East Essex Aviation Museum

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Military Museum housed in a Napoleonic Martello Tower. Includes Second World War Material.

Military Museum  housed in a Napoleonic Martello Tower. Includes Second World War Material. 

The Society was formed in 1985 when interest grew locally in the recovery of a crashed American P51 Mustang of the U.S. 479th Fighter Group that was forced to ditch in the sea off the coast of Clacton on 13th of January, 1945 with the loss of the pilot's life. The Tower was the ideal place to store and preserve the wreckage after it was retrieved from the sea.

 The remains of this aircraft now take pride of place along with a memorial display to the pilot. In addition to this, the Museum also houses a large collection of displays covering the major conflicts of the 20th century.

Museum entrance

Museum entrance

View of Mustang 51 fighter, part of Museum collections

View of Mustang 51 fighter, part of Museum collections

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