"There is now a museum at the base. It is located in the
second [British first] floor of what used to be the base commander's
building, some called it the Combat Spt. Gp. It consists of three large
rooms, one being a audio/visual room. The other two contain photos, letters,
scrapbooks, and posters, and show the base from it's beginning in WW I,
between the wars, WW II, and the Cold War. Very interesting, to say the
least. RAF Upper Heyford is the only base in the world that had an aircraft
named after it. The Heyford was a twin engine, bi-plane bomber that saw
service between the wars, and to my knowledge never fired a shot, or dropped
a bomb in anger. One of the UH SAC commanders, Col. Baxter, stopped by this
past summer and donated his scrapbook to the museum. If anyone gets over to
UH, take time to check out the museum, and ask to see Col. Baxter's
scrapbook. You will need a couple of hours to walk the museum, and at least
1/2 hour to look through his scrapbook. Col. Baxter was C.O. there in the
mid-60's, I know because he left shortly before I arrived there in March
1965. The guys who had served there during SAC's reign were more than happy
to have the base under USAFE control!
To gain access to the museum, you must contact the North Oxfordshire
Consortium [ phone number: 01144-1869-238200 ] and request a visit; I
contacted them through Directory Inquiries and my wife and I got the tour
that afternoon. The video they show is outstanding, and if they can get
copyright issues resolved, it will someday be available for purchase. I
definitely recommend buying a copy, if it ever does come available.
Don Todd runs the museum. Let people know that the museum
is interested in memorabilia that people want to donate."
75th Cmbt Supt Gp, 65 - 67
20 TFW, 1984 - 1987
1984 - 1985: 77th AMU NCOIC
1985: 20th EMS Maint Supt.
1986: 20th AGS Maint. Supt.
1986 - 1987: 20th TFW Maint. Supt.