Monument record HRM 012 - Horham Airfield
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 20285 72958 (1747m by 1471m)|
|Civil Parish||DENHAM, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK|
|Civil Parish||HORHAM, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK|
|Civil Parish||HOXNE, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (4)
Horham was one of the earliest of the new heavy bomber bases built in East Suffolk to be opened, although it was originally built by the RAF. The two T2 hangars were erected on the S side of the runway. The technical site was adjacent to the two hangars beside the B1117 road to Eye. HQ, administrative and living sites were Nissen hut type temporary buildings and dispersed in farmland to the west of the airfield in the parish of Denham. The USAAF left Horham in 1945, and gave its Stars and Stripes HQ flag to the nearby Stradbroke Church.
The airfield was returned to the RAF on Oct 9th, 1945 and became a satellite for No.s 25 and 26 maintenance units. In Oct 1978, the hangars were dismantled and it was declared a surplus inactive station. In later years, the RAF Bloodhound missile site used part of the airfield but when this moved the complete site was sold during 1961-64. A mushroom growing plant was established at the end of one runway during the 60's and St Ives Sand and Gravel company carried out work elsewhere. On the West, away from the airfield, there stood a hospital and this was used in the 70's by a farmer as a grain store. The doors still had stencilled names on (S1) Sick quarters/hospital (on N side of the airfield, now a museum) and communal site considered worthy of preservation. Officers mess etc being restored. S2
- --- SSF58924 Unpublished document: Schofield, T. Sommers, M. and Taylor, S.. 2018. Geophysical Survey, Trial Trench Evaluation & Metal Detector Survey: 'World War 2 Treasure Hunters' TV Series, Horham Airfield, Horham.
- <S1> SSF50091 Bibliographic reference: Freeman, Roger A. 1978. Airfields of the Eighth - Then and Now. Freeman, Roger., A. 1978.
- <S2> SSF50153 Bibliographic reference: Email. Cuthbert M, email to Pendleton C (SCCAS). 27/10/2004 & 9/11/04.
- FSF48845: AIRCRAFT COMPONENT (Second World War - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
- FSF48846: BULLET (Second World War - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
- FSF48847: BICYCLE (Second World War - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
- FSF48848: BOMB (Second World War - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
- FSF48849: COIN (Edwardian - 1903 AD to 1903 AD)
- FSF48850: COIN (Early 20th century - 1930 AD to 1930 AD)
- FSF48851: COIN (Early 20th century - 1913 AD to 1913 AD)
- FSF48852: COIN (Early 20th century - 1920 AD to 1920 AD)
- FSF48853: COIN (First World War - 1918 AD to 1918 AD)
- FSF48854: COIN (Undated)
- FSF48855: COIN (Undated)
- FSF48856: BUCKLE (Undated)
- FSF48857: BADGE (Undated)
- FSF48858: COIN (Second World War - 1944 AD to 1944 AD)
- FSF48859: BRACELET (Undated)
- FSF48861: OINTMENT JAR (Second World War - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
- None recorded
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Record last edited
Apr 1 2019 1:02PM