RAF Watton

Former Royal Air Force station in Norfolk, England / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Royal Air Force Watton or more simply RAF Watton is a former Royal Air Force station located 9 mi (14 km) southwest of East Dereham, Norfolk, England.

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RAF Watton
USAAF Station 376
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Watton, Norfolk in England
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RAF Watton is located in Norfolk
RAF Watton
RAF Watton
Shown within Norfolk
Coordinates52.564°N 0.863°E / 52.564; 0.863
TypeRoyal Air Force station
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
OperatorRoyal Air Force
United States Army Air Forces
Controlled byRAF Bomber Command
RAF Signals Command
Eighth Air Force
Site history
Built1937 (1937)
Built byJohn Laing & Son Ltd.
In use1937–1978[1] or 1992.[2]
Battles/warsSecond World War
Cold War
Garrison information
Garrison25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance)
Airfield information
Elevation57 metres (187 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
11/29 1,829 metres (6,001 ft) Concrete
Close

Opened in 1937 it was used by both the Royal Air Force (RAF) and United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) during the Second World War. During the war it was used primarily as a bomber airfield, being the home of RAF Bomber Command squadrons until being used by the United States Army Air Forces Eighth Air Force as a major overhaul depot for Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers and as a weather reconnaissance base.

After the war, it was returned to RAF use until being turned over to the British Army in the early 1990s. It was closed then put up for sale.

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