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The first watch office at Watton 1999 (© Paul Francis)
RAF Watton airfield
Airfield Today:
Housing
Tower Type:
1. Fort Type Watch Office with Tower 207/36 (concrete)
2. Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41, medium front windows to 343/43, large VCR with support pillars added post-war
Tower:
1. Demolished 2006
2. Demolished 2005
Other Buildings:
Demolished for housing 2006/7
History:
/1939 to /1943, RAF light bomber airfield.
/43 to 07/45, 2nd Air Division, 3rd Strategic Air Depot - Neaton, servicing and repairing B-24 Liberators.
04/44 to 07/45, 802nd Reconnaissance Group (Provisional), a weather photo recon unit that operated over the Atlantic Ocean and later by day and night over enemy occupied territory .
09/08/44, renamed 25th Bombardment Group (Recon) with B-17, B-24 and Mosquiotos of the 652nd BS (H), 653rd BS (L) and 654th BS (P). 25th BG (R) flew a total of 3,370 sorties for the loss of 15 aircraft.
27/09/45, RAF Signals Command with various Sqns and aircraft until the 1970s. Then part of National Air Traffic Services Organisation followed by Military Air Traffic Operations.
RAF Watton airfield
The first watch office (above) and second (below) 1981 (© Paul Francis)
RAF Watton airfield
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
/1939
Closed:
/1978
ID Code:
WN
USAAF Station:
376
Runways:
3x - concrete
Hangars:
2x - B1, 3x - Blister, 3x - T2, 4x - C Type
County:
Norfolk
Location:
11 miles NE of Thetford
OS Ref:
TF940000
©:
Photographs copyright © as stated
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RAF Watton airfield
The second control tower at Watton in 2000 (© Mark Brotherton)
Control tower finally demolished due to constant vandalism June 2005 (© Bill Noble)
June 2005 (© Bill Noble)
RAF Watton
Is that Noddy's house? New houses in the shadow of Watton's C Type hangars
2007
(© Chris Helm)
RAF Watton airfield
1999 (© Paul Francis)
RAF Watton airfield 1939 - 2006: 3rd SAD - 802nd RG (P) - 25th BG (R) -
RAF Watton airfield & control tower 25 BG (R) - 3 SAD = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002 - Watton -