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Hope that new museum at Old Buckenham Airfield could open by November

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A new museum at a south Norfolk airfield could be in open in time to commemorate 70 years since the end of the Second World War after a planning application was submitted to Breckland Council.

Old Buckenham Airfield was the base for the 453rd Bombardment Group of the 8th US Air Force, from 1943 to the end of the conflict.

Two applications have been submitted for a pair of buildings, which would both be bespoke built to the plans of original WWII Nissen Huts.

The first, to be located adjacent to the War Memorial garden, would host a “sizeable” collection of artefacts, with a number of items having been donated by relatives and veterans of the group.

The second building would provide sanitation facilities for large shows, such as the Old Buckenham Airshow, and Military and Vintage Revival, which are hosted at the airfield.

This would be positioned to the north of the airfield’s large parking field.

A statement on behalf of the Airfield read: “Both buildings will be entirely funded by the airfield ownership.

“It is hoped that, if permission is granted,both buildings will be erected in the summer, with the new museum building potentially opening on Remembrance Sunday 2015, where a large contingent of veterans and relatives of the 453rd are expected to celebrate 70 years since the end of World War II.”

“Further details about the collection to be housed at the museum will be given at the appropriate time.

“In the interim no further comment will be made by the airfield until the planning process is complete.”

For more information on Old Buckenham Airfield, see www.oldbuck.com

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