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RAF Bircham Newton
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svgNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.png
Bircham Newton, Norfolk
Type Royal Air Force station
Coordinates Latitude: 52.875
Longitude: 0.657
Built 1917 (1917), 1938
In use 1918-1966 (1966)
Ministry of Defence
Controlled by  Royal Air Force
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.png Fleet Air Arm
Garrison RAF Coastal Command
Occupants No. 16 Group RAF
Battles/wars Second World War

Royal Air Force Station Bircham Newton or more simply RAF Bircham Newton is a former Royal Air Force station located 2.1 miles (3.4 km) south east of Docking, Norfolk and 13.4 miles (21.6 km) north east of King's Lynn, Norfolk, England.


The site was first used during the First World War and received the largest British bomber of the time, the Handley Page V/1500. They would have carried out bombing missions against Berlin but the Armistice was arranged before any missions were actually flown.

The airfield was equipped with one aircraft repair shed and three double bay general service sheds, although these had been demolished by 1937. It had two Belfast hangars, three C Type hangars, three Bellman hangars, and ten Blister hangars.

It operated through the Second World War as part of No. 16 Group RAF as part of Coastal Command. No. 206 Squadron RAF was one of the squadrons being based there, on maritime patrol duties. Two satellite airfields, RAF Docking and RAF Langham were opened to accommodate units.

In 1965 the airfield was used for evaluation trials of the Hawker Siddeley Kestrel V/STOL aircraft.



Current use

After closure as an operational airfield in 1966, the airfield became the home of the Construction Industry Training Board. The runways have gone, but the majority of buildings on the site, including some hangars and the control tower, remain in use by the CITB. The control tower was scheduled for demolition in 2008 due to its poor condition.[36]

Constructionarium is also based within the estate, providing a weeks practical learning opportunity for undergraduates.

See also




  • Jefford, C.G, MBE, BA, RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.

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