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1967 (© Fred Cubberley)
RAF Hethel airfield
Airfield Today:
Lotus car factory, car production on Technical Site and vehicle test track on parts of runways and perimiter track
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41 with rooftop VCR
Tower:
In use by Lotus cars
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
11/42, Ground units only of the 320th Bombardment Group (M) with B-26 Marauders, moved to Tibenham then to North Africa.
06/43 to 05/45, 564th, 565th, 566th and 567th Bombardment Squadrons of the 389th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'The Sky Scorpions' with B-24 Liberators. Twice detached to North Africa in 1943. First mission from Hethel 07/09/43, completed 321 missions including Ploesti and 14 missions flown from N. Africa. Lost 116 aircraft in action and another 37 in accidents, etc.
05/45 to /47, Polish P-51 Mustang Sqns.
/47 to /48, used as a Personnel Transit Centre, transferred to Technical Training Command and then used to house homeless people until 1963 and airfield sold in 1964.
RAF Hethel airfield - 320th Bomb Group - 389th Bomb Group -
With wartime USAAF VCR 1952 (© Philip Standley)
1970 (© Philip Standley)
RAF Hethel airfield
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
11/1942
Closed:
/1948
ID Code:
HL
USAAF Station:
114
Runways:
3x - concrete, wood chips
Hangars:
3x - T2
County:
Norfolk
Location:
7 miles SW of Norwich
OS Ref:
TG155008
Links:
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photographs © as stated
Hethel airfield - 320th Bomb Group - 389th Bomb Group -
Now with the ground floor extended under the balcony 2002 (© Simon Dunham)
RAF Hethel airfield - 320th Bomb Group - 389th Bomb Group -
2002 A recent Lotus product, 1992 Elan (© Jeff Mallows)
1952 (© Philip Standley)
RAF Hethel airfield - 320th Bomb Group - 389th Bomb Group -
RAF Hethel 320 BG - 389 BG - airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2004 - Hethel -