TF6404 : Disused Laing hut

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

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Disused Laing hut
Disused Laing hut
This site formed part of RAF Downham Market, which was an active airfield during WW2. It housed the men employed by William Press, the contractor who installed the aerodrome's fog dispersal (FIDO) system. According to the airfield site plan, the buildings were Laing huts and the site was disused by 1944, as by then the FIDO installation had been completed. Depicted here is the only building still standing on the site.
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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TF6404, 17 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 13 July, 2016   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 13 July, 2016
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 6422 0403 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.5535N 0:25.4315E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 6423 0400
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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