Norfolk Military History
Some resources are difficult to classify. See also
Norfolk Military Records
This branch of the armed forces starts off with balloons followed by Air Battalions
(inc. Airships and Planes etc.) which then became the Royal Flying Corps (RFC)
The Royal Navy also had a Flying section which became the Royal Naval Air Service
In 1918 the Royal Air Force was formed from the RFC and RNAS.
In the Second World War airfields in Norfolk were used by the RAF and United
States Air Forces.
- History of the formation of the UK Air Forces timeline.
- Military Airfields
There were a large number of airfields and landing sites in the county of
Norfolk during WWI and WWII. More information can be found at web sites
such as :-
- Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust
- Airfields in the County of Norfolk, England
- Control Towers which
has sections on "UK airfields" and "USAAF (in the UK) airfields".
- The following is a list of places used at various times by
the Air Forces for military purposes :-
Horsham St Faith
Norwich (Mousehold Heath)
Oulton (nr Aylsham)
Pulham St Mary
Snarehill (nr Thetford)
- City of Norwich Aviation Museum Horsham St Faiths
(North side of Norwich Airport), Norfolk.
The RAF 100 Group and American 8th Army Airforce were based here.
- The Royal Air Force - Air Defence Radar Museum
at Neatishead, Norfolk
- Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum Flixton, Bungay, Suffolk
- Air Museum at Duxford, Cambs.
- RAF Bircham Newton Memorial Project
- Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum
- 44th Bomb Group, Shipdham Airfield, Shipdham.
Site now Shipdham Flying Club where small museum is located.
- 93rd Bomb Group was based at Hardwick Airfield
- 100th Bomb Group Museum, Thorpe Abbotts
- 389th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibition and Museum, The Old Chapel,
Potash Farm, Hethel
- 448th Bomb Group Collection, Seething
- Blickling Hall (Small Museum on RAF Oulton)
- Bowyer, Michael J.F.
1 Wartime Airfields of East Anglia 1939-1945
[Patrick Stephens Ltd, 1984, ISBN 0-85059-335-2]
- Matthews, Rupert
Heroes of Bomber Command - NORFOLK
[Countryside Books, Newbury, 2006, ISBN 1 84674 000 2]
- Jennings, Mick
RAF Coltishall: Fighter Station.
[Old Forge Publishing, 2007, ISBN 1 90618 301 1]
- Smith, Graham
Norfolk Airfields in the Second World War
[Countryside Books, Newbury, 1994, ISBN 1 85306 320 7]
- Sherlock, Ron
I Remember RAF Coltishall
Archive Edition DVD
[Key Publishing Ltd, 2006]
- 2nd Air Division Memorial Library (USAAF) at the Forum,
Millennium Plain, Norwich.
- 1685 - Norfolk Regiment formed
- Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum, Norwich Castle,
Castle Hill, Castle Meadow/Farmer's Avenue, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU
- Loraine Petre, F
History of the Norfolk Regiment
- 1757 - County Militia (Militia Act) (serve anywhere)
Search at National Archives for
Militia 1757-1914 (Armed Forces heading).
Norfolk Yeomanry (The King's Own Royal Regiment)
- 1807 - Local Militia Act (serve in NFK or adjacent counties)
- Barney, John
The Defence of Norfolk
Norfolk in the Napoleonic Wars
[Mintaka Books, 2000, ISBN 0 95378 091 0]
- McGuigan, Ron
The Forgotten Army:
Fencible Regiments of Great Britain 1793-1816
Overview of book contents (which leads to other pages on the subject).
- 1816 - Local Militia disbanded
- See lists at regiments.org for details of all Norfolk
Militia and Volunteers and their dates.
- 1883 - Norfolk Military Organization from White's Directory.
- Harvey, Sir Charles
The History of the 4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment late East Norfolk Militia
- Harvey, Lt.-Col. J R
Records of the Norfolk Yeomanry Cavalry
- Smith, R J and Harris, R G
The Yeomanry Cavalry of Norfolk
(Vol 12 of series called "The Uniforms of the British Yeomanry
[Chippenham, Wilts - Picton Publishing Ltd, 1991, ISBN 0-9515714-3-5]
- Stanford Training Area (STANTA) created in WWII. West Tofts
Camp and Bodney Camp, both near Thetford, are the Army bases there.
- Dad's Army Museum at
Bressingham (near Diss), Norfolk
- Hoare, Adrian David
Standing Up to Hitler
Story of Norfolk's Home Guard and Secret Army, 1940-44
[Adrian Hoare, Countryside Books, UK, 2002, ISBN 1853067229]
- The Muckleburgh Collection at Muckleburgh Hill
(at site of military camp), near Weybourne, Holt, Norfolk
- 1956 - Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry
- Suffolk Regimental Museum at Gibraltar Barracks, Newmarket Road,
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
- 1964 - Royal Anglian Regiment
- Maritime East Archive at the Time and Tide Museum at Blackfriars
Road, Great Yarmouth
contains some Naval records including books on Nelson.
- Norfolk Nelson Museum explores the life and times of Nelson at
26, South Quay, Great Yarmouth.
- See also the link to main GENUKI page under
- Meeres, Frank
Norfolk in the First World War
[Phillimore, 2004, ISBN 1860772900]
- Storey, Neil R
The Pride of Norfolk
An Illustrated History of the Territorials
[Halsgrove, 2009, ISBN 1-84114-877-9]
- Banger, Joan
Norwich at War
[Popplyland Publishing, 1989, ISBN 0 946148 61 9]
- Douglas Brown, R
East Anglia 1941
[Terence Dalton Ltd, 1986, ISBN 0-86138-019-3]
- Meeres, Frank
Norfolk in the Second World War
[Phillimore, 2006, ISBN 1860773893]
- Storey, Neil R
Norfolk at War (in Old Photographs WWI and WWII)
[Budding Books, 1998, ISBN 1-84015-061-0]
See also the page on Norfolk Military Records
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