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Meteor WD686, the last ‘plane to fly out of Defford before the airfield finally closed for flying in 1958, has returned – or at least the fully restored forward fuselage, nose, radome, cockpit, canopy – returned to the RAF Defford … Continue reading

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RAF Defford Halifax Accident – 75th Anniversary

The 7th June 2017 was the 75th anniversary of the worst accident, in terms of casualties, in the history of British military test flying. On the afternoon of Sunday 7th June 1942, a Handley Page Halifax bomber, V9977, took off … Continue reading

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New book now available – Defford Airfield 1941-57: A Pictorial History

Defford Airfield 1941-57: A Pictorial History, by Dennis Williams, is now available for purchase in the RAF Museum at the National Trust at Croome. This tells the fascinating history of RAF Defford from when part of the Croome Estate was … Continue reading

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Museum visitors in May

On Bank Holiday Monday 1 May, a milestone was reached in the RAF Defford Museum with our visitor numbers reaching, and exceeding, 150,000 since the museum was opened at the end of September 2014. Last Sunday 7 May, 16 visitors … Continue reading

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RAF Walks 2017

The first RAF Guided Walk of the year took place on Sunday 7th May 2017 at 11.30, departing from RAF Reception, Croome, and returning around 13:00. RAF Walks in 2017 are scheduled every month until October for the following dates: … Continue reading

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Michael Barnard exhibition in Croome Court continues

The Michael Barnard exhibition in Croome Court is still open. It is proving very popular. No date has been fixed for closure of this exhibition. Find out more at the NT Croome website: here.

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Autumn Volunteering at the Museum

Can you help us share Croome’s wartime story at the RAF Defford Museum? Find out more at the National Trust volunteering website. You can also Contact DAHG or National Trust Croome on 01905 371006, email: to find out more … Continue reading

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