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The first watch office at Watton 1999 (© Paul Francis)
RAF Watton airfield
Airfield Today:
Housing
Tower Type:
1. Fort Type Watch Office with Tower 207/36 (concrete)
2. Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41, medium front windows to 343/43, large VCR with support pillars added post-war
Tower:
1. Demolished 2006
2. Demolished 2005
Other Buildings:
Demolished for housing 2006/7
History:
/1939 to /1943, RAF light bomber airfield.
/1943 to 07/1945, 2nd Air Division, 3rd Strategic Air Depot - Neaton, servicing and repairing B-24 Liberators.
04/1944 to 07/1945, 802nd Reconnaissance Group (Provisional), a weather photo recon unit that operated over the Atlantic Ocean and later by day and night over enemy occupied territory .
09/08/1944, renamed 25th Bombardment Group (Recon) with B-17, B-24 and dH Mosquiotos of the 652nd BS (H), 653rd BS (L) and 654th BS (P). 25th BG (R) flew a total of 3,370 sorties for the loss of 15 aircraft.
27/09/1945, RAF Signals Command with various Squadrons and aircraft until the 1970s. Then part of National Air Traffic Services Organisation followed by Military Air Traffic Operations.
RAF Watton airfield - No. 3 SAD - 25th BG (R) -
The first watch office 1981 (© Paul Francis)
RAF Watton airfield - No. 3 SAD - 25th BG (R) -
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
/1939
Closed:
/1978
ID Code:
WN
USAAF Station:
376
Runways:
3x - concrete
Hangars:
2x - B1, 3x - Blister, 3x - T2, 4x - C Type
County:
Norfolk
Location:
11 miles NE of Thetford
OS Ref:
TF940000
©:
Photographs copyright © as stated
Links:
RAF Watton airfield - No. 3 SAD - 25th BG (R) -
1981 (© Paul Francis)
Control tower finally demolished due to constant vandalism June 2005 (© Bill Noble)
June 2005 (© Bill Noble)
RAF Watton
Is that Noddy's house? New houses in the shadow of Watton's C Type hangars
2007
(© Chris Helm)
RAF Watton airfield
The second control tower at Watton in 2000 (© Mark Brotherton)
RAF Watton airfield 1939 - 2006: 3rd SAD - 802nd RG (P) - 25th BG (R) -
RAF Watton airfield & control tower 25 BG (R) - 3 SAD = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002 - Watton -
- updated 28/09/2018 -