TM1899 : Weather vane in Bracon Ash garden

taken 4 years ago, near to Bracon Ash, Norfolk, Great Britain

Weather vane in Bracon Ash garden
Weather vane in Bracon Ash garden
It is situated opposite the village green > LinkExternal link and presumably a reminder of the aircraft which flew over here from nearby RAF Hethel, which was an active airfield during WW2.

The aircraft represented by the weather vane is, however, a Vought F4U Corsair, probably one of the most famous American fighter aircraft but a type which never flew from RAF Hethel. Designed to operate from the flight deck of US aircraft carriers, the Corsair saw service during the WW2, initially from land bases and operated by US Marine pilots because of issues with carrier landings, but once resolved the F4U became the most capable carrier-based fighter-bomber of the conflict.



As mentioned before, it is one of the most famous warbirds.
RAF Hethel (USAAF Station 114)
RAF Hethel was one of the first in Norfolk of the bomber stations built for the use by USAAF as a bomb squadron base. It was designated Station 114. Completed in 1942, the base was used by the 320th Bombardment Group and later by the 310th and 389th Bombardment Groups. The Station headquarters was based at the nearby Ketteringham Hall which from 1943 to 1945 also became the headquarters of the 2nd Air Division of the USAAF's 8th Air Force.

After the war, the airfield was handed over to RAF Fighter Command. It became a Personnel Transit Centre before being taken over by the RAF Technical Training Command until 1948, when the base was closed. The Air Ministry sold the airfield in 1964. Most of the buildings have since been demolished. The land is currently occupied by the Lotus Car Company, by an industrial estate and a chicken farm.

One of the aerodrome's defence sites has survived on the northern edge of the flying field.

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Date Taken
Friday, 6 February, 2015   (more nearby)
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Friday, 6 February, 2015
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Housing, Dwellings 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 1821 9996 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:33.2228N 1:13.0401E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 1823 9995
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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