TF8425 : RAF West Raynham memorial (memorial plaque)

taken 3 years ago, 3 km from West Raynham, Norfolk, Great Britain

RAF West Raynham memorial (memorial plaque)
RAF West Raynham memorial (memorial plaque)
The memorial was unveiled on 27 September 2014 and commemorates all the personnel that served at the station. For a wider view of this location see > LinkExternal link. For a full view of the memorial see > LinkExternal link.
RAF West Raynham
RAF West Raynham was opened in May 1939 and initially formed part of 2 Group RAF, Bomber Command. In December 1943 the station was taken over by 100 Group, Bomber Support, and in the 1950s it came under the Central Fighter Establishment. In the mid-1960s, Bloodhound missiles and associated radars were installed on the eastern side of the flying field.

The airfield was closed in June 1994, and in 2004 it was decided that the base would play no future role in the defence of the country. It was sold in 2006, and in 2008 planning permission was granted for the construction of 58 houses and for the hangars to be converted into 20 loft-style holiday apartments.

Sadly, a proposal for listing the C-type hangars as well as the Parachute store, Sick quarters, Water tower, Heating plant, Station headquarters and a number of other substantial buildings on the Technical site was withdrawn by English Heritage.

The site is currently managed by FW Properties of Norwich and a number of residential buildings have since been renovated for private use whilst most of the buildings on the Technical site are in industrial use. In 2014, planning permission was obtained by Good Energy for the installation of a 49.9MW solar farm on the flying field. See also: LinkExternal link

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TF8425, 27 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 1 November, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 2 November, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 8460 2512 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:47.5238N 0:44.1789E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 8459 2514
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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