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Report - Ludham WW2 Airfield - Norfolk - March 2014

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Seferix, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Seferix

    Seferix 28DL Full Member
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    Hey people! As far as I can see this has only been reported once back in 2007 and was only of the outside of the control tower. When I visited yesterday someone had but the grating out of one of the windows which allows you to gain entry into the main control tower. The place has pretty much been stripped out although there is a rumour that there are some hidden underground tunnels at the base leading to Mill Hill to the south.

    From what I can see on the internet the site was restored in 2002 but has deteriorated considerably since then and now looks just as bad as it did before the restoration.

    History:
    Ludham was transferred from No. 12 Group RAF to the Admiralty on 24 August 1944 and occupied by the Mobile Naval Airfields Organisation. RNAS Ludham was commissioned as HMS Flycatcher, RNAS Ludham on 4 September under the command of the Senior Officer Mobile Naval Airfields Organisation. At Ludham the MNAO assembled and dispatched the first five Mobile Naval Air Bases (MONAB) and one "Transportable Aircraft Maintenance Yard" (TAMY). Flycatcher moved from Ludham to RAF Middle Wallop which was more advantageous to shipping the assembled units to the Far East. In return the RAF took Ludham on again.

    In the photo below I have included an aerial photo taken of the site in 1946 showing the whole RAF Base. The little box in the top left is where the control tower is.

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    Thanks for looking! :)

    SeferixTR
     

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  2. Hector Rex

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    Nice photos! interesting to see the (i guess) original camo paint still clinging on! i love how standardised the layout of these control towers are, i went round one on the weekend, exactly the same as this although in a slightly more sorry state.

    keep up the good work,

    HR
     
  3. TokyoSquad

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    Nice! Sad to see how fast its deteriorated since it was restored.
     
  4. Ordnance

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  5. pigdog

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    cant beat a ww2 airfield
     
  6. sageman

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    my first driving lessons were on those roads :)
     
  7. Seferix

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    lol - Me too Sageman :)
     
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    Here's some Cold War camouflage on an Op on a RAF base, Laarbruch (now Weeze International Airport) out in Germany. There were other more graphic images incorporated into various cammo patterns on other OPs around base... helped to keep morale up :D

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