TG1400 : Old layby beside Stanfield Road

taken 4 years ago, near to Wreningham, Norfolk, Great Britain

Old layby beside Stanfield Road
Old layby beside Stanfield Road
Heaps of earth have been deposited in the former layby which is now completely blocked and inaccessible. This was the location of Defence Site I of RAF Hethel, which was an active airfield during WW2.
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, 25 March, 2016   (more nearby)
Friday, 25 March, 2016
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1449 0035 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:33.5215N 1:9.7683E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1451 0031
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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