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The adjacent home of erstwhile landowner Pat Cubitt was discovered in more recent years to have several hundred buttons stuffed inside its roof while being rethatched. By all accounts domestic maids had unusually done this while assisting airfield personnel in the building’s capacity as an officers’ mess. Tragically these aeronautically priceless artefacts, like most of Bacton’s veteran hangar, were just thrown away.

Also known as: Bacton Aerodrome / RAF Bacton / RNAS Bacton
County: Norfolk
Current Status: Farmland
Date: 1915 - 1919 (last known date March)
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RNAS
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Prominent People: Henry Allingham
Aircraft Roles: Fighter

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):

  • Bacton and Edingthorpe Parish Council
  • Bacton History Group
  • North Waltham Library
  • Witton and Ridlington Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 273 Sqn
  • No 470 (Fighter) Flight
Bacton’s hangar, later relocated to North Walsham 14:07:2006.JPG

Bacton’s hangar on 14 July 2006, after being relocated to North Walsham.

Interior of hangar showing wooden roof trusses 14:07:2006.JPG

Interior of the hangar, showing wooden roof trusses, 14 July 2006.

View across the airfield from the west (16:07:2006).JPG

View across the airfield from the west, 16 July 2006.

View across the airfield from the west 16:07:2006.JPG

View across Bacton from the west, 16 July 2006.


Plan of Bacton, 1916. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

Parent(s)/HQ Airfield(s):

Great Yarmouth I

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