First as a successful member of 2 Group, RAF, and latterly as part of 100 Group, RAF, the station was instrumental in winning the war – as documented by the Luftwaffe themselves. The aircraft flown from the station ranged from Blenheim medium bombers to the famous Fortress heavy bomber.
Since 1995, the Blickling Estate has housed an ever-growing collection of objects, documents and oral histories relating to the working life of RAF Oulton. The museum now occupies the same space that was used as accommodation for leading Air Crew and Wing Sergeants during the war. We know this because of the records we have and the graffiti they left us.
A new chapter
The museum was relocated in 2011 which gave us the opportunity to improve and enlarge the displays.
We have also created a mock ‘crew room’. Whilst on operations, crews would spend time before and after each flight in a room designed to lower stress and improve morale. It also became an informal office for men writing letters and doing minor chores. We have added a large case to ours – a case we found on site, in pieces, giving us a nice jigsaw puzzle to solve.
We've scoured local shops and auctions to find the right furniture and borrowed items from the Blickling collection to fit the room out. It boasts a period wireless and a bookcase as well as reproduction paperwork and newspapers for visitors to read. We have also fitted a new case, showing more objects from our collections – donated by families whose relatives served here during the war.
An ex-crew member from RAF Oulton gave the crew room his official seal of approval soon after its opening, saying it brought back so many memories.
Visit the crew room and imagine how you would have felt and behaved in those dark hours before an operation.