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1945 (© 491st Bomb Group via Riccard Parsonson)
RAF North Pickenham airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for all Commands 12779/41 with medium front windows 343/43
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
04/1944 to 08/1944, 856th, 857th, 858th and 859th Bombardment Squadrons of the 492nd Bombardment Group (Heavy) with B-24 Liberators. This unit was operational for three months and flew 64 missions but lost 57 Liberators, the highest loss rate of any 8th USAAF Bomb Group. The unit was then disbanded and its personnel transferred to other units, the Bomb Squadron numbers were transferred to the 801st Bomb Group (P) at Harrington.
08/1944 to 08/1945, 852nd, 853rd, 854th and 855th Bomb Squadrons of the 491st Bomb Group (H) 'The Ringmasters' with B-24 Liberators, moved in from Metfield. 491st Bomb Group flew a total of 187 missions losing 47 aircraft in action along with another 23, won a Distinguished Unit Citation 26/11/1944 for the mission to Misburg, last mission 25/04/1945.
08/1945 to 03/1948, used by No. 258 Maintenance Unit as a satellite to Shipdham, RAF Bomber Command and the USAAF.
12/1958 to 10/1963, No. 220 Squadron with Thor ballistic missiles, airfield then officially closed but used 10/1964 to 11/1965 for testing the Hawker P1127 Kestrel, forerunner of the Harrier. Airfield sold 1967.
RAF North Pickenham airfield - 491st Bomb Group - 492nd Bomb Group -
1969 (© Peter J Broom)
RAF North Pickenham airfield - 491st Bomb Group - 492nd Bomb Group -
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
/1944
Closed:
/1965
ID Code:
NP
USAAF Station:
143
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Norfolk
Location:
2-1/2 miles SE of Swaffham
OS Ref:
TF849068
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Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF North Pickenham airfield - 491st Bomb Group - 492nd Bomb Group -
1969 (© Steve Bond)
RAF North Pickenham airfield - 491st Bomb Group - 492nd Bomb Group -
North Pickenham 491 BG - 492 BG - B-24 airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2006
- North Pickenham - updated 24/12/2013 -