RAF Bircham Newton

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RAF Bircham Newton
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svgNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Near Bircham Newton, Norfolk in England
RAF Bircham Newton is located in Norfolk
RAF Bircham Newton
RAF Bircham Newton
Shown within Norfolk
Coordinates52°52′37″N 000°39′09″E / 52.87694°N 0.65250°E / 52.87694; 0.65250Coordinates: 52°52′37″N 000°39′09″E / 52.87694°N 0.65250°E / 52.87694; 0.65250
TypeRoyal Air Force station
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
OperatorRoyal Air Force
Site history
Built1917 (1917), 1938
In use1918-1966 (1966)
Airfield information
Elevation70 metres (230 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
00/00  Asphalt
00/00  Asphalt
00/00  Asphalt

Royal Air Force Bircham Newton or more simply RAF Bircham Newton is a former Royal Air Force station located 2.1 miles (3.4 km) south east of Docking, Norfolk and 13.4 miles (21.6 km) north east of King's Lynn, Norfolk, England.

History[edit]

The site was first used during the First World War and received the largest British bomber of the time, the Handley Page V/1500. They would have carried out bombing missions against Berlin but the Armistice was arranged before any missions were actually flown.[1]

The airfield was equipped with one aircraft repair shed and three double bay general service sheds, although these had been demolished by 1937. It had two Belfast hangars, three C Type hangars, three Bellman hangars and ten Blister hangars.[2]

It operated through the Second World War as part of No. 16 Group RAF as part of Coastal Command.[3]

No. 206 Squadron RAF was one of the squadrons being based there, on maritime patrol duties.[4] Two satellite airfields, RAF Docking[5] and RAF Langham were opened to accommodate units.[6]

In 1965 the airfield was used for evaluation trials of the Hawker Siddeley Kestrel V/STOL aircraft.[7]

Squadrons[edit]

Units[edit]

Current use[edit]

After closure as an operational airfield in 1966, the airfield became the home of the Construction Industry Training Board. The area of the airfield once occupied by the grass runways has disappeared under the activities of construction equipment, but the majority of buildings on the site remain in use by the CITB.[41]The control tower was demolished in 2010 due to its poor condition.[2]

Constructionarium is also based within the estate, providing a week's practical learning opportunity for undergraduates.[42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jefford 1988, p. 64.
  2. ^ a b "RAF Bircham Newton airfield". Control Towers. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  3. ^ "RAF Bircham Newton". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Jefford 1988, p. 69.
  5. ^ Bowyer 1979, p. 61.
  6. ^ Bowyer 1979, p. 139.
  7. ^ Bowyer 1979, p. 68.
  8. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 26.
  9. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 27.
  10. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 30.
  11. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 31.
  12. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 36.
  13. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 37.
  14. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 38.
  15. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 39.
  16. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 41.
  17. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 42.
  18. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 44.
  19. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 51.
  20. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 53.
  21. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 54.
  22. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 57.
  23. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 67.
  24. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 72.
  25. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 74.
  26. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 75.
  27. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 78.
  28. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 79.
  29. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 81.
  30. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 82.
  31. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 83.
  32. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 86.
  33. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 89.
  34. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 90.
  35. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 94.
  36. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 95.
  37. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 96.
  38. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 98.
  39. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 105.
  40. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as "Bircham Newton". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  41. ^ Airfield Archeology - Bircham Newton Archived 9 October 2008 at Wikiwix
  42. ^ "Where is it held". Constructionarium. Retrieved 1 February 2014.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bowyer, M J.F. (1979). Action Stations: Vol 1. Wartime military airfields of East Anglia 1939-1945. Cambridge: Patrick Stephens Limited. ISBN 0-85059-335-2.
  • Jefford MBE, Wg Cdr C G (1988). RAF Squadrons. A comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF squadrons and their antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.

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