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Truck mounted, watercooled .50 cal AA gun - USAAF style! 1943 (© via Peter Randall)
Where did they leave that truck... 2003 (© Karl Lake)
RAF Horsham St Faith airfield
Airfield Today:
Norwich airport
Tower Type:
1. Watch Office with Met Section 5845/39
2. Modern control tower
Tower:
1. Used as offices
2. In use
Other Buildings:
Many
History:
06/40 to 08/42, Bomber Station built pre-war with several Sqns based here.
09/42 to 11/42, 437th, 438th, 439th and 440th Bomb Squadrons of the 319th Bombardment Group with B-26 Marauders from Shipdham, some moved to Attlebridge, the rest to North Africa.
04/43 to 07/43,
61st, 62nd and 63rd Fighter Squadrons of the 56th Fighter Group 'Zemke's Wolfpack' with P-47 Thunderbolts moved here from Kings Cliffe. Moved to Halesworth when Horsham St Faith was rebuilt as a heavy bomber airfield with concrete runways.
01/44 to 07/45, 752nd, 753rd, 754th and 755th Bombardment Squadrons of the 458th Bombardment Group (Heavy) from the USA with B-24 Liberators, flew 240 missions losing 47 aircraft in combat along with another 18 before returning to the USA.
10/07/45 to 03/67, Transferred to RAF Fighter Command.
Reopened as Norwich Airport after RAF closure.
RAF Horsham St Faith airfield
2003 (© Karl Lake)
Photographs of 458th BG B-24 Liberator bombers Here
Horsham St Faith - 56th Fighter Group - 319th Bomb Group - 458th Bomb Group -
Airfield:
Operational Bomber and Fighter
Opened:
01/06/40
Closed:
RAF closure 1967
ID Code:
HF
USAAF Station:
123
Runways:
grass, then 3x - concrete
Hangars:
5x - C Type
County:
Norfolk
Location:
4 miles N of Norwich
OS Ref:
TG221137
Links:
458th BG B-24 Liberators
©:
Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Horsham St Faith airfield
P-47 Thunderbolts of 'The Wolfpack' - 56th FG 1943-44 (© via Peter Randall)
Horsham St Faith - 56th FG - 319th BG - 458th BG -
The modern Norwich airport control tower 2009 (© Steve Ward)
Horsham St Faith - 56th Fighter Group - 319th Bomb Group - 458th Bomb Group -
RAF Horsham St Faith 8th USAAF airfield - 56 FG - 319 BG - 458 BG - control tower - Norwich airport -
www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003