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RAF Methwold
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
Methwold, Norfolk
Type Royal Air Force station
Coordinates Latitude: 52.511
Longitude: 0.545
Built 1938 (1938)
In use 1938- ()
Current
owner
Air Ministry
Controlled by Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Garrison RAF Bomber Command
Occupants No. 2 Group RAF
No. 3 Group RAF
Battles/wars Second World War, Cold War

RAF Methwold is a Royal Air Force airfield located 2.1 miles (3.4 km) north east of Feltwell, Norfolk and 10.9 miles (17.5 km) north west of Thetford, Norfolk, England.

HistoryEdit

RAF Methwold opened as a dispersal airfield for RAF Feltwell in the Winter of 1938. Vickers Wellington bombers from Feltwell continued to use the site as a satellite base until the grass airfield was transferred to No. 2 Group in the exchange of bases with No. 3 Group, in the summer of 1942. Several asphalt hardstandings were put down for aircraft during 1940-1941.

In August 1943 the airfield was closed to flying while it was upgraded to A standard. Three concrete runways were built, the main aligned on 06-24 (2,000 yards), 11-29 (1,600 yards) and 17-35 (1,500 yards). 36 hardstandings were built, 35 of the loop type and a single pan. The original asphalt pans were not retained.

Following this work, RAF Methwold was a higher standard base than its parent at Feltwell. The airfield was returned to No. 3 Group and became a sub-station of RAF Mildenhall.

43 aircraft either failed to return or crashed during the operations from RAF Methwold; 25 Venturas, 6 Stirlings, and 12 Lancasters.

Methwold aircraftEdit

487 Squadron RNZAF NCOs RAF Methold early 1943

Squadron NCOs at RAF Methwold early 1943

Several types of aircraft have operated out of Methwold, among these:

Methwold squadronsEdit

Current useEdit

After closure as an operational airfield in April 1946, the airfield remained under care and maintenance until it was finally sold in the 1960s. Today the majority of the site has been returned to agriculture, with two hangars remaining in use as agricultural grain stores and two others used for salad preparation and packing for supermarkets. To the southern edge of the site a well preserved battle headquarters and some gunpits along with a number of air raid shelters may be found.

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