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NARBOROUGH AERODROME WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and Copyright © Christine Yaxley 2018
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© Shaz Ann 2018

The memorial takes the form of an oval plaque mounted on a rough stone wall in the churchyard of St Mary's Church. There is a further descriptive plaque created by Narborough Local History Society. Further details can be found on Wikipedia
Photographs Copyright © Shaz Ann 2018

NARBOROUGH AERODROME
1915-1919
THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THE MEN AND
WOMEN WHO SERVED AT NARBOROUGH AERODROME IN
THE ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE
THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS
THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
LEST WE FORGET
MCMXCVI

NARBOROUGH AERODROME
1915-1919

The descriptive plaque reads:

West Norfolk's first aerodrome was opened in Narborough parish in August 1915. Just over a mile from this spot. It grew in size to become the largest all-aircraft aerodrome in Britain during the Fiirst World War - only four airship stations covered a larger area.

It opened initially as a night landing ground for the Royal Naval Air Service, but soon developed into a Royal Flying Corps Training Station. In April 1918 the aerodrome was trasnferred to the newly formed Royal Air Force, and at the signing of the Armistice nearly a thousand service men and women were based threre. In it's short history. Personnel included british and American Air and Ground Crews, Members of the Womens Auxiliary Air Corps (later, the Womens Royal Air Force) and German Prisoners of War. W. E. Johns and Alan Cobham Webb were two of a number of well known personalities who were stationed there.

Twenty one squadrons served at narborough, two squadrons, Nos. 59 and 121, formed at the station, eleven were training or reserve squadrons, and two, No. 35 and No. 83 were front line squadrons. In addition there were three American aero squadrons, and after the war ended, three returning cadre squadrons.

A large number of aircraft typesd were in servic3e, ranging from the early Avro 504s, to the FE2Bs, DH9s and RE8s, Sopwith camels' and Snipes.

The airfield closed in 1919 and the land returned to Agriculture.

Narborough Local History Society 1996

 

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