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RAF Bircham Newton

RAF Bircham Newton
Near Bircham Newton, Norfolk in England
RAF Bircham Newton is located in Norfolk
RAF Bircham Newton
RAF Bircham Newton
Shown within Norfolk
Coordinates
Type Royal Air Force station
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Royal Air Force
Site history
Built 1917 (1917), 1938
In use 1918-1966 (1966)
Airfield information
Elevation 70 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.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Squadrons 1.1
    • Units 1.2
  • Current use 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
    • Citations 4.1
    • Bibliography 4.2
  • External links 5

History

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

Units

  • No. 1 AACU 'B' Flight.[40]
  • No. 1 AACU 'C' Flight.[40]
  • No. 1 AACU 'D' Flight.[40]
  • No. 1 AACU 'K' Flight.[40]
  • No. 1 AACU 'M' Flight.[40]
  • No. 2 APC.[40]
  • No. 2 General Reconnaissance Unit.[40]
  • No. 3 Fighting School.[40]
  • No. 3 School of Aerial Fighting & Gunnery.[40]
  • No. 5 Communications Squadron.[40]
  • No. 6 Communications Squadron.[40]
  • No. 7 AACU.[40]
  • No. 7 Comms Sqn.[40]
  • No. 8 Comms Sqn.[40]
  • No. 18 (RCAF) ACHU.[40]
  • No. 27 ACHU.[40]
  • No. 54 MU.[40]
  • No. 157 (General Reconnaissance) Wing.[40]
  • No. 401 Met Flight.[40]
  • No. 403 Met Flight.[40]
  • 811 Naval Air Squadron.[40]
  • 812 Naval Air Squadron.[40]
  • 815 Naval Air Squadron.[40]
  • 816 Naval Air Squadron.[40]
  • 819 Naval Air Squadron.[40]
  • 826 Naval Air Squadron.[40]
  • 855 Naval Air Squadron.[40]
  • No. 1401 Met Flight.[40]
  • No. 1403 Met Flight.[40]
  • No. 1525 BAT Flight.[40]
  • No. 1555 RAT Flight.[40]
  • No. 1559 RAT Flight.[40]
  • No. 1611 (AAC) Flight.[40]
  • No. 1612 (AAC) Flight.[40]
  • No. 1626 (AAC) Flight.[40]
  • Air Crew Allocation Centre.[40]
  • Air Sea Rescue Training Unit.[40]
  • Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit.[40]
  • Coastal Command Preparation Pool.[40]
  • Officers Advanced Training School.[40]
  • Transport Command Initial Conversion Unit.[40]
  • Warwick Training Unit.[40]

Current use

After closure as an operational airfield in 1966, the airfield became the home of the Construction Industry Training Board. The runways have gone, but the majority of buildings on the site, including some hangars and the control tower, 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

References

Citations

  1. ^ a b c Jefford 1988, p. 64.
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^
  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
  41. ^ Airfield Archeology - Bircham Newton
  42. ^

Bibliography

External links

  • RAF Bircham Newton Memorial Project
  • Wartime Memory Projects - Bricham Newton
  • Interwar photographs of Bircham Newton
  • Royal Air Force Administrative Apprentice Association Royal Air Force Bircham Newton
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