Record Details

NHER Number:7465
Type of record:Monument
Name:Swannington World War Two airfield

Summary

This is the site of an airfield from World War Two, and the remains of runways and several buildings were known to survive in 1977. During the war it was home to Mosquito and Spitfire squadrons.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TG 1433 2083
Map Sheet:TG12SW
Parish:BRANDISTON, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
HAVERINGLAND, BROADLAND, NORFOLK
SWANNINGTON, BROADLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

Airfield from World War Two, in use 1944 to 1947.
Now mostly ploughed up, but parts of runways remain, three new roads have been built out of them. A few buildings to south, several incorporated into a farm on east; very large brick shooting butts on west.
Visited E. Rose (NAU) 31 March 1977.

1990.
Air photography by Wing Commander K. Wallis (S1).

For finds recorded under this number, see NHER 53773.
A. Cattermole (NLA), 13 January 2010.

This site was the last of Norfolk's RAF airfields to come into operation in World War Two, opening in spring 1944. the squash court at Swannington airfield is well-preserved. For further information on the operational history of the airfield and photographs of remaining buildings, see (S2).
A. Cattermole (NLA), 13 January 2010.

April 2010. Norfolk NMP.
The extent of the World War Two airfield has been extended to the south to include additional structures and an area of huts and bomb storage facilities to the south of the main airfield, that are visible on aerial photographs (S3).
S. Horlock (NMP), 30 April 2010.

Monument Types

  • BOMB STORE (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • BUILDING (World War Two - 1944 AD to 1945 AD)
  • BUTTS (World War Two - 1944 AD to 1945 AD)
  • MILITARY AIRFIELD (World War Two - 1944 AD to 1945 AD)
  • MILITARY BUILDING (World War Two - 1944 AD to 1945 AD)
  • SQUASH RACQUETS COURT (World War Two - 1944 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 12 SW 7 [3].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Aerial Photograph: TG1420 A.
<S2>Monograph: McKenzie, R.. 2004. Ghost Fields of Norfolk. pp 100-102.
<S3>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946. RAF 106G/UK/1428 4109-10 16-APR-1946 (NMR).

Related records - none

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