TF6303 : Memorial plaque by St Mary's church

taken 6 years ago, near to Bexwell, Norfolk, Great Britain

Memorial plaque by St Mary's church
Memorial plaque by St Mary's church
The plaque commemorates the airfield's two Victoria Cross holders, Flight Lieutenant Arthur Aaron and Squadron Leader Ian Willoughby Bazalgette (both of No 635 Squadron, the Pathfinders). For a wider view of this location see > Link.
RAF Downham Market

The airfield was opened in mid-1942 as a satellite station for RAF Marham. It had three concrete runways which in the late 1970s were lifted and crushed for aggregate, to be used in the construction of the Downham Market by-pass, the A10 road. Only a tiny fragment remains in place today.

The station was home to No. 635 Squadron which formed part of the Pathfinder Force, flying the lead aircraft to mark bombing targets for the following formations. A memorial to two squadron members who were posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross can be found on the green adjoining St Mary's church in Bexwell.

A number of buildings on the former Technical site have survived at what is now the Bexwell Business Park, and a former Mess building can be found on the Stonecross Industrial Estate. See also: Link

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Date Taken
Monday, 14 July, 2014   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 17 July, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 6314 0341 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.2389N 0:24.4571E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 6316 0341
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