TF6304 : Remains of a FIDO installation

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

Remains of a FIDO installation
Remains of a FIDO installation
Depicted here (at right) is one of the covered pits housing a control valve of the FIDO installation; each pit controlled 80 yards of burner line.

RAF Downham Market was the second aerodrome to be equipped with FIDO (Fog Intensive Dispersal Operation), a fog dispersal system developed during WW2. Fog was a constant hazard to aircraft and a method was hence developed to disperse it. This required a network of pipes and petrol burners which were aligned with the runway. By burning petrol at the rate of 100,000 gallons (456,000 litres) per hour, sufficient heat could be produced to lift the fog, thus enabling pilots to take off and, more importantly, to land safely. The aerodrome's FIDO site was located beside Downham Road > Link.
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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Wednesday, 13 July, 2016   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 13 July, 2016
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 63 04 [1000m precision]
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