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2007 (© Jan W. Faul)
RAF Bircham Newton airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, National Construction College
Tower Type:
1. Control Top built above brick door gantry on General Service Shed
2. Office for Duty Pilot, 2072/26 built in 1929
3. Pre War 'Fort' type 1959/34 (brick) built in 1937
Tower:
1. & 2. Demolished 1937
3.
Demolished 2010
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
1916, opened as Royal Flying Corps fighter training school.
06/18 to 05/19, 166 Squadron formed here with long range bombers to attack Berlin. Although no operations were flown this was the beginning of RAF Bomber Command, became a heavy bomber station in 1923.
08/36, transferred from Bomber to Coastal Command and rebuilt.
1939 to 1945, used for convoy protection, reconnaissance, anti-shipping and U-Boat patrols.
1945 to 1948, Air Beam Training Flight and Transport Conversion Unit.
1948 to 12/62, transferred to Technical Training Command, closed 1965.
RAF Bircham Newton
2002 (© CJ van Daatsellar)
RAF Bircham Newton airfield
Airfield:
Fighter, Bomber, Coastal Command and Technical Training
Opened:
/1916
Closed:
/1965
ID Code:
?
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
Grass then 3 steel track
Hangars:
1x- Aircraft Repair Shed and 3x - double bay General Service Sheds (all demolished in 1937), 2x - Belfast, 3x - C Type, 3x - Bellman, 10x - Blister
County:
Norfolk
Location:
8 miles W of Fakenham
OS Ref:
TF785345
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RAF Bircham Newton
2006 (© Ian Woodward)
RAF Bircham Newton airfield
1979 above 1989 below (© Paul Francis)
RAF Bircham Newton airfield
RAF Bircham Newton airfield +control tower: www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003
- Bircham Newton - updated 18/12/2014 -