RAF Bircham Newton


RAF Bircham Newton

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name = Royal Air Force Station Bircham Newton


caption = Station crest
dates = 1916 – 1965
country = United Kingdom
branch = Royal Air Force
command_structure = No. 16 Group RAF
type = Flying station
role = Coastal Command
size =
current_commander =
garrison = Norwich, Norfolk, England
garrison_label = Based near
ceremonial_chief =
ceremonial_chief_label =
colonel_of_the_regiment =
colonel_of_the_regiment_label =
nickname =
motto =
colors =
colors_label = Royal Air Force Ensign
march = Royal Air Force March Past
mascot =
equipment = Handley Page V/1500,
Fairey Swordfish,
Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5,
Vickers Vimy,
Airco DH.9A,
Fairey IIIA,
Fairey Gordon,
Hawker Hart,
Hawker Hind,
Avro Anson,
Vickers Vildebeest,
Lockheed Hudson,
Vickers Wellington,
Fairey Swordfish,
Bristol Blenheim,
Airspeed Oxford,
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk
battles =
notable_commanders =
identification_symbol =
identification_symbol_label = Station crest heraldry
anniversaries =

RAF Bircham Newton was a Royal Air Force airfield in the west of the county of Norfolk in the United Kingdom, eight miles west of Fakenham.

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.

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.

It operated through the Second World War as part of No. 16 Group RAF as part of Coastal Command. No. 206 Squadron RAF was one of the squadrons being based there, on maritime patrol duties. Two satellite airfields, RAF Docking and RAF Langham were opened to accommodate units.

In 1965 the airfield was used for evaluation trials of the Hawker Siddeley Kestrel V/STOL aircraft.

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. The control tower was scheduled for demolition in 2008 due to its poor condition. [ [http://airfieldarchaeology.fotopic.net/c1495033.html Airfield Archeology - Bircham Newton] ]

Bircham Newton Aicraft

Several types of aircraft have operated out of Bircham Newton, among these:
*Handley Page V/1500
*Avro Aldershot
*Handley Page Hyderabad
*Fairey Swordfish
*Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5
*Vickers Vimy
*Airco DH.9A
*Fairey IIIA
*Fairey Gordon
*Hawker Hart
*Hawker Hind
*Vickers Vildebeest
*Lockheed Hudson
*Vickers Wellington
*Fairey Swordfish
*Bristol Blenheim
*Avro Anson
*Airspeed Oxford
*de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk
*Hawker Siddeley Kestrel

Bircham Newton Squadrons

* No. 7 Squadron RAF
* No. 53 Squadron RAF
* No. 59 Squadron RAF
* No. 99 Squadron RAF
* No. 119 Squadron RAF
* No. 166 Squadron RAF
* No. 236 Squadron RAF
* No. 206 Squadron RAF
* No. 207 Squadron RAF
* No. 235 Squadron RAF
* No. 500 Squadron RAF
* No. 320 Squadron RAF
* No. 407 Squadron RCAF, the "Demon Squadron"

References

External links

* [http://www.rafbnmp.org.uk/ RAF Bircham Newton Memorial Project]
* [http://www.controltowers.co.uk/B/Bircham_Newton.htm Control Towers - Bircham Newton]
* [http://www.wartimememories.co.uk/airfields/birchamnewton.html Wartime Memory Projects - Bricham Newton]
* [http://jollygreenp.co.uk/jonzpage2/dad/raf19271935.html Interwar photographs of Bircham Newton]

ee also

*Norfolk Airfields
*Royal Air Force station
*List of RAF stations
*List of Royal Air Force aircraft squadrons


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Bircham Newton — is the smallest of the three villages that make up the civil parish of Bircham, in the west of the English county of Norfolk. The village is located about 1 km north of the larger village of Great Bircham, 20 km north east of the town of King s… …   Wikipedia

  • Bircham (disambiguation) — Bircham is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk, which includes the villages of Great Bircham, Bircham Newton and Bircham ToftsBircham may also refer to*Bircham, Alberta, a small hamlet in southern Alberta, Canada *Marc Bircham, an… …   Wikipedia

  • RAF Coastal Command order of battle during World War II — This article lists the order of battle of RAF Coastal Command throughout the Second World War in the European Theatre of World War II. Contents 1 3 September 1939 2 1 November 1940 3 12 February 1942 …   Wikipedia

  • RAF Docking — Infobox Military Unit unit name = Royal Air Force Station Docking caption = Station crest dates = July 1940 ndash; 1958 country = United Kingdom branch = Royal Air Force command structure = type = Flying station role = Bomber / Coastal Command… …   Wikipedia

  • RAF Langham — Infobox Military Unit unit name = Royal Air Force Station Langham caption = Station crest dates = May 1940 ndash; 1961 country = United Kingdom branch = Royal Air Force command structure = type = Flying station role = Coastal Command size =… …   Wikipedia

  • No. 521 Squadron RAF — Active 1 August 1942 31 March 1943 1 September 1943 1 April 1946 Country United Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • No. 207 Squadron RAF — Active 31 Dec 1916 (RNAS) 20 Jan 1920 1 Feb 1920 19 Apr 1940 1 Nov 1940 1 Mar 1950 4 Jun 1951 27 Mar 1956 1 Apr 1956 1 May 1965 3 Feb 1969 30 Jun 1984 12 Jul 2002 present[1][2] …   Wikipedia

  • No. 598 Squadron RAF — Active 1 December 1943 30 April 1945 Country United Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • No. 279 Squadron RAF — One of No. 279 Squadron s Avro Lancasters carrying a lifeboat in December 1945 Active 16 Nov 1941 – 10 Mar 1946 Country …   Wikipedia

  • No. 99 Squadron RAF — No. 99 Squadron Royal Air Force Official squadron crest for no. 99 squadron RAF Active 15 Aug 1917 2 Apr 1920 1 Apr 1924 15 Nov 1945 17 Nov 1947 7 Jan 1976 1 Jan 2002 Present Day …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.