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    Default RAF in Norfolk

    Dear All

    I believe the following bases were still open in Summer 1920 -

    Bircham Newton;
    Great Yarmouth;
    Harling Road;
    Hickling Broad;
    Mattishall;
    Mousehold Heath.

    Can anyone tell me about what squadrons/units who were active from these sites?


    Thanks

    Andrew

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    Default RAF in Norfolk

    Ok as my previous query hasn't elicited any replies, let me ask the question differently....

    Having looked at Ken Delve's book "The military airfields of Britain - East Anglia" it seems that during 1919 the RAF withdrew entirely from Norfolk. Is this correct? Was air defence for the county being provided from elsewhere? I can't believe we had wound down to the extent of having no air defence at all on this part of the East Coast!

    Thanks

    Andrew

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    I can well believe it, I did read somewhere that within a year of the armistice there were something like 6 squadrons in the UK!

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    Hi Andrew, welcome to the forum.

    I have a feeling that Bircham Newton was closed and being re built around then, I'll have to check for definate.

    Mousehold Heath was a Boulton & Paul factory and Norwich Airport I believe.

    Not sure on the others, will have a look and get back to you.

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    Default Re: RAF in Norfolk

    By 1920 a lot of airfields were being or had been dismantled.

    France was seen as the next possible enemy so everything was moved south.

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    I know that this is an old thread, so the OP may have already found the information he was looking for, but in the RAF Museum's excellent monograph on the Fe.2b and 2d, I found the following locations in the summer of 1917 for 51 Home Defence Squadron: -

    HQ - The Old Grammar School, Hingham

    "A" Flight - Harling Road, and then Tydd St. Mary from 14-9-17

    "B" Flight - Marham

    "C" Flight - Mattishall

    All the best,

    Greg

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    Further to my last post above, it would seem that Harling Road doesn't exist. Apologies if this is a daft question, but is it possible that there was once a road named as such, and it has now gone? I'll check Google Earth later for the position that Thomo describes above. Many thanks all.

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    Greg Harling Road was a WWI airfield, the Flight Shed remains even now. I only drove past it last week!

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    That could be the one I'm after!! Could you give me a location please? I've turned Google earth inside out looking for it, but couldn't find anything...

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