TM0198 : Nissen hut on the Industrial Estate at Stalland Common

taken 5 years ago, near to Stalland Common, Norfolk, Great Britain

Nissen hut on the Industrial Estate at Stalland Common
Nissen hut on the Industrial Estate at Stalland Common
The murals depicting scenes from the story of Robin Hood have survived in good condition in this Nissen hut on the former Communal site of RAF Deopham Green > LinkExternal link. Some people who have seen it say that the Robin Hood depicted in the mural resembles the actor Errol Flynn in his role as Robin in the 1938 American film "The Adventures of Robin Hood".
RAF Deopham Green (USAAF Station 142)
RAF Deopham Green is a former World War II aerodrome, built in 1942/43 and located near the hamlet of Deopham Green. Opened in 1944, the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Eighth Air Force 452nd Bombardment Group (Heavy). After the war the field was handed back to RAF Maintenance Command and public roads that had been closed during construction were re-opened. The airfield was closed in 1948 with most of the buildings torn down and the land returned to agricultural use. Many of the runways and taxiways of the old airfield remain. See also: LinkExternal link
WW2 USAAF graffiti and artwork
During WW2 the US Army Air Force (USAAF) occupied many of the aerodromes in East Anglia. In their spare time some of the servicemen decorated the walls of the buildings they lived and spent some time in with graffiti and murals. The 'noses' of many of their aircraft too were often embellished with paintings and, presumably to boost morale, bombing missions flown and downed enemy aircraft were recorded by either painting bombs or swastikas, often several rows of them, onto their aircraft. Others drew personal mission boards onto the walls of their barracks huts. Skillfully executed paintings depicting aircraft, semi-clad women, cartoon characters or landscape scenes have also been recorded. Some of this wartime artwork has been preserved in restored buildings and some has been extracted and is now on display in museums, but much remains in situ, often unrecorded, deteriorating in decades-old damp buildings and sadly, a lot has already been lost.
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TM0198, 30 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 29 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 30 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 0188 9847 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:32.7980N 0:58.5550E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 0189 9848
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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