Record Details

NHER Number:7275
Type of record:Monument
Name:Wendling Airfield

Summary

This World War Two airfield still has several of the main runways, a few buildings and a bomb store remaining. Some of the buildings have surviving paintings. The airfield was used by the 118th Division of the United States Army Air Force.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 924 148
Map Sheet:TF91SW
Parish:BEESTON WITH BITTERING, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK
LONGHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK
WENDLING, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

World War Two airfield.

October 1976.
Occupied by 118 division United States Army Air Force. Most of main runways remain. At TF 9133 4192 is a memorial to the users, now neglected. Many associated buildings of no interest lie to west along Herne Lane.
E. Rose (NLA) 21 October 1992.

January 1990.
Memorial restored in 1989 (see (S1)).
E. Rose (NAU) 22 January 1990.

Buildings contain examples of wall paintings.
See (S2) in file.

December 2002.
Area of airfield extended to include bomb stores to west (NHER 35925).
M. Horlock (NLA) 7 December 2002.

For further information on the operational history of the airfield and photographs of remaining buildings, see (S3).
A. Cattermole (NLA), 13 January 2010.

Monument Types

  • BOMB STORE (World War Two - 1942 AD to 1945 AD)
  • MILITARY AIRFIELD (World War Two - 1942 AD to 1945 AD)
  • MILITARY BUILDING (World War Two - 1942 AD to 1945 AD)
  • NISSEN HUT (World War Two - 1942 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds

  • WALL PAINTING (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF9114 A-B.
---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1996. TF9216/H - J.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2003. A haven of history. 27 September.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. Sixth-former Ben inspires tribute to American wartime fliers. 22 January.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. Rescue plea for paintings. 21 October.
<S3>Monograph: McKenzie, R.. 2004. Ghost Fields of Norfolk. pp 115-117.

Related records

35925Parent of: World War Two bomb store (Monument)

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