The main gate at RAF Watton in the winter of 1963
The main gate at RAF Watton in the winter of 1963

On this page are links to memories (most recently added first)  given to the Editor for preservation. It is a great sadness that many contributors have passed on.

RAF Watton – Extracts from the 1940 Diary of Jack Bartley

The following are extracts from the personal diary of Jack Bartley ex. RAF No. 626100 who served at RAF Watton with No 21 Sqdn as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner during…

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Chronicles of a Charmed Life  By Jack Bartley. Ex. RAF No. 626100 

Jack served at RAF Watton with No 21 Sqdn as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner during the first half of 1940. During the advance of the German army into the low…

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Eclipse of an Air Gunner By Jack Bartley. Ex. RAF No. 626100 

Jack served at RAF Watton with No 21 Sqdn as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner during the first half of 1940. On the morning of 14th May 1940 we looked up…

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It’s All In a Day’s Work. A difficult job removing wounded aircrew for Harry Osbourne 

When on 10th May 1940, Hitler’s troops crossed the Maginot Line into Belgium, it brought them into confrontation with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) who were rushed up from France.…

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Don ‘Mac’ McFarlane and R3821

Don “Mac” McFarlane, an Observer on 82 Squadron flew in R3821 on a number of occasions prior to 13th August 1940 and was scheduled to fly on the 13th August.…

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My Arrival At RAF Watton By Frank Harbord 

Frank was posted to Watton as one of the crews to replace the eleven lost on the 17th May 1940 on a raid to Gembloux in Belgium. His time in…

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Central Signals 90 Group life in 1950 – 1952  By Roy Bending 

I was at RAF Watton Central Signals 90 Group, arriving about October 1950, having completed technical training at RAF St Athan. The conscription period had been increased from eighteen months…

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The View From The Cab The MT Driver’s perspective By John Beavin 

I arrived at Watton in Sept 1950 from 90 GP HQ Medmenham. I was an MT driver. I can only recall Lincolns being based at Watton at that time, there…

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Dev. Sqdn B flight – Groundcrew for Lincoln B2’s Joe Hemmings

3134186 AC2 Hemmings – Joe to his mates of the time, and nicknamed ‘Josh’  Hi guys – I’ll do my best to remember this all accurately but I’m now 73…

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Gallery: Pictures from Ralph Swift’s album

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