Seymour, Indiana: Freeman Army Airfield Museum

Fragments and parts of captured World War II enemy airplanes: German, Japanese, Italian. The airfield was in military operation from 1942-46.
1035 A. Ave., Seymour, IN
I-65 exit 50B. Drive west on US Hwy 50 about 2.5 miles, into the center of town. Turn left (south) at the hospital onto Hwy 11/Walnut St. Drive about a mile to the Freeman Field airport entrance on the right. Follow the museum signs from there.
Sa 10-1, or by appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free, donations accepted
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Enemy plane fragments.

Freeman Army Airfield Museum

Freeman Army Airfield played an important role in the Allied forces' destruction of the Nazi Luftwaffe. It was one of two bases (the other being Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio) where captured enemy aircraft were taken to be studied and test flown. The ME262 (the first combat-ready jet aircraft), the V1 "buzz bomb," the V2 rocket, and many other top secret German aircraft and weapons were brought here to find the strengths and weaknesses of their technology.

Following WWII, the aircraft not spoken for by museums were destroyed and buried on the property. The recovered parts on display at the Airfield Museum are from those captured enemy aircraft.

[C. L. Gill, 10/02/2016]

Air museum display.

Freeman Army Airfield Museum

This museum, at the airport in Seymour, chronicles the airport's history during World War II and shortly thereafter. What's unique about it is that it has a lot of parts from captured German, Japanese, and Italian airplanes (Sorry, no whole airplanes). There's a lot of other interesting stuff from the period as well, including the fire truck from World War II, firearms, models, uniforms, etc.

[Larry Bothe, 02/11/2016]

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