The main gate at RAF Watton in the winter of 1963

The main gate at RAF Watton in the winter of 1963

On this page are links to memories (most recently added first)  given to the Editor for preservation. It is a great sadness that many contributors have passed on.

Ray Dorman – 3rd SAD – from Weymouth, Massachusetts

Ray Dorman from Weymouth, Massachusetts. 1945

Ray Dorman – 3rd SAD – from Weymouth, MassachusettsNotes from Ray’s son Jim Ray Dorman was a private in the USAAF. He learned how to work on the B24 bomber at the Technical Training Command Center at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois before steaming over to England on the Orion – a converted English ocean liner. I think that was sometime in the latter part of 1943. As best as I can tell, he was immediately assigned to RAF […]

She Called Him Raymond – A True Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Healing

Raymond and Helen on their weddidng day

A letter penned in 1944 uncovered the inspiring true story of Helen Gregg, one of eight children of Irish immigrant parents raised in the miseries of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen during the Great Depression, and Clarence R. Stephenson, a young man reared in the struggling small city of Ironton, Ohio. They grew up desperately poor, but always maintained an optimistic and hopeful countenance in spite of their circumstances. Helen not only suffered the effects of the poverty in which she […]

2235 (Deal) Squadron ATC and Alan Bond at RAF Watton 1960’s

2235 (Deal) Squadron ATC and Alan Bond at RAF Watton 1960’s

This is the group photo of my ATC squadron on summer camp at RAF Watton in the early 1960s. I (Alan Bond) am in the front row – seated 3rd from right. The squadron number 2235, was and still is located in Deal Kent. We spent a week at Watton during the school summer holidays, we were accommodated in the airmen’s accommodation blocks and ate in the mess which were the other side of the road and we marched there […]

Philip Felton remembers

Philip Felton remembers

A 21 Squadron navigator in 1941 was Sergeant Phillip Felton who wrote to Colin Waugh about his career in the RAF and involvement in raids of the period; “I joined the RAFVR in May 1939 on my eighteenth birthday. I fervently hoped to become a pilot and was eagerly looking forward to starting flying instruction at Hamble, near where I worked and lived in Southampton. “The war intervened and on 2 September we were all mobilised and given the rank […]

Video: A tour of RAF Watton in 1988

Video: A tour of RAF Watton in 1988

One day in 1988 a local builder, Paul Lincoln, drove past the upturned concrete base of a Nissen Hut. In the underside he recognised the tyre tracks of an American lorry hat had driven over the ground just before the concrete was poured. This triggered an awareness that we were in danger of losing some of our WWII buildings.    Paul approached my (Julian Horn’s) mother, Nell, because she was a keen videographer and asked her for help in recording the […]

Video: Jim and Wiley remember

Video: Jim and Wiley remember

In May 1989, Jim Agerton and Wiley Noble both returned to Watton on a 3rd SAD reunion tour. They found time to sit and talk with Nell Horn in her back garden about themselves and their time at Watton. 28 minutes 15 seconds into this video Wiley tells the story of a goat purchased from Watton market – this is Ray Dorman from Weymouth, Massachusetts who served with 3rd SAD and the goat! – Thanks to Ray’s son Jim whose […]

Squadron Leader John Vincent Hadland DFC.

Squadron Leader John Vincent Hadland DFC.

By Hugh Hadland My father married my mother on 6th September 1939 in Oxford while he was learning to fly at Kidlington. As they came out of the church the first air raid siren of their war was sounding – a false alarm – but no one bothered about it. Ironically, she was half Danish, her father being a farmer who came to the UK from Jutland before the war. Olaf Frederik Hansen. I am named after W/Cdr Hugh Malcolm […]

192 Squadron Washingtons by Dave Forster 

WZ966 on the ground at RAF Watton

192 Squadron acquired three RB-29As as replacements for its three Lincolns in the first half of 1952. The first two aircraft (WZ966, WZ967) arrived at Watton in April and were joined by the third (WZ968) in June. Work then got underway at the CSE to develop an Elint fit for the aircraft. The modifications, carried out by the CSE, involved the removal of all gun turrets and bombing equipment; fairing over of the rear observation blisters; the conversion of the […]

A Shy Girls War by Katie Adland 

The following are edited extracts from 3 chapters of a book Katie Adland has written and published recounting her memories of World War II. Katie saw the early part of the war from the serving side of the NAAFI counter, and in that position saw the true cost of combat to the men of the Royal Air Force. A PDF of the book is available to purchase on application, with proceeds being given to charity, for details please contact us by […]

German Landing Grounds in Norfolk? By Peter Meston 

Wing Commander Peter Meston RAF Retd, served at Watton in 1939/40 with 21 Squadron and was involved in a very strange affair. In a letter to Colin Waugh who has written a history of 21 Squadron, Peter recounted his memories of a strange affair. We will let him take up the story . . . “One more very interesting incident happened early in 1940 which is worth a mention. David Watson was a New Zealander, a quiet man, but very […]