Hardwick - 93 Bomb Group Museum - 21st October 2018
On Sunday I went with my parents to the 93rd Bomb Group Museum, Hardwick as this was the last day of the season and we wanted to see Maurice Hammond and what was on display.
On arrival we had a cup of coffee in the NAAFI before having lunch and then going to see the Hardwick Warbird Collection. Outside on the grass strip were Maurice's Auster, Cessna, Harvard and the newly serviced Stearman, which was having its engine tested. It had recently been repainted navy blue and looked really smart in the autumn sunshine. Maurice is doing very well and he is back flying after the nasty accident in the Mustang "Janie". His wife was selling raffle tickets and poppies for the British Legion and there were also tables for face painting and tombola. In addition Maurice was driving his White Halftrack with his family and various children onboard, flying the Union Jack.
Hidden in the hanger was a Dodge truck from Metfield Suffolk, which is being restored by Maurice and his team. He is expecting it to take about three years before it is running. Back at the museum we saw Rosie and Peter from the Club amongst others. While we were chatting, a Stearman from Tibenham arrived. There were also a few visiting vehicles, including a 1961 Wolseley 1500 car and a Morris Commercial van. My Dad was pleased to see both these vehicles as they were like the ones he remembered from his apprenticeship days at work in the 50's and 60's.

Andrew Elphick

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