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ERNIE CROMIE BEM

Second World War Room

Display cabinets in the Ernie Cromie Second World War Room at the Ulster Aviation Society

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

The Ulster Aviation Society is home to the Ernie Cromie Second World War room, an exhibit dedicated to the brave men and women who served in the war and their contributions to aviation history.

 

This captivating exhibit is a must-visit for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts alike, offering a unique insight into the wartime experience.

At the heart of the Ernie Cromie Second World War room is an interactive aircraft crash map.

 

This map, developed by volunteer Mal Deeley (from original research by the late Ernie Cromie BEM) interactively displays the locations of aircraft crashes throughout Northern Ireland during the Second World War, providing a fascinating insight into the challenges faced by pilots during that time.

Second World War Interactive Aircraft Crash Map in the Ulster Aviation Society

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

The map also includes detailed information on each crash, including the aircraft type, crew details, and cause of the accident, providing a poignant reminder of the human cost of war.

The exhibit also features a collection of medals, uniforms, and other memorabilia from the war, providing a glimpse into the lives of those who served. Visitors can explore the various artefacts and learn about the role played by the Royal Air Force, the United States Army Air Forces, and other Allied air forces in the war effort.

Medals of Group Captain Victor Beamish in the Ernie Cromie BEM Second World War Room at the Ulster Aviation Society. Image: Mark J. Cairns

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

The collection includes uniforms from RAF pilots, navigators, and ground crew, as well as medals awarded for bravery and service.

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

Air Raid Siren, Anderson Shelter and Gas Masks outside the Ernie Cromie Second World War Room at the Ulster Aviation Society

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

There's also a replica tin Anderson Shelter, Morrison Table Shelter (above), Air Raid Siren (above), Gas Masks, Replica heavy bomb, plus information on the two months of the Belfast Blitz during April to May 1941.

Belfast Blitz and Replica Heavy Bomb outside the Ernie Cromie Second World War Room at the Ulster Aviation Society

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

One of the standout features of the exhibit is its collection of personal items belonging to individuals who served during the war.

 

These items offer a unique insight into the experiences of those who served, providing a glimpse into their lives both on and off the battlefield.

 

Visitors can explore letters, diaries, and photographs, gaining a deeper understanding of the personal sacrifices made by those who fought for their country.

Ernie Cromie Second World War Room aircraft model display in the Ulster Aviation Society. Image: Mark J. Cairns

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

The Ernie Cromie Second World War room is a powerful tribute to the men and women who served in the war and their contributions to aviation history.

 

The exhibit, named after the Society's late Chairman, historian and author, Ernie Cromie BEM provides a unique opportunity to explore the human stories behind the war, gaining a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who fought for freedom.

 

Visitors to the Ulster Aviation Society can immerse themselves in the history of the Second World War, gaining a newfound respect for the bravery and dedication of those who served.

Military Uniforms and Display cabinets in the Ernie Cromie Second World War Room at the Ulster Aviation Society

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

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