Debach airfield is one of a series of WWII bases which are promoted by the Friars to Flyers project. The project, funded by Suffolk County Council and the Rural Development Programme, supports historical visitor attractions in east Suffolk.

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