The year 1940

British Pathe’s Review of the Year for 1940

A British Pathe report entitled “Activities at a Bomber Station” Although not filmed at Watton the scenes were mirrored here.

A little music from this year . . .

Charley Bream remembers

Charley Bream was a civilian who worked at Watton from early 1940 to 1968. In this video he remembers some of that time

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Video: Aalborg raid 13th August 1940

This video was shot and put together by Steve Connor of Flying Machines TV It relates the story of the raid on Aalborg by 82 Squadron flying from Watton on 13th August…

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Video: 1995 – The discovery, and recovery of Blenheim R3821 UX-N

Don Macfarlane remembers: On 17th May, 1940, twelve aircraft of 82 Squadron, based at Watton, in Norfolk, took off to attack troop concentrations at Gembloux, Belgium, where the German army…

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Gallery: MT Section Watton 1940

These photos were acquired by Watton post card collector Steve Easter and he has very kindly allowed me to copy them for the RAFWatton.info Although their origin is not known,…

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21 and 82 – A poem by Tommy Mann

Though fifty years have slipped away Some memories are as fresh today. I’ll try and bring them back for you As they come creeping into view – Of 21 and…

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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…

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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…

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RAF Watton – Extracts from the 1940 Diary of Jack Bartley

The following are extracts from the personal diary of Jack Bartley ex. RAF No. 626100 who served at RAF Watton with No 21 Sqdn as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner during…

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Chronicles of a Charmed Life  By Jack Bartley. Ex. RAF No. 626100 

Jack served at RAF Watton with No 21 Sqdn as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner during the first half of 1940. During the advance of the German army into the low…

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Eclipse of an Air Gunner By Jack Bartley. Ex. RAF No. 626100 

Jack served at RAF Watton with No 21 Sqdn as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner during the first half of 1940. On the morning of 14th May 1940 we looked up…

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