List of Norfolk airfields

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This is a list of current or former military airfields within the English county of Norfolk, East Anglia. They may have been used by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), Royal Air Force (RAF), Army Air Corps (AAC), Fleet Air Arm (FAA), United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) or the United States Air Force (USAF).

For a list of current RAF stations in the UK and abroad, see List of Royal Air Force stations and for former stations see List of former Royal Air Force stations.

Name Alt Name Used by Dates Current use Notes
RAF Attlebridge USAAF Station 120 (8th Air Force) RAF, USAAF June 1941 – 5 August 1956 Farmland [1]
RAF Bacton RNAS Bacton RNAS, RAF 1915 – March 1919 Farmland First World War Landing Ground.[2]
RAF Barton Bendish RAF September 1939 – October 1942 Farmland Second World War Landing Ground.[3]
RAF Bircham Newton RAF, FAA May 1918 – December 1962 Now a training establishment to the civil Construction Industry Training Board Second World War Landing Ground.[4]
RAF Bodney USAAF Station 141 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF March 1940 – November 1945 Farmland Second World War Landing Ground.[5]
RAF Burgh Castle RNAS Burgh Castle RNAS, RAF 1915–1919 Open Land First World War Landing Ground.[6]
RAF Bylaugh Hall RAF 1943–1945 Private ownership Headquarters of No. 100 Group RAF.
RAF Coltishall USAAF Station 355 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF May 1940 – November 2006 HMP Bure The last operational WW2 airfield, closed in 2006, known as MoD Coltishall until its disposal.[7]
RAF Deopham Green USAAF Station 142 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF January 1944 – January 1948 Farmland Second World War Landing Ground.[8]
RAF Docking RAF July 1940 – September 1946 Farmland [9]
RAF Downham Market RAF 1942 – October 1946 Bexwell Industrial Estate [10]
RAF East Wretham USAAF Station 133 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF 1940 – July 1948 British Army use [11]
RAF Feltwell RFC, RAF, USAF November 1917 – Present Housing and education for USAF personnel [12]
RAF Fersfield USAAF Station 140 / 554 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF 1944 – March 1946 Farmland [13]
RAF Foulsham RAF May 1942 – June 1962 Farmland/Industry [14]
RAF Great Massingham RAF July 1940 – November 1950 (closed to flying) Farmland/Limited Flying Bomber station.[15]
RAF Great Yarmouth RNAS Great Yarmouth RNAS, RAF April 1913 – November 1920 Housing Land and seaplane base during WWI.[16] In WW2 used by No. 16 Recruits Centre from 1941–1946 (AIR 29/504)[17]
RAF Hardwick USAAF Station 104 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF September 1942 – August 1946 Farmland/Limited Flying [18]
RAF Harling Road RFC Harling Road RFC, RAF December 1916 – March 1920 Industry First World War.[19]
RAF Hethel USAAF Station 114 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF 1942 – June 1948 Lotus Cars/Hethel Engineering Centre [20]
RAF Hickling Broad RAF August 1918 – September 1919 Moorings [21]
RAF Hingham RFC Hingham RFC, RAF 1916–1919 Farmland First World War Landing Ground.[22]
RAF Holt RNAS Holt RNAS, RAF November 1915 – 1920s Farming/ Open land First World War Landing Ground.[23]
RAF Horsham St Faith USAAF Station 123 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF 1940–1967.[24] Norwich International Airport [25]
RAF Knettishall USAAF Station 136 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF January 1943 – 1957 Farmland [26]
RAF Langham RAF, FAA 1940–1961 Turkey farm/Heritage site Joint Fleet Air Arm/RAF.[27]
RAF Little Snoring RAF 1943–1958 Private airfield Bomber station.[28]
RAF Ludham RNAS Ludham (HMS Flycatcher) RAF, RNAS November 1941 – April 1946 Farmland/housing/landing strip Allocated to US 8th AF as Station 177, but not used.[29][30]
RAF Marham RFC Marham RFC, RAF 1916–1919, 1935–present Current home to the Panavia Tornado GR4 [31]
RAF Matlaske USAAF Station 178 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF 1940–1946 Farmland [32]
RAF Mattishall RFC Mattishall RFC, RAF November 1915 – May 1919 Farmland First World War.[33]
RAF Methwold RAF 1938–1958 Farmland/industry [34]
RAF Mousehold Heath RFC Mousehold Heath, Norwich Municipal Airport RFC, Civil, RAF 1914–1933 Housing Estate & Light Industry [35]
RAF Narborough RNAS Narborough, RFC Narborough RNAS, RFC, RAF August 1915 – December 1919 Farmland [36]
RAF North Creake Code Name: WORKER RAF (No. 100 Group, 199 & 171 Sqns) 1943–1947 Farmland/housing/industry The Control Tower is now a Bed and Breakfast,[37] with the rest of the site in agricultural use with some light industry in the former airfield buildings.[38]
RAF North Pickenham USAAF Station 143 RAF, USAAF 1944–1963 Runways used by Bernard Matthews as bases for turkey sheds. Thor IRBM site now used by Anglia Karting. Thor IBRM station 1958–1963.[39]
RAF Old Buckenham USAAF Station 144 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF 1943–1960 Old Buckenham Airport [40]
RAF Oulton RAF July 1940 – August 1952 Farmland [41]
RAF Pulham RNAS Pulham RNAS, RAF 1915–1948 Farmland Used for the development of British airships between the wars.[42]
RAF Rackheath USAAF Station 145 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF 1944–1945 Farmland/industrial [43]
RAF Sculthorpe RAF, USAAF, USAF January 1943 – October 1992 Housing/industry/MoD training area [44]
RAF Sedgeford RNAS Sedgeford, RFC Sedgeford RNAS, RFC, RAF 1915–1919, 1940–1944 Farmland Used as decoy airfield during WWII.[45]
RAF Seething USAAF Station 146 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF 1943–1945 Seething Airfield [46]
RAF Shipdham USAAF Station 115 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF 1942–1957 Shipdham Airfield [47]
RAF Snetterton Heath USAAF Station 138 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF 1943–1952 Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit [48]
RAF Swannington RAF April 1944 – November 1947 Farmland/industry [49]
RAF Swanton Morley Robertson Barracks RAF, Army 1940-present Robertson Barracks [50]
RAF Thetford RFC Thetford RFC, RAF 1915–1920, 1940–1942 Farmland Used as decoy airfield during WWII.[51]
RAF Thorpe Abbotts USAAF Station 139 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF 1943–1956 Farmland/civil aviation Home of 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum.[52]
RAF Tibenham RFC Tibenham, USAAF Station 124 (8th AF) RFC, RAF, USAAF 1916–1920, 1942–1959 Airfield Now owned by Norfolk Gliding Club.[53]
RAF Watton USAAF Station 376 / 505 RAF, USAAF 1939–1992 Housing/civil aviation/army training/HM Prison Wayland [54]
RAF Wendling USAAF Station 118 (8th AF) RAF, USAAF 1943–1961 Farmland [55]
RAF West Raynham RAF, FAA May 1939 – June 1994 Farmland/housing [56]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Bacton". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Barton Bendish". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bircham Newton". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bodney". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Burgh Castle". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Coltishall". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Deopham Green". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Docking". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Downham Market (Bexwell)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "East Wretham". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Feltwell". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Fersfield (Winfarthing)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Foulsham". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
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  41. ^ "Oulton". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  42. ^ "Pulham". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  43. ^ "Rackheath". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
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  45. ^ "Sedgeford". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
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  50. ^ "Swanton Morley". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  51. ^ "Thetford (Snarehill)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
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  56. ^ "West Raynham". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 

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