TF6304 : Old airfield building on a field boundary

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

Old airfield building on a field boundary
Old airfield building on a field boundary
This building is the only one still standing to the north of the airfield. It was the Fuzing Point shed.

This was the building where the laden bomb trolleys coming from the bomb dump were towed to for the purpose of fitting the aircraft's bomb loads with fuzes, and from where they were then very carefully towed out to the aircraft. In the RAF, bomb triggers are called fuzes, spelled with a 'z' and electrical connections are called fuses, with an 's'.
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
Wednesday, 16 July, 2014   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 17 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 6355 0423 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.6734N 0:24.8443E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 6358 0419
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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