TF7739 : Memorial at RAF Docking

taken 5 years ago, near to Docking, Norfolk, Great Britain

Memorial at RAF Docking
Memorial at RAF Docking
It stands on the southern edge of the former RAF Communal site situated in the fork between Brancaster Road and the minor road leading to Brancaster Staithe. The fields surrounding Sunderland Farm where the grass airstrips used to be situated, can be seen in the background.
The WW2 airfield at Docking
Initially the location served as a dummy aerodrome, intended to confuse the enemy into believing it to be a real airfield and to drop their bombs here rather than on RAF Bircham Newton, the real airfield nearby. When it was decided that Docking was far better suited for night operations than its parent station at Bircham Newton, its grass runways were soon populated by a number of different types of RAF aircraft, with the probably most important squadron stationed here being the No 521 Squadron, a meterological unit tasked with providing the most recent weather data urgently required by RAF's bombardment squadrons.

The airfield was sold off in 1958 and the land has long since reverted to agriculture. Only a few of the original buildings remain on some of the former campsites.

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Date Taken
Monday, 14 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 15 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 7762 3912 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:55.2073N 0:38.4325E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 7761 3912
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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