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World War 1

 

Name

Also Known As

Used By

Dates

Current Use

Notes

RAF Bacton

RNAS Bacton

RNAS, RAF

1915 - 1919

Farmland

First World War Landing Ground

RAF Burgh Castle

RNAS Burgh Castle

RNAS, RAF

1915 - 1919

Open land


RAF Freethorpe

RFC Freethorpe

RAF, RFC

1915 - 1919

Farmland


RAF Frettenham

RFC Frettenham

RAF, RFC

1916 - 1919

Farmland


RAF Gooderstone Warren

RFC Gooderstone Warren

RAF, RFC

1916 - 1919

Farmland


RAF Great Yarmouth

RNAS Great Yarmouth

RNAS, RAF

1913 - 1920

Camp site

Land and seaplane

RAF Harling Road

RFC Harling Road

RFC, RAF

1916 - 1920

Industry

Used by Army for storage in WW2

RNAS Hickling Broad


RAF

1918 - 1919

Moorings


RAF Hingham

RFC Hingham

RFC, RAF

1916 - 1919

Farmland


RAF Holt






RAF Marham

RFC Marham

RFC, RAF

1916 - 1919



RFC Marsham


RFC

1915 - 1918

Unknown (exact location not known)


RAF Mattishall

RFC Mattishall

RFC, RAF

1915 - 1919

Farmland


RAF Mousehold Heath

RFC Mouthhold Heath / Norwich Municipal Airport

RFC, RAF, Civil

1914 - 1933

Housing estate and light industry

Near Boulton and Paul Aircraft works

RAF Narborough

RNAS Narborough / RFC Narborough

RAF, RNAS, RFC

1915 - 1919

Farmland


RAF Pulham

RNAS Pulham

RNAS, RAF

1915 - 1948

Farmland

Used for the development of British airships between the wars

During WW2 used as dump for crashed aircraft

RAF Saxthorpe

RFC Saxthorpe / Aylsham

RAF, RFC

1916 - 1919

Farmland


RAF Sedgeford

RNAS Sedgeford / RFC Sedgeford

RNAS, RAF, RFC

1915 - 1919

Farmland


RAF Sporle

RFC Sporle

RAF, RFC

1916 - 1919

Unknown (exact location not known)


RAF Thetford

RFC Thetford / Snarehill

RFC, RAF

1915 - 1920

Farmland / Open land


RAF Tibenham

RFC Tibenham / USAAF Station 124

RFC, RAF, USAAF

1916 - 1920

Airfield / Gliding club


RAF Tottenhill

RFC Tottenhill

RFC, RAF

1918 - 1919

Unknown (exact location not known)


RAF West Rudham

RFC West Rudham / Fakenham

RFC, RAF

1916 - 1919

Unknown


 

World War 2

 

Name

Also Known As

Used By

Dates

Current Use

Notes

RAF Attlebridge

USAAF Station 120 / Weston Longville

RAF, USAAF

1941 - 1956

Turkey huts and Agriculture

Maybe wind turbines in the future

RAF Barton Bendish


RAF

1939 - 1942

Farmland

Satellite to RAF Marham

RAF Bircham Newton


RAF, FAA

1918 - 1962

Construction & Industrial Training Board


RAF Bodney

USAAF Station 141

RAF, USAAF

1940 - 1945

Agriculture and Army training ground


RAF Bylaugh Hall


RAF

1943 - 1945

Private ownership

Headquarters of No. 100 Group RAF

RAF Coltishall

USAAF Station 355

RAF, USAAF

1940 - 2006

Prison and Housing

Possible aircraft recycling plant

RAF Deopham Green

USAAF Station 142

RAF, USAAF

1944 - 1948

Agriculture and Roads

Was used for light aircraft but not any more, runways now used as roads

RAF Docking


RAF

1940 - 1946

Agriculture


RAF Downham Market

Bexwell

RAF

1942 - 1946

Agriculture and Industrial estate


RAF East Wrentham

USAAF Station 133

RAF, USAAF

1940 - 1948

Agriculture and British Army


RAF Feltwell


RFC, RAF, USAF

1917 - present

Housing and education for USAF personnel

Distribution depot

RAF Fersfield

USAAF Station 140 / RAF Winfarthing

RAF, USAAF

1944 - 1946

Agriculture


RAF Foulsham


RAF

1942 - 1962

Agriculture, Industrial Estate

Alleged film studio

RAF Fulmodestone


RAF

1940 - 1944

Farmland

Used as decoy airfield during WW2 for Foulsham, was bombed several times

RAF Great Massingham


RAF

1940 - 1950

Agriculture and Museum

Bomber station, used for limited light aircraft flying

RAF Hardwick

USAAF Station 104

RAF, USAAF

1942 - 1946

Agriculture and Museum

Used for limited light aircraft flying

RAF Hethel

USAAF Station 114

RAF, USAAF

1942 - 1948

Lotus Cars


RAF Horsham St Faith

USAAF Station 123

RAF, USAAF

1940 - 1967

Norwich Airport and Museum


RAF Knettishall

USAAF Station 136

RAF, USAAF

1943 - 1957

Farmland


RAF Langham


RAF, FAA

1940 - 1961

Turkey farm and Heritage site


RAF Little Snoring


RAF

1943 - 1958

Airfield, Storage and Manufacture

McAully Flying Group (formerly Fakenham Flying Group)

RAF Ludham

RNAS Ludham / HMS Flycatcher

RAF, RNAS

1941 - 1946

Agriculture, Housing and Light aircraft


RAF Marham

RFC Marham

RFC, RAF

1935 - present

Current home to the Panavia Tornado GR4

One of the oldest RAF bases in Norfolk and Queens airport

RAF Matlaske

USAAF Station 178

RAF, USAAF

1940 - 1946

Agriculture


RAF Methwold


RAF

1938 - 1958

Agriculture and Storage


RAF North Creake

Egmere / Code Name: WORKER

RAF

1943 - 1947

Agriculture, Housing, Cattle feed & corn company and Light Industry

The Control Tower is now a Bed and Breakfast

RAF North Pickenham

USAAF Station 143

RAF, USAAF

1944 - 1963

Agriculture, Storage & Transport, Light Industry and Wind farm

Thor IBRM station 1958–1963

RAF Old Buckenham

USAAF Station 144

RAF, USAAF

1943 - 1960

Old Buckenham Airfield


RAF Oulton


RAF

1940 - 1952

Agriculture, Turkey and Pig huts


RAF Rackheath

USAAF Station 145

RAF, USAAF

1944 - 1945

Agriculture & Industrial Estate


RAF Sculthorpe


RAF, USAAF, USAF

1943 - 1992

Dump for tyres, Industrial estate and New village

Still used by USAF/MoD for training

RAF Sedgeford

RNAS Sedgeford / RFC Sedgeford

RNAS, RAF, RFC

1940 - 1944

Farmland

Used as decoy airfield during WW2

RAF Seething

USAAF Station 146

RAF, USAAF

1943 - 1945

Agriculture, Light Aircraft, Aviation workshops, Museum & Astronomical observatory


RAF Shipdham

USAAF Station 115

RAF, USAAF

1942 - 1947

Agriculture, Flying club & Industrial estate


RAF Snetterton Heath

USAAF Station 138

RAF, USAAF

1943 - 1952

Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit, Sunday market and Distribution centre


RAF Swannington


RAF

1944 - 1947

Agriculture and Chicken huts


RAF Swanton Morley

Robertson Barracks

RAF, Army

1940 - present

Robertson Barracks


RAF Thetford

RFC Thetford / Snarehill

RFC, RAF

1940 - 1942

Farmland / Open land

Used as decoy airfield during WW2

RAF Thorpe Abbotts

USAAF Station 139

RAF, USAAF

1943 - 1956

Agriculture, Museum and Civil aviation


RAF Tibenham

RFC Tibenham / USAAF Station 124

RFC, RAF, USAAF

1942 - 1959

Airfield / Gliding club


RAF Watton

USAAF Station 376 / 505

RAF, USAAF

1939 - 1992

Housing, Prison


RAF Wendling

USAAF Station 118

RAF, USAAF

1943 - 1961

Agriculture and Industry


RAF West Raynham


RAF, FAA

1939 - 1994

Kart track, Motor cycle training and  Housing


RAF Weybourne

Muckleburgh

RAF

1939 - 1942

Limited flying and Access to Museum



Stiffkey




Holiday camping site

Was not an airfield as most people would think of an airfield. But to supply the anti- aircraft gun training units with targets.  A catapult was used to launch radio controlled pilot-less old Tiger Moths, called Queen Bees into the air.

Later in the war the US army built an A2 Rotary launcher which launched (not sure what scale) model planes into the sky to be shot down by the gunners.

 

 

 

Original research / notes below by Richard Gray - above contains updated information and improved layout - changed 10/08/18 by Darren Rose

 

Here’s all Norfolk’s WW2 Airfields. I have missed one as no one’s supposed to know it was used as an airfield, and it is still a grass field.

 

Attlebridge.   USAAF station 120  (Weston Longville.) Turkey huts and agriculture. Maybe wind turbines in the future

Bircham Newton.  Construction &  Industrial Training Board

Bodney.    USAAF station 141  Agriculture  and  Army training ground.

Coltishall. HMP Prison &   housing.  Possible   Aircraft recycling plant

Deopham Green.   USAAF station 142   Agriculture.   Was used for light aircraft but not any more, runways are now used as roads

Docking.   Agriculture

Downham Market (Bexwell).  Agriculture  & Industrial Estate.

East  Wrentham. .   USAAF station 133  Part  Agriculture,  part Army.

Feltwell.   USAF   Distribution  depot

Fersfield. .   USAAF station 140 (Winsfarthing) .  Agriculture

Foulsham.  Agriculture, Inds Estate, & alleged   Film studio

Great  Massingham.   Agriculture and  Museum.

Hardwick.  .   USAAF station 104    Museum   and light aircraft

Hethel.  .   USAAF station 114  Lotus  Cars.

Horsham St Faiths. .   USAAF station 123  Norwich Airport  &  Museum.

Langham.  Turkey huts

Little Snoring.  Agriculture,  Mcaully flying club, storage & plane making.

Ludham   (HMS Flycatcher) .  Agriculture.   Light  Aircraft.  

Marham.   One of the oldest RAF bases in Norfolk. Queens   Airport.

Matlaske.  .  Agriculture.

Methwold. .  Agriculture  & Storage.

North Creake   (Egmere)  .  Agriculture,  Cattle feed  &  corn company and light industry.

North  Pickingham.    USAAF station 143.  Agriculture,  Storage  & Tpt , light Industry and wind farm

Old  Buckingham. .   USAAF station 144.   Light airfield.                

Oulton.   Agriculture,  turkey and pig huts.

Rackheath. .   USAAF station 145    Agriculture  &  Industrial Estate.

Sculthorpe.  Dump for tyres, Industrial Estate, new village & still used by USAF for training.

Seething. .   USAAF station 146.  Agriculture & light Aircraft, aviation workshops, museum &   Astronomical  observatory .

Shipdham. .   USAAF station 115.  Agriculture,   flying club & industrial estate.

Snetterton. .   USAAF station 138.    Race track, Sunday market and distribution centre

Stiffkey .    Holiday camping site.

Swannington.  .  Agriculture  and  chicken huts.

Swanton Morley. Army   Light Dragoons.

Thorpe Abbotts. .   USAAF station 149.  Agriculture and   museum .

Tibenham (Tivetshall) .   USAAF station 124.  Gliding club.

Watton.  .   RAF base then later USAAF station 376. Housing.

Wendling (Beeston) .   USAAF station 118.   Agriculture  and  industry.

West  Raynham.  Kart track, Motor cycle training, housing.

Weybourne.  Still  used to access  Muckleborough  Museum.

 

Stiffkey was not an airfield as most people would think of an airfield. But to supply the anti- aircraft gun training units with targets.  A catapult was used to launch radio controlled pilotless old Tiger Moths, called Queen Bees into the air.

Late in the war the US army built an A2 Rotary launcher which launched (not sure what scale) model planes into the sky to be shot down by the gunners.

See this thread.

http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?t=52436&highlight=stiffkey&page=2

 

52 Airfields in Norfolk  possible if you include all the decoy sites.

Like this one at Fulmodestone, decoy for foulsham.   Was bombed several times.

WW1 Fields in Norfolk  24.  Bacton, Burgh Castle, Easham, Freethorpe,  Frettenham,  Gooderstone, Gt Yarmouth, Harling road (Close to Snetterton used by Army for storage in WW2), Hickling Broad, Hingham, Holt, Kings Lynn, Marsham , Mousehold  Heath (nr Boulton and Paul aircraft works), Narborough,  North  Elmham, Norwich (Cromer Rd  Mann Egerton works), Saxthorpe,  Sporle, Pulham (Airships),  Sedgeford,  Thetford  (Snarehill )( WW2 Bombing range), Tottenhill  and  West Rudham.