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These pictures were taken by Rusty Russell. And in his own words “These pics were taken on 17th July 1990 – Norwich to Liverpool 4.20. BN2T Turbine Islander G-MAFF.” These are probably some of the last and some of the best pictures that show RAF Watton from the air just before it all came to an end. You can see clearly the Watch Tower and American/Post War Control Tower in the centre of the field. Click on the pictures below to […]
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 […]
This is the programme for the (first) RAF Watton Annual Sports Day held on Wednesday 28th June 1939. It doesn’t appear to have been open to the public though some of the town’s businesses have advertised in it indicating the importance of the station to the town’s economy even in its earliest days. Adcocks for example, had several radios on hire to individuals on the station.
The following are scans of the programme for RAF Watton’s Battle of Britain At Home Day for Saturday 17th September 1949. Interestingly there are some errors in the History of RAF Watton – so don’t take everything on that page as gospel! But what an interesting visit to the station that would have bee in 1949!
Opened in 1989, the Wartime Watton Exhibition was conceived after two very successful weekend exhibitions in the Clock Tower in the High Street. The exhibits came from the personal collections of the organisers at the time and also exhibits that we begged and borrowed. Initially housed in Barrack Block 25 (the Education Block), after a couple of years we moved to the Old Guard Room where we also had a very realistic air raid simulation and visiting school children could […]
These pictures record the burial of 605462 Sgt. Arthur Henry Elliot Jnr. Was a pilot with the RAF and was killed 29th August 1942 Aged 22. He was a citizen of the USA serving with the Royal Air Force. Burial took place 2nd. September 1942. As far as I can be certain the facts behind these pictures are as follows: Notes from the accident report say that at 1100 while on a training flight from Watton, Elliot, while attempting to […]
These pictures record the funeral of 3 airmen of 21 Squadron, R93513 Sgt. S.B.G. Heron. Pilot R.C.A.F. Aged 20, R65700 Flt. Sgt. G.D. Maluish Air Observer R.C.A.F. Aged 23, 1067562 Sgt. G.E. Step Air Gunner R.A.F. Aged 20. As far I can be certain, the facts behind these pictures are as follows. This crew were killed in a flying accident on board Blenheim V5851 of 21 Squadron on July 7th 1942. Having been decimated in Malta, 21 Squadron was officially […]
At 0755 on February 18th. 1941 a Heinkel HE111 H3 of 4/KG 53, The Condor Legion, Work No. 3349 attacked RAF Watton from the South side of the airfield travelling North. The aircraft strafed the airfield, hangar line and technical site and then flew into the forest of cables that had been sent up by Parachute and Cable defence system. The aircraft was so damaged by this that it came down about 1.5 miles North of the camp at Ovington. […]
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, on the back of each is written RAF Watton, 1940 I believe this to be true is because of one picture in particular, the parade with mugs. Clearly the building behind the men is still under construction and there is one building at Watton where the first meal taken was […]