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 – 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…

Posted in 1943, 1944, 3rd SAD, memories | 2 Comments

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

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…

Posted in 1944, 25th Bomb Group, memories | 8 Comments

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…

Posted in 1961, memories, pictures | 2 Comments

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…

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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…

Posted in 1970, memories, multimedia | 81 Comments

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…

Posted in 1943, 1944, 1945, 3rd SAD, memories, multimedia | 4 Comments

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…

Posted in 1941, 82 Squadron, Bodney, memoriam, memories | 2 Comments

192 Squadron Washingtons by Dave Forster 

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…

Posted in 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, memories | 7 Comments

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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