The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum, Diss

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The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum, located in the original control tower and other remaining buildings of the RAF Thorpe Abbotts airfield east of Diss in Norfolk is dedicated to the American soldiers and members of the US 8th Air Force who fought with the allies in Norfolk in World War II. The area also became known as the "Fields of Little America" due to the number of Americans stationed there.
The entire former control tower is now museum space that highlights documents, photographs, uniforms and service equipment, plus a recreation of the original teleprinter room. The museum's collection includes a number of maps and other war-related artefacts from World War II's effects on the soldiers stationed there and how the group eventually came to be called the "Bloody Hundredth".
The roof of the control tower is known as the glasshouse, from where the remaining airstrips are visible. It remains as it was when the airfield was operational with the addition of a model of the airbase in the 1940s.
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  • This was a thought provoking place to visit. For me I found it interesting to think about the human cost and experiences of those airmen. My husband found the technical side interesting. It was a....  more »
  • Love this museum. Always visit when visiting family in the area. The tower is in excellent condition but I'm very impressed with the sheds and equipment on show. The cafĂ© is simple and well priced...  more »
  • It's was 17 years ago I first visited, and it was amazing to go back and see what a fantastic memorial museum it has become! It may be tucked away, but it is well worth searching out, the dedicated team of volunteers have turned it into a wonderful attraction, and you can get refreshments there, and a very nice gift shop too that supports the memorial. Be sure to check opening times if planning a visit.
  • Nice exhibitions a lot to read. Small gift shop and tea and coffee facilities with tables and chairs. Toilets available. Free parking and free entry. Donations accepted. Lots to read in the different buildings. Very interesting place and the staff were very nice and took interest in us and our baby.

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