Record Details

NHER Number:1966
Type of record:Monument
Name:North Creake Airfield, World War Two airfield and bombing decoy

Summary

This World War Two airfield was used in 1941 as a decoy airfield for Docking. In 1942 it became a satellite airfield for Foulsham. It was used by the RAF Signals and was then operational until 1945. It was used for storage until 1947. A mural from one of the buildings on the site is now at the RAF Museum at Hendon.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 896 386
Map Sheet:TF83NE
Parish:WALSINGHAM, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
WIGHTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

5 October 1977. Visit. World War Two airfield.
Some runways remain. Hangers in good condition on east side, used as factory.
E. Rose (NAU) 5 October 1977.

Also control tower (now house), Nissen huts, etc. Millers not factory. Officially known as Egmere or North Creake. Begun 1941 as decoy airfield for Docking, 1942 became satellite for Foulsham. 1944 Signals, then operational until 1945. Storage site until 1947. Now runways removed, used as grass drying plant.
E. Rose (NAU).

1983.
Mural of aircraft removed (including brick wall) to RAF Museum Hendon.
E. Rose (NAU).

See (S1) in file for NHER 35996.
D. Gurney (NLA) 22 August 2002.

For further information on the operational history of the airfield and photographs of remaining buildings, see (S2).
A. Cattermole (NLA), 13 January 2010.

Conservation and restoration of control tower at the former RAF station at Bunker Hill.
See (S3) for further details.
M Langham-Lopez (HES), 15 November 2012.

Monument Types

  • AIRCRAFT HANGAR (TYPE T2) (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • MILITARY BUILDING (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • NISSEN HUT (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • WATCH OFFICE (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • DECOY AIRFIELD (World War Two - 1940 AD to 1942 AD)
  • MILITARY AIRFIELD (World War Two - 1942 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds

  • WALL PAINTING (Modern - 1901 AD to 2050 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF8938 A,B.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1983. A mystery and a mural.. 7 July.
---Serial: Airfields of Norfolk and Suffolk. Vol III.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A.. 1995. TF8938/C - J.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2005. Top secret history.. 9 September.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1983. Bricks carry reminder of wartime mystery.. 31 October.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1983. Picture of mural.. 5 December.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1984. Wall painting pre[…] bomber memorial.. 14 July.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1984. Wall painting finds new home in museum.. 18 June.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1997. Fancy living in a control tower?. 24 January.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Unpublished Document: NAU. 2000. NAU Report No. 532. Holkham Estate Survey..
<S2>Monograph: McKenzie, R.. 2004. Ghost Fields of Norfolk. pp 71-73.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. Sharing our dreams and its part in Hitler's downfall. 7 November.

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