Record Details

NHER Number:6689
Type of record:Monument
Name:RAF Matlaske World War Two airfield


Matlaske Airfield was used by the RAF between November 1940 and April 1945. It was originally a satellite airfield for RAF Coltishall. For at least some of the time it housed anti-aircraft artillery. Most of the airfield is now used for agriculture. The perimeter road, two dispersal huts, several air raid shelters and a rare base headquarters building remain on the site. The base headquarters probably date to 1943.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 150 340
Map Sheet:TG13SE

Full description

May 1978. Visit.
In use November 1940 to April 1945. Originally satellite for Coltishall. Now under crop: perimeter road remains; two dispersal huts (used as pigsties), two brick shelters, concrete pillar, large air raid shelter on south above old chalk pit.
E. Rose (NAU), 11 May 1978.

On east side and in centre two or more dug out shelters. Good shooting butts on south.
E. Rose (NAU), 22 May 1980.

World War Two anti-aircraft artillery.
See(S1) in file.
D. Gurney (NLA), 28 January 1997.

Base Headquarters, date 1943? On old RAF field. Rare, partially demolished.
See (S2).
D. Walker (NLA) July 1996.

For further information on the operational history of the airfield and photographs of remaining buildings, see (S3).
A. Cattermole (NLA), 13 January 010.

Monument Types

  • AIR RAID SHELTER (World War Two - 1940 AD to 1945 AD)
  • ANTI AIRCRAFT BATTERY (World War Two - 1940 AD to 1945 AD)
  • MILITARY AIRFIELD (World War Two - 1940 AD to 1945 AD)
  • MILITARY BUILDING (World War Two - 1940 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Serial: Dobinson, C.S.. 1996. Twentieth Century Fortifications in England.. Vol I.4, p 550.
<S2>Recording Form: [various]. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey Recording Form. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey.
<S3>Monograph: McKenzie, R.. 2004. Ghost Fields of Norfolk. pp 64-66.

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