Members of the British Aviation Archaeological Council
Approximate locations of members are given on the map, below, a full list with further details if given below the map.
Group Members of the BAAC
The member groups with full membership are all from the British Isles, and are named groups with multiple members. They each choose their own areas of interest and expertise, some primarily carry out excavations and recoveries of historic aircraft while others carry out detailed research into accidents in their areas or throughout the British Isles.
|Bentwaters Aviation Society||Keeping the spirit of RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge alive & supplying staff & running the Bentwaters Cold War Museum.|
|City of Norwich Aviation Museum||Formed in 1977 as an enthusiast group, the museum opened to the public within a few years after they acquired a small number of airframes. Since then the museum has grown with more, and larger aircraft, being collected. Their two largest exhibits being Vulcan B. Mk.2 XM612 and Nimrod M.R. Mk.2 XV255. Along side the complete airframes are a number of cockpits and smaller exhibits.|
|Derbyshire Historical Aviation Society||One of the founding members of BAAC, the Derbyshire Historical Aviation Society was started in 1972, though it was 1974 when its present name was adopted. They have carried out a number of excavations in the East Midlands over the years, though most of the work has been concentrated in Derbyshire.|
|Devon Aircraft Research & Recovery Team|
|Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum||An aviation museum specialising in all aspects of historic aviation and preservation while also portraying the history of aviation in South West Scotland.|
|Fenland & West Norfolk Aircraft Preservation Society||The F&WNAPS originated in the mid 1970s and concentrated on aviation archaeology, but as more sites were excavated and more atefacts collected it soon became apparent that we would either have to find somewhere to display the items, or give up the archaeology. Luckily we were able to obtain a site and the Fenland & West Norfolk Aviation Museum was launched in the late 1980s. This has now grown into a very well known and respected museum, with a wide range of recovered aircraft from th Fens and their associated history of the crews, missions and fates, the erection of at least five memorials and has also expanded into airframes and the many other facets of aviation.|
|Geodetic Preservation Group||Wellington preservation / Restoration project, rebuilding of a Vickers Warwick tailplane section.|
|Historic Aircraft Recovery Team|
|Lancashire Aircraft Investigation Team|
|Lashenden Air Warfare Museum||One of the country's leading wreckology & aviation museums. Established in 1970 with displays from 1911 to the present day. Home of the UK's only Fieseler Fi103-R4 Reichberg piloted flying bomb.|
|Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group|
|Manx Aviation Preservation Society||Society preserving the aviation heritage of the Isle of Man with a focus on aviation archaeology and ongoing research into aircraft accidents and crash sites. Many artifacts recovered are displayed at the society's museum at Ronaldsway airport near Douglas.|
|Marches Aviation Society||With its origins in the Welsh Marches in the 1960s MAS have participated in many dozens of recoveries, mainly of the Battle of Britain & Blitz periods.|
|Midland Aircraft Recovery Group||We research and preserve the military aviation history of the Midlands. Restoration projects include Wellington IV Z1206, Airspeed Oxford I, Whitley, Hurricane and Harvard cockpits.|
|Northamptonshire Airfields & Aircraft Research Group|
|Peak District Air Accident Research||Formed from the Macclesfield Aviation Group in 2003 to research aviation related incidents in and around the Peak District National Park. The group are also actively researching and visiting high ground aircraft crash sites within the British Isles.|
|Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust||The Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust was founded to preserve the history of flying boat operations at Pembroke Dock with the ultimate aim of recovering Sunderland Mk.I T9044 from the sea bed off Pembroke and conserving those remains for future generations. They have a small museum, which opened in 2009, in one of the former military buildings around the dock.|
|Pennine Aviation - Research, Recovery & Restoration|
|Solway Aviation Society||Dedicated to aircraft preservation and the maintaining of a collection of aeroplanes and artefacts for the mutual enjoyment of members and the public.|
|South Wales Aviation Research Group|
|Sywell Aviation Museum||A museum on Sywell Aerodrome which promotes aviation past and present in Northamptonshire.|
|Thirsk Aircraft Recovery Group|
|Twinwood Aviation Society|
|Warplane Wreck Investigation Group||One of the very early members of the BAAC, having been active from the mid 1970s all over the UK but based in Merseyside.|
|Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group||Formed in 1978 as the Warplane Wreck Investigation Group (Midlands) to locate recover restore and display items from wartime aircraft it soon adopted its present name to avoid confusion with the pre-existing WWIG. Most of the collection was recovered from crash sites in & around Shropshire. The museum is at Sleap airfield near Wem and is open on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month from April to October.|
|Wattisham Station Heritage Group||Dedicated to the history of Wattisham airfield and aviation related matters in the local area.|
|Wessex Archaeology, Coastal and Marine|
|Yorkshire Aviation Archaeologists Group||The group is dedicated to Spitfire recovery and has the remains of Mk.Vb BL246 as a restoration project.|
Research Members of the BAAC
On the whole research members are individuals who do not belong to other member groups, their areas of interest are broadly similar to the groups lsited above though obviously conduct much of their work as individuals or as part of collaborative efforts with other researchers.
|Bob Collis||Bob's primary area of interest is Norfolk & Suffolk, having been researching and recovering aircraft since before the BAAC was formed.|
|David Arkle||Formed in 1962 as the Northern Aviation Preservation Society, believed to be the oldest voluntary aircraft preservation society in the country and founder members of the BAPC. The Aeroplane Collection is currently based at Hooton Park on part of the original 1917 Royal Flying Corp airfield just outside Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. We have eight airframe restoration projects at present & would love to hear from anyone interested in working on aircraft and joining our small group.|
|David Thompson||David is another long term member of the BAAC, his area of interest being the NE of England.|
|Kelvin T Youngs||Dedicated to the creation of online records about aircrew casualties with the direct asssistance from relatives. Also the creation of online loss databases that can be freely used by researchers and other interested parties.
To encourage other researchers to assist with expanding the website with a unique tool enabling them to add content directly.
And the promotion of the correct image for the B.A.A.C.
|Richard P Bateson|
Associate Members of the BAAC
All associate members of the British Aviation Archaeological Council are from outside of the British Isles.
|Air Crash Po||An active research and recovery group from northern Italy, so far they have recovered the remains of numerous aircraft and through their work have located and allowed the burial of previously missing airmen.|
|Aviation Archaeological Investigation & Research||Aviation archaeology organisation from the western USA.|
|Foundation Airwar Study Group [Groningen - Drenthe]||A group from the northern German / Dutch border.|
|Michael Charter||Canadian researcher from Ontario.|
BAAC Committee Officers
|Air Vice Marshal B L Robinbson FIMgt FRAeS RAF Rtd|
|Chairman||David Stansfield||Pennine Aviation - Research, Recovery & Restoration|
|Secretary||Graham Chaters||Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group|
|Membership Secretary & Treasurer||David Stubley||Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group|
|Information Officer||Mark Evans||Midland Aircraft Recovery Group|
|Webmaster||Alan Clark||Peak District Air Accident Research|
|Editor, Aviation Archaeologist||David Stansfield||Pennine Aviation - Research, Recovery & Restoration|