RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre, Warrington

4.6
#30 of 40 in Museums in Cheshire
Royal Air Force Burtonwood or more simply RAF Burtonwood is a former Royal Air Force station northwest of Warrington, Lancashire, England. It was also known as USAAF station 590.
Burtonwood airfield was opened on 1 January 1940 as a servicing and storage centre for modifying British aircraft. It was operated by No. 37 Maintenance Unit RAF until June 1942.
The facility was transferred to the United States Army Air Forces in June 1942 to become a servicing centre for the United States Eighth, Ninth, Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces aircraft. Burtonwood was also known as Base Air Depot 1 (BAD 1), although an RAF presence continued until October 1943.
Burtonwood was the largest airfield in Europe during the war with the most USAAF personnel and aircraft maintenance facilities. The roar of the engines in the test beds could be heard for miles around, especially at night. By the end of the war 18,000 servicemen were stationed at Burtonwood. According to some sources Burtonwood was placed strategically so that it was out of range of Luftwaffe bombers, but this is not true, as several Nazi air-raids were made on the facility. In any case the Luftwaffe bombed Belfast in 1941, which was much further away from Occupied Europe than Burtonwood. During their leave periods, American servicemen from Burtonwood virtually took over the centre of nearby Warrington.
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  • Not been to this museum for about 10 years and can’t believe how it’s extended and developed!! We spent about two hours at the museum and was given extra information by one of the employees Having...  more »
  • The staff of Burtonwood Heritage Museum are dedicated to preserving the memory of the men and women who served the allied effort through WWII and beyond at the largest air base in the European...  more »
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  • Considering I'd never heard of this museum until recently, I was very surprised how much stuff they have on display, bits of planes, uniforms, a US military jeep, mock ups of the living quarters, there are all sorts of random artifacts from the original site. The small church showing photos of some of the marriages between local women and US servicemen was interesting. The guy running the place, Neil, is very passionate and knowledgeable. I believe the owners of Gulliver's World provide most of the funding, credit to them for keeping local history alive.
  • Brilliant. Able to see how we lived and fought 50 years ago. Berlin airlift is a memory worth remembering. Especially the "candy bomber". 53rd Weather reconnaissance was a main player in RAF Burtonwood history. Great chats.

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