TF7934 : RAF memorial at Bircham Newton (detail)

taken 3 years ago, near to Bircham Tofts, Norfolk, Great Britain

RAF memorial at Bircham Newton (detail)
RAF memorial at Bircham Newton (detail)
Per Ardua Ad Astra - the motto of the Royal Air Force (RAF). According to the College of Arms an authoritative translation is not possible, but the usual translation is "Through Adversity to the Stars".

The memorial is situated in the grounds of the former Station Commander's house, now the Heritage Centre. The memorial's inscription reads: "In memory of all those who served at this station and of the many who lost their lives in the course of duty." See also > LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link.
RAF Bircham Newton
The aerodrome at RAF Bircham Newton was constructed during WW1, when it was used for fighter pilot training before becoming a bomber base. A major rebuilding programme was undertaken in the 1920s and again in the 1930s. Many of the buildings are still in place and today used by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), who has owned the site since late 1964.

During WW2 the base was one of the most important Coastal Command stations on the East Coast, serving in No. 16 Group. Two satellite aerodromes were opened, one at Docking > LinkExternal link and the other at Langham > LinkExternal link.

The flying field never received concrete runways and after the war there was little use for grass landing strips. For a short time the station was transferred to Flying Training Command and was later used as a demobilisation centre and aircrew holding unit, and by Transport Command as well as for the training of the Blind Approach System and other radio aids the base was finally closed in December 1962. For more information see > LinkExternal link.

When the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) purchased the site in late September the intention was to house its Head Office and Training Centre there. In September 1966, a training centre was opened which has become the National Construction College (East), also known as ConstructionSkills.

(Please note that the CITB site is strictly private and anyone wishing to visit must obtain prior permission.)
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Date Taken
Sunday, 3 May, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 4 May, 2015
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Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 7923 3404 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:52.4383N 0:39.6998E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 7922 3406
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