384th Bombardment Group Museum

Where the Project is:
Trustees of the 384th Bombardment Group Museum, having had their application for UK Charity status approved, are now in the final negotiations for the purchase of the Ops Block and Norden buildings.

Volunteers in England have organized to establish the 384th Bombardment Group Museum on the grounds of the original Grafton Underwood Airfield. They have determined that, of the few remaining structures on the field, the Operations Block building provides the best starting nexus for their their Museum. Much will need to be done to make it structurally sound and secure for adding artifacts and displays, but with the diverse skills, backgrounds, and energy of the volunteers - and with the support of the 384th Bomb Group, Inc. and others - they will accomplish their goal, to

Keep The Show On The Road

FEBRUARY 2022: venit tempus - The Time Has Come


For a pictorial overview of the area being developed as a Museum, including wartime photos, current photos of the Site, and renderings of planned development, visit 384th Bombardment Group Museum on the Photo Gallery. Also learn more about their plans and progress on their Facebook. Also scroll down this page for a quick project overview.

Grafton Underwood Airfield Operations Block - Original Plans from 1944

Ops Block

This is the original layout of the Ops Block Area at Grafton Underwood Airfield, which the volunteers refer to as the "Site". North is at the top in this view.

  1. Picket Post
  2. Station H.Q. Offices: Two Nissen Huts connected by an enclosed passageway.
  3. Operations Block
  4. Crew Briefing Room Annexe: West Nissen Hut
  5. Interrogation & Office Annexe: East Nissen Hut
  6. Latrine
  7. Latrine
  8. M. & L. Plinth
  9. Bombsight Store and Workshop

Development Key
  • GREEN: Initial rehabilitation of existing structure
  • RED: Future rehabilitation of existing structure
  • YELLOW: Initial new construction, to be visitor center (Nissen Hut #2) and display/work space (Nissen Hut #5)
  • BLUE: Future new construction for additional display areas

Grafton Underwood Airfield Operations Block - Museum Plan

Museum Plan

This is the plan for developing the Ops Block Area at Grafton Underwood Airfield. North is to the upper left in this view.

The initial phase of development will commence with the purchase and securing the buildings on the Museum site. This will be followed by rehabilitation of the Ops Block building, installing utilities, construction and fitting out of the Group offices Nissen Hut as a Visitor Center and Museum offices, as well as creation of a car park.

Later phases envision construction of a second Nissen Hut in the space identified as the "S-2 (INTEL) BUILDING" and fitting it out as display and work space, while the remaining Nissen Hut locations will be considered for future development.

Grafton Underwood Airfield Operations Block - Then and Now


Ops Block

A distant view to the north-northwest of the Operations Block (Nissen huts obscure most of it). The Nissen huts in the foreground house the Station H.Q. Offices.


Ops Block

The Ops Block in October 2022 with 70+ years of forest growth cleared away. Photo taken from the Station H.Q. offices Nissen hut foundation.


Ops Block

A closer view, with a slightly more Northwesterly view direction.


Ops Block

The Nissen hut housing Station H.Q. offices was located on the near foundation, and the farther foundation is the base of the Nissen hut which was used for the Finance Office, and others.


Ops Block

A close-up view in the Northeasterly direction.


Ops Block

A close-up view in the northeasterly direction of the Nissen hut foundations, showing the bicycle racks (slots in the concrete). Note the corner of the Ops Block at left and the Norden Bombsight Bulding in the distance.


About $47,000 will be required for the initial purchase of buildings, plus a bit more for legal and administrative fees, security, insurance, etc. This is just the essential first step in establishing the Museum. Our contributions and pledges are needed NOW to enable the purchase of the buildings, and to plan future steps for creating this Museum.


For the convenience of Group members and other supporters of the 384th in the US, the Group has established mechanisms to receive, document, accumulate, and transfer donations. These monies will be transferred to the Museum UK)(bank account on an as-needed basis, in consultation with Neill Howarth and the Museum organization, by direct transfer from the 384th Bomb Group, Inc. US account to 384th Bomb Group Museum UK account. You may send your contributions to the Group Treasurer by personal checks or PayPal.

  1. For PayPal, send to Payments@384thBombGroup.com - and remember you must add a note to indicate the payment is for the MUSEUM. Note that PayPal assesses a fee for the service so you may prefer to send your donation by personal check.
  2. For payments by personal check, make them payable to 384th Bomb Group, Inc. and remember to write MUSEUM on the memo line to ensure proper disposition, and send them with your Donation Form to:

    384TH BG INC.
    WALDEN, NY 12586

  3. PLEDGE Your Future Support: Another means for you to provide your support is to make a pledge of your support in any amount, to be fulfilled in the future on a date of your choosing. Download and print the Pledge Form, and submit it according to instructions included. Pledging your support now, even if you are not ready to fulfill your contribution, is an important step that will allow the Museum group to make commitments and plan effectively to successfully undertake the project.

Note that the Donation and Pledge forms provide spaces for you to indicate your preferences for acknowledgements, "In Honor of" or "In Memory of" requests, or requesting anonymity for the donors, should you want to submit any such requests.

You may send your contributions to the 384th Bombardment Group Museum by direct bank transfer or personal check.

  1. Direct IBAN transfers to the Museum's UK account at Lloyds Bank PLC.

    Sort code 30-98-97
    Account 53111162
    IBAN GB86LOYD30989753111162
    BIC LOYDGB21031

  2. For payments by personal checks, make them payable to 384th Bomb Group Museum. Send them to:

    NN15 6TX
    [Also see U.K. MAIL NOTE below.]

Individuals in the US choosing to remit contributions directly to UK recipients should familiarize themselves with the fees that will be assessed as well as the exchange rates offered by the chosen mothod.

U.K. MAIL NOTE FOR US SENDERS: To enable prompt and accurate mail delivery, review the address format information provided by the Royal Mail (click on Best way to write a UK address on the page for an illustration). Put your return address on the BACK (click on Remember to include a return address on the Royal Mail page for an illustration).

This section revised on 21 February 2022.

The Staff of the 384th Bomb Group website and the Board of Directors of the 384th Bomb Group, Inc., express our gratitude to the Trustees of the 384th Bombardment Group Museum, Keith Andrews, Neill Howarth, and Matt Smith, as well as all the Museum volunteers their keen interest in, and dedication to, preserving the heritage of the 384th Bombardment Group. Their unflagging support of the 384th is helping to ...