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Don Bradley at Waist Window

Station 139 at Thorpe Abbotts included a photography unit lead by John Schwarz that recorded daily life at the airfield as well as bombing missions. One of the museum’s most precious records is a rare 30 minute colour film showing 100th Bomb Group aircrew activities produced on the airbase by Schwarz and his team.

Several airmen also had their own cameras and took snapshots of the local area as well as photographs of aircraft and personnel. Through these photographs one can take a glimpse into the past and immerse oneself in what it was like living on a Norfolk airbase during World War Two. Many of the photographs from the museum archives are on display.

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