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RAF Watton history post 1945 in brief

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The timeline section of this website features “Peter Long’s Brief History of Watton” which is shown as a series of yearly Textual ‘snapshots’. These ‘snapshots’ are taken from my book In Support Of So Many A Story of a Peacetime RAF Station Royal Air Force Station WATTON 1945-1992 and thereafter which tells RAF Watton’s peacetime story as well as explaining the Station’s role, and is a result of five year’s research and a great deal of correspondence with numerous ‘Old Wattonians’. It […]

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A brief history of Watton’s Satellite – RAF Bodney

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Bodney was a grass-covered airfield without the usual concrete runways and opened in early 1940 as a 2 Group satellite station for nearby Watton. Several Watton-based squadrons were dispersed here and included Nos 21, 82 and 105 Squadrons with Blenheim IV medium bombers, 61 Squadron with Handley Page Hampden medium bombers and 90 Squadron with the new Boeing B-17 Fortress Mk.1 heavy bomber. From January 1941 the Miles Master trainers of No.17 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit used Bodney as a […]

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Examining an M46 Photoflash Bomb rated at 700 Million Candles are 
1st Lt Robert P Walker (Pilot)
1st Lt William P Mishkho (Navogator)
MSgt James M Tenille (Cief Armourer)
Major Willis D Locke CO 654 Sdqn 25BG

A brief History of the 25th BG

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The 25th Bomb Group was designated as a reconnaissance group, but was, in fact, much more than this. It has been referred to recently by the American artist, Gil Cohen, as the ‘eyes of the eighth’. Forming part of the 325th photographic wing, it was commanded by Col (later Brigadier General) Elliot Roosevelt. On the day it was activated (Easter 1944) the 25th Bomb Group moved into its permanent base, Station 376, at Watton. It occupied the permanent site, the […]

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A brief history of RAF Watton 1939 to 1945

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A brief history of RAF Watton 1939 to 1945 The station was opened on the 4th. January 1939 under the command of Group Captain F.J. Vincent as a station of 2 Group, Bomber Command. It was built as part of the R.A.F. expansion programme of 1935 / 1936 on farmland that was well known locally as good mushroom land and under the right conditions mushrooms are still to be seen in quantity in the area. The first two Squadrons to […]

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A brief history of 3rd Strategic Air Depot

A brief history of 3rd Strategic Air Depot

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3RD STRATEGIC AIR DEPOT A Brief History of the U.S. Unit at R.A.F. Watton 1943-45 The 3rd Strategic Air Depot (S.A.D.) was one of four S.A.D’s set up under the Bradley Plan. The 3rd S.A.D was the largest (and the best), with 4,800 officers and men. It was responsible for the servicing, maintenance, modifications and repair of all B24 Liberators in the 14 Bomb Groups of the 2nd Air Division. They were responsible for the recovery of all crashed B24’s […]

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