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Great Massingham


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Three bomber support de Havilland Mosquitoes of No 169 Squadron had to abandon their sorties on January 7 1945 as each of their navigators were suffering the effects of having eaten dubious chops and fried potatoes before take-off.

Also known as: Great Massingham Aerodrome / Massingham / RAF Great Massingham
County: Norfolk
Current Status: Aviation / Farmland (main position) / Industry
Date: July 1940 - November 1950 (closed to flying); subsequent limited flying to present
Current Use: Limited flying
Used By: RAF (main user) / RAF (French) / Civil (limited flying)
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved, later paved (1944)
Prominent People: Bill Edrich / Keith Miller / Kenneth Wolstenholme
Aircraft Roles: Aircraft preparation/storage / Bomber (main role) / Fighter (main role) / General aviation (limited flying) / Military development/support / Trainer

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/06/2017):

  • The Dabbling Duck - bedrooms in pub named after famous personnel who served at airfield
  • Great Massingham Parish Council - south side of airfield
  • Little Massingham Parish Council - north side of airfield
  • Massingham Historical Society

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 16 Heavy Glider Maintenance Section

  • No 18 Sqn

  • No 90 Sqn

  • No 107 Sqn

  • No 169 Sqn

  • No 342 Sqn

  • No 1482 (Bombing) Gunnery Flight

  • No 1692 (Bomber Support) Training Unit

  • No 1692 (Radar Development) Flight
  • No 1694 Bomber (Defence) Training Flight
  • No 1694 (TT) Flight
  • No 4109 Anti-Aircraft Flight RAF Regiment
  • No 4303 Anti-Aircraft Flight RAF Regiment
  • Central Fighter Establishment
001T2 hangar and south-west side of perimeter track 15:07:2006.JPG

T2 hangar and south-west side of perimeter track at Great Massingham, 15 July 2006.

002North side of perimeter track facing eastwards 15:07:2006.JPG

North side of the perimeter track at Great Massingham facing eastwards, 15 July 2006.

003South-west end of 04:22 runway, measuring 1,400 yards, and still partly active 15:07:2006.JPG

South-west end of runway 04:22 at Great Massingham, 15 July 2006.

004Aerial View of RAF Great Massingham Airfield - 15 March 2009.png

Aerial view of Great Massingham, 15 March 2009. © Richard Flagg

005Officers Mess - 8 December 2012.png

Officers Mess at Great Massingham, 8 December 2012. © Richard Flagg

006Free Gunnery Trainer - 8 December 2009.png

Free Gunnery Trainer at Great Massingham, 8 December 2009. © Richard Flagg

007T2 Type Aircraft Shed - 8 December 2009.png

T2 Type Aircraft Shed at Great Massingham, 8 December 2009. © Richard Flagg

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T2 Type Aircraft Shed at Great Massingham, 8 December 2009. © Richard Flagg


Remains of a runway at Great Massingham, 19 April 2013.


Remains of a perimeter track at Great Massingham, 21 April 2013.

Parent(s)/HQ Airfield(s):

West Raynham

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