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RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre


The RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre tells the stories of the 1st USAF Atomic base out side of America and the only atomic USAF base in Norfolk. It was the largest USAF base during the fifties, being on the front line of the atomic deterrent against the Soviet Union for a decade. At one point the base had over 10,000 personnel stationed on base.

Information available in the Heritage Centre detailing:
The special WW2 RAF operations.
The 1953 Tidal Surge Heroes of Sculthorpe.
The First Spy Flight's Over the Soviet Union using American planes with RAF crews and markings (Operation Jiu Jitsu)
The"Atomic" incident in 1958.
The Flintlock exercises thought the 80s.
Flight log book and flying helmet used in the first Anglo American spyflight, operation Jiu Jitsu.
Many items from the 67th SOS based at Mildenhall.

We now have both George Medals awarded to Reis Leming and Freeman Kilpatrick for Saving 45 people Respectively in the 1953 floods. A display on Major General David Jones, First 47th BW commander from 1952 to 1955. Jones was also a Doolittle raider and part of the escape committee in Stalag Luft III.


RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre

Green Park Rural Centre,

Chapel Street, Wicken Green,

Sculthorpe, Norfolk, NR21 7RR

Tel: 07766 715548



(click map for directions)

Opening times:


April to October (1st Sunday)

11am - 4pm


November to March (1st Sunday)

12pm - 4pm


We can open privately but must be arranged prior to any visit.

Admission Prices:



(donations appreciated)



Bar in Rural Centre (+tea/coffee)


Ample Parking

Disabled Access

Aircraft exhibits:


Douglas RB-66 Destroyer bomber (wreckage)
(Includes part of the J71 jet engine)

Parts from the ultra rare B-45 bomber

Jaguar GR4 (formerly based at RAF Coltishall

F105 Thunderchief Drop Tank Pylon

Wreckage of a B-45 plus two front entrance doors.



Model Aircraft

Uniforms & Personal Effects

Dress up area for kids

Photos: (click to view larger files)