Bodney

Video: The Rededication of the Memorials in 2008

Video: The Rededication of the Memorials in 2008

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The stone American Memorial, to the personnel of the 25th Bomb Group, has been in place at Watton since the middle-late 1970’s, and it was joined by a propeller from Blenheim R3800, which had been recovered in 1985 from the site where it has crashed near Aalborg in Denmark on 13th August 1940. The propeller was dedicated in 1990 as a Memorial “To the memory of those of the Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Air Forces who lost their lives while […]

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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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Flight Sergeant Douglas James Kirkland, Observer, 21 Squadron, RNZAF

Flight Sergeant Douglas James Kirkland, Observer, 21 Squadron, RNZAF

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Compiled by Richard Lindsay 411219 Flight Sergeant Douglas James Kirkland was born at Hawera, New Zealand, on 11th June 1920 and received his secondary education at Kawhai High School, later furthering his studies by attending radio engineering classes at the Seddon Memorial Technical College, Auckland. His civilian occupation was that of a radio mechanic with Radio (1936) Ltd, Auckland. Douglas enlisted in the RNZAF in April 1940,and was selected for aircrew training on 16th February 1941 at the Initial Training […]

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Squadron Leader John Vincent Hadland DFC.

Squadron Leader John Vincent Hadland DFC.

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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 […]

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