The history of this airship is a story in itself and well worth reading, but too long to give here. The airfield was closed in 1946 and in 1961 the air ministry land was sold to the norfolk county council, and soon returned to agriculture. This fighter airfield was home mostly to supermarine spitfire units throughout its life, the first of which was from no 19 squadron, arriving from matlaske for a mixture of offensive and defensive duties. Spitfire pilot lawrence jacobs raf ludhamrafcommands. What a gem this book is for all people with an interest in airfields and ww2 related aviation info. A perimeter track, 12 metres wide, connected all the runways. Ludham airstrip airfield, north norfolk area information. Indeed, the history of airships at pulham, and elsewhere, is a fascinating study for anybody interested in the subject. Since passing his gft for a private pilots license on the 30th june 1989 in the cessna 152 gwacb at wycombe air park the gates of opportunity opened and he has, for example, flown an aircraft in every country in western europe registered in each country. At its highest point it is only 27feet above sea level.
History the airfield at ludham was built by richard costain ltd and became operational in november 1941 as a second satellite for the main fighter station at raf coltishall sited north of norwich, three tarmaccovered concrete runways and ancillary buildings being built on. Hi, i cannot find this pilot in books %84the greatest squadron of them all, volume 1 and 2. Lee author see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions. Raf airfields in norfolk during the second world war. Ludham was opened in 1941 as a forward operating base for fighter command, serving as a satellite airfield of coltishall in 12 group. Ludham, marham, matlaske, oulton, sculthorpe, swanton morley. Ludham map ludham, not to be confused with ludham bridge situated on the river ant, is a pretty picture postcard village to be found at the head of womack water, a broad which is connected to the river thurne by a fairly narrow dyke.
This summer month, shes in texas with her aunt clo and uncle grif. History of ludham in north norfolk map and description. Apr 06, 2020 this site is dedicated to the history of manston airfield, in kent from its first official usage back in 1916. Ludham airfield limited overview free company information. Ludham airfield in ludham, united kingdom virtual globetrotting. Other airfields involved were ludham and manston, and the squadrons involved were 124, 229, 303, 453, 504, 602 and 603. Betty has lived part of each year with one of her three aunts, rotating among them every few months. Ludham aerodrome was built by richard costain ltd in november 1941 as a satellite to raf. If you feel that any of these airfields are incorrectly listed or that there might be omissions, please let us know. An interesting page for aviation enthusiasts is the story about jack dawson green, a pilot that flew out of ludham airfield and was sadly shot down in the netherlands.
Initial operations from november that year were by 38 wing, army cooperation command. Ludham is a village and civil parish in the english county of norfolk, in the norfolk broads, at the end of a dyke leading to womack water and flowing into the river thurne. Ludham history general info although the hangar at ludham is full you may not find any local pilots at the hangar, on good weather days we are normally flying ourselves though on the odd occasion one of us will be doing maintenance and just hanging about enjoying the tranquility of the airfield. It was created in november 1941, as a satellite airfield to raf coltishall, to supplement the parent bases then existing satellite base at matlaske. A brief history of catfield catfield is a norfolk parish of about 2400 acres, one of seventeen parishes in the triangularshaped hundred of happing, an administrative area between the river ant, river thurne and the sea. Contrary to popular myth the nazi war machine was seriously under resourced and lacking in mechanised transport right from the start. Ludham airfield ludham area info for pilots and enthusiasts. Rnas ludham was commissioned as hms flycatcher, rnas ludham on 4 september under the command of the senior officer mobile naval airfields organisation. Raf ludham hms flycatcher geograph britain and ireland. If you have any unwanted photographs, documents or items from the first or second world war, please do not destroy them. It lies alongside the a303 road the airfield has two grass runways, designated 0826 and 0321. It was a standard design, with t2type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Airfield then allocated to usaaf but no units based here. A late bronze age socketed axehead made of copper alloy.
These superbly detailed maps provide an authoritive and fascinating insight into the history and gradual. The airfield was originally and is now again known as rougham as it is located north of that village between the a14 and the main railway line between bury st edmunds and ipswich. Hms flycatcher left ludham in midfebruary 1945 and the airfield returned to raf fighter command. As part of the aht series, this book covers airfields in norfolkthis book looks at the history and personalities associated with each base, what remains today and explores the favourite local wartime haunts where aircrew and groundcrew would have sought welldeserved entertainment and relaxation. No landing fee but donations appreciated to our runway mainainance fund. This website is run entirely as a hobby and in my spare time, it is paid for out of my own pocket. Digital copies of group photographs, scrapbooks, autograph books, photo albums, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards and ephemera relating to ww2.
Bicester, oxfordshire, built as a bomber station from 1924 and retains grass airfield, airfield defences, bomb stores, perimeter track and hardstandings added during the second world war biggin hill, london borough of bromley, britains most celebrated fighter station retains. History the airfield at ludham was built by richard costain ltd and became operational in november 1941 as a second satellite for the main fighter station at raf coltishall sited north of norwich, three tarmaccovered concrete runways and ancillary buildings being built on the land which had belonged to fritton farm. Map of ludham, around the time the airfield was completed ludhamarchive. Improvements were carried out to increase the number of hardstandings for aircraft, and more accommodation was built. However, it is not possible to supply lists of the. A world war two airfield occupied this site, some elements of which still survive today, although the majority exists in the parish of ludham. The 1st of september 2019 is the wartime memories projects 20th birthday. Squadrons and units timeline history of manston airfield.
Royal air force ludham or more simply raf ludham is a former royal air force station located near the village of ludham, norfolk. The airfield s history is described, albeit briefly, in the online ludham community archive link but there is no memorial to commemorate the personnel based here during the war. Raf ludham in the second world war 19391945 the wartime. Grif has just landed a flight control job as did bettys dad who sends air mail. During the summer many visitors admire the village, including the attractive village sign. Ludham airstrip airfield, north norfolk place type. Ludham airfield accepts genuine emergency and precautionary diversions without charge per caa cap 667 9. Under construction however there is a lot of local information about ludham and the area at the ludham archive, this is a valuable resource with lots of information about the area. Ludham opened late on in 1941 as a satellite to coltishall.
Ludham also played its part during the second world war with an airfield and training camp for soldiers built within the village to camouflage its existence. Approx 24 pages, photos, history, plans, softback with stapled binding. The museum has over 2000 site plans of airfields and nonflying stations in the united kingdom and abroad. Air station ludham, ludham, great yarmouth, norfolk, england. The book is set out with 23 pages on each airfield over norfolk. Ludham community archive history of ludham in photographs, documents. In the second world war airfields in norfolk were used by the raf and united states air forces. Youre also close to the river thurne here, at womack water, where the norfolk heritage fleet of sailing boats is based, plus two sailing wherries, albion and maud. Light aircraft maintenance facilities, aircraft hire and flight training on microlight and light aircraft is available from airbourne aviation ltd. Ludham airfield great yarmouth local business facebook. We would like to obtain digital copies of any documents or photographs relating to ww2 you may have at home. British aviation archaeological council research topics. Returned to raf fighter command, 22021945 to 01051945, squadrons here 91, 602, 603, with spitfires, 1451945 to 14071945, no 1 squadron with spitfires.
Royal air force gaydon or more simply raf gaydon is a former royal air force station located 5. It mainly worked with coastal command in the patrolling of convoys and eboat attacks. Langham little snoring ludham marham matlaske methwold narborough. Should you wish to leave a small donation towards the upkeep and ongoing running of the website, it is really appreciated. The airfield, now in private ownership and much reduced in size, is still active and is known as rougham airfield. Ludham airfield limited free company information from companies house including registered office address, filing history, accounts, annual return, officers, charges, business activity. The full history of this famous raf base is set down in full in martin w. A full list of airfields from the first and second world war granted listed status by the government in 2005. Photograph taken by 7th photographic reconnaissance group, sortie number us7phgploc298. Click and collect from your local waterstones or get free uk delivery on orders over. A foster airfield focus booklet 46 gms 2001 lulsgate bottom. Price new from used from hardcover, january 1, 1989 please retry. See flight guides but note that ludham s runway is of a reduced width from what is published and surface is loose in places.
Ludham, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in tunstead district, norfolk. This site is dedicated to the history of manston airfield, in kent from its first official usage back in 1916. It was used as a forward airfield for fighter commandspitfires made daily use of the airfield every day over a three year period. These superbly detailed maps provide an authoritive and fascinating insight into the history and gradual development of our cities, towns and villages. The airfield had three concreted and tarmacked runways, with the main runway being 1400 metres long.
There used to be a propeller on display in the garden of a private property in horsefen road but it has since been removed. Aerial photograph of ludham airfield looking south, ludham village is at the top, 20 april 1944. The parish stretches from the ant valley, over the interfluves upland between valleys to the thurne valley. Francis frith the uks leading publisher of local photographs since 1860. An old map of norfolk, handdrawn in 1840 for the renowned cartographic publisher samuel lewis. It is intended to bring together the various sources of information at events, squadrons, aircraft and personnel that have been involved in the site. Moorings can be found at the furthest point from where you enter the broad in the form of a local authority staithe. This was so he could race at doncaster this evening. The 5 best things to do in ludham 2020 with photos. See flight guides but note that ludhams runway is of a reduced width from what is published and surface is loose in places. Bowmans excellent book, details of which can be found at the end of this feature. We also assisted when his plane had a flat tyre with our pump. So your man is from the %84city of glasgow sqn probably. Bicester, oxfordshire, built as a bomber station from 1924 and retains grass airfield, airfield defences, bomb stores, perimeter track and hardstandings added during the second world war.
Bonus chapters also cover the satellite airfields of matlaske and ludham and. Ludham aerodrome was built by richard costain ltd in november 1941 as a satellite to raf coltishall, to be used. The airfield is also recorded in bibliographic sources, and is visible as earthworks, structures and buildings on aerial photographs taken from 1942 onwards. Books about ludham airfield area browse 16 photo books on ludham airfield and the surrounding area. The parish of ludham is situated in northeast norfolk, just above horning. Jan 01, 1999 airfield, by jeanette ingold takes place in muddy springs, texas during times of the depression. Raf deopham green is a former world war ii aerodrome, built in 194243 and located near. Maps of the area before and after the airfield was constructed are displayed in the main corridor of the clubhouse of lasham gliding society on the north side of the airfield off avenue road.
An airfield history hardcover january 1, 1989 by col. Ludham airfield raf ludham, also known as rnas ludham and hms flycatcher was an airfield. Ludham airfield is open for visitors at pilots and passengers risk only, strictly ppr for pilot briefing. Old maps of ludham airfield historic maps of the ludham airfield area. For the following three months, the airfield was used by nos.
It is a tremendous book, absolutely superb and tells the story through a lot of. It was norfolks most easterly airfield and the short hop to the coast made it a perfect establishment for maritime support and home to the spitfires of sections of 152 squadron, which. The engines were three sunbeam cossack 350hp and two german maybach ivs 260hp, giving a total of 1570hp. However there is a lot of local information about ludham and the area at the ludham archive, this is a valuable resource with lots of information about the area. Shipdham was built in 19411942, the first us heavy bomber airfield in the english county of norfolk. Photos, maps, personal memories and local books of ludham airfield. Originally, in 1940, docking was a decoy airfield for bircham newton, when dummy hudson aircraft were parked and successfully attracted the attention of the german bombers on. Ludham airfield limited filing history free information. If you would like to send us a present, a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web. The parish has a long history and was certainly well established by the time of the norman conquest, its population, land ownership and productive resources being extensively detailed in the domesday book of 1086. I james story of raf lulsgate bottom redcliffe 1989 luton.1040 597 120 290 393 1498 1037 224 680 1073 374 1537 1412 961 878 1449 1481 19 491 946 389 457 9 1185 500 120 1640 1137 902 459 775 217 428 162 1268 1052 635 15 17 1376 1453 1196 879 151 1294 1208 1148 56