In October 1945, the French Heavy Bomber Squadrons based here at Elvington were finally able to return home to Bordeaux. President of the Groupes Lourds Association Paul Bogaert recounts the return of 346 and 347 Squadrons as they fly from Elvington to Bordeaux in October 1945. After 23 months of operations from the RAF Station […]
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We are so pleased to announce that our beloved Yorkshire Air Museum has been awarded £312,531 under the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This is a difficult time […]
One of the last few remaining extraordinary members of 346 squadron sadly passed away this week. We were blessed to have welcomed him at Elvington only a few years ago. Enrolled in the French Air Force as a volunteer just before the Second World War, he was a student pilot at Rochefort. When the Germans […]
We remember Alfred PENDARIÈS from 346 Guyenne Squadron who passed away in April 2020. Born on 18th April 1924 in Rullac-St-Cyr, Aveyron, France, Alfred PENDARIÈS joined the forces on his 18th birthday and left for Casablanca. In 1944, he decided to join the R.A.F. After qualifying as an air gunner in Morpeth on 2nd June […]
The Yorkshire Air Museum has received National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage The Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial at Elvington near York has been awarded £134,300 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help it recover from the effects of the lockdown. The museum […]
Today is the funeral of museum volunteer guide Harry Welch. Sadly, we cannot be there with his family in the current situation. Instead, here are some thoughts from Barbara George, Museum Director, on Harry’s contribution to our museum community. ‘Harry was passionate about aviation and history and absolutely loved the museum. His enthusiasm and great […]