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Charley Bream remembers

Charley Bream remembers

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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: 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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The cemetery at Vadum where those lost on the Aalborg raid are buried.

Video: Aalborg raid 13th August 1940

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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 1940. I am very grateful to Steve for his allowing it to be included here. The full story of the raid has been researched and documented by Ole Ronnest from Denmark and will be included on this site soon. See also this page telling the story of the discovery and recovery […]

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Video: A tour of RAF Watton in 1988

Video: A tour of RAF Watton in 1988

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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 […]

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Pictured is R3821 with left to right, Sgt. Don A.W. McFarlane, Observer, Sgt. Peter K. Eames, Wireless operator/airgunner and Pilot Officer Donald M. Wellings, Pilot, in flying kit by R 3821. 
On 22 October1940, Eames and McFarlane were awarded the D.F.M., Wellings the D.F.C. 

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

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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 was sweeping West towards the Channel ports. Eleven of them were shot down and the survivor, badly damaged, managed to reach Watton, but it was written off due to the damage sustained. Fortunately, for me, my name did not appear on the flying programme for that day! Shortly afterwards, replacement […]

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Video: A look round RAF Watton 2003

Video: A look round RAF Watton 2003

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In 2003 local man Frank Hurrell filmed around the camp a little before it was finally sold off and the final chapter of its life was played out. It is presented here exactly as Frank edited it and is a record of a sad end to the life of a wonderful station. We are grateful to Frank’s widow for allowing us to include the video here.

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Video: Jim and Wiley remember

Video: Jim and Wiley remember

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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 […]

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BBC TV Film: Television Goes Flying – 1955 video from the BBC at RAF Watton

BBC TV Film: Television Goes Flying – 1955 video from the BBC at RAF Watton

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NB: The video below requires Flash which is increasingly unsupported. If you can not see the video then visti this BBC page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p015pv4k On 27th August 1955, the BBC came to Watton to conduct experiments with live broadcast from the air. Ralph Swift was able to tell us most of the flying was carried out in the Varsity by Flt LT John ‘Dixie’ Dean and “Red” Vine who promptly had a “Star” pinned to the office door to identify their celebrity status! In […]

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Audio: Ron Schoefield – 2 Group Bomber Command Recollections 1941 – Audio

This is a copy of a recording by Ron Schoefield that he made of his recollections of life with 2 Group Bomber Command in World War 2. While not specific to Watton in this case Watton was of course a part of 2 Group. Ron gave me the recording to add to the Wartime Watton Collection and gave me permission to use it keep the memory alive. Sadly Ron is no longer with us. It is a fantastic first hand […]

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