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RAF Feltwell



   During World War 1, Feltwell airfield was used as No. 7 Training Depot Station. The Station rebuilt in 1937 and at the outbreak of war was allocated to Bomber Command. On the 4th April 1940 No. 75 (NZ) Squadron of the RAF became the first Commonwealth squadron to be formed in Bomber Command. They took part in the early bombing offensive against enemy-occupied territories, flying Wellington bombers. While returning from a raid on Munster on 7/8th July 1941, one of its aircrew, Sergeant Pilot JR Ward, RNZAF, won the Victoria Cross. Feltwell suffered a series of raids by enemy aircraft in February and March, 1941. The airfield sustained little damage, except to the Sergeant's mess, but several houses in the village were demolished, and families made homeless.

Today Feltwell is home to the American Airforce.

Squadrons stationed at Feltwell

  • 75 (NZ) Squadron. Apr 1940 to Aug 1942
  • No. 3 Lancaster Finishing School
  • No: 464 (Aus.) Squadron


 

3rd Sept 1939 Sweep

9th April 1940 Night Ops

10th May 1940 Aircraft Lost

1st Jun 1940 Aircraft Lost

1st June 1940 Aircraft Lost

8th Nov 1940 In Support

20th Nov 1940 Conversion

13th Jul 1941 Aircraft Lost

13th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

10th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

27th Dec 1941 Aircraft Lost

5th Jan 1942 Aircraft Lost

14th March 1942 Disbanded and reformed

1st Apr 1942 Aircraft Lost

12th Aug 1942 75 Squadron Wellington lost

Sept 1942 Reorganisation and Training

4th Sept 1942 Conversion

2nd Dec 1942 Ventura of 464 Squadron lost

6th Dec 1942 Ventura of 464 Squadron lost

6th Dec 1942 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

6th Dec 1942 Ventura of 464 Squadron lost

6th Dec 1942 Ventura of 487 Squadron lost

6th Dec 1942 Bombing Raid


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Those known to have served at

RAF Feltwell

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Banks MID.. James Henry. Flt Sgt.
  • Houghton John.
  • Mobley AFC.. Arthur Benjemin. Ft.Lt.
  • Pearson Ray Sidney. Tech Sgt.
  • Pinney Doreen Eva.
  • Powell DSO, DFC, OBE. John Alexander. Group Captain (d.18th Aug 1944)
  • Stace John Alan. Flt.Sgt.

The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

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John Houghton Military Police

I would be grateful for any information through your site regarding the military police. My father was stationed at RAF Feltwell from 1939 and also at Prestwick. He told me he once escorted a prisoner from Feltwell to Prestwick via train and bus. He also played the french cornet in the military band. Sadly, my hero died at 57yrs of age in 1969 but would have been proud of a mention on your site

John Houghton



Group Captain John Alexander "Speedy" Powell DSO, DFC, OBE 19 Sqd. (d.18th Aug 1944)

I understand that Group Captain Powell was at Feltwell during WW2 although not as a Group captain at the time. He was a pilot and flew Wellingtons amongst other aircraft. Can anyone confirm whether he did?

Jeremy Powell



Tech Sgt. Ray Sidney Pearson 192 Squadron

My brother and I were in Coventry during the Blitz in 1940 and 1941. Ray joined the RAF in 1941 and after training in Terrill Texas and Ontario Canada qualified as Air Bomber. He actually passed as a pilot but developed a phobia about flying the aircraft so did extra training to be an air bomber. He arrived to 424 Squadron at Topcliffe and took part in approximate 19 raids including 'gardening- laying mines' until Mar 5th 1943 when he reported sick with a painful lump in the groin. He had an operation for a hernia and was off flying until April 21st. When he returned from leave he found that 424 Squadron had left for North Africa and No 1659 Heavy Conversion Unit had arrived At Topcliffe.

Ray then did a mad thing, he volunteered for the secret 192 Squadron at Feltwell (see Espionage in the Ether by W and J Rees). These guys did all sort of things with RADAR and Wireless some of which involved arriving over the target before the bomber streams and hanging about after the raid had finished. Rays career at flying finished after the raid on Hamburg 27th July 1943 when the German defences were baffled by the anti Radar action with 'Window' and misdirection of their fighters by wireless and Hamburg was destroyed. It was Ray's last raid of his tour and he refused to fly any more. He was transferred to the Royal Signals. After the war he went to reunions and one of his comrades told me 'They should have given him a medal, not thrown him out. He brought the plane back three times'. And this was inspite of his phobia about flying the aircraft! A condition not unknown in commercial flying.

Derek Pearson



Ft.Lt. Arthur Benjemin "Mobs" Mobley AFC. 37 Squadron

My father, Arthur Mobely served at Feltwell in 1939/40 with 37 Squadron.

Terry Mobley



Flt Sgt. James Henry "Monty" Banks MID. 212 Squadron

My father, James Banks was evacuated from Orleans airport, France, Tuesday 18th June 1940. A Dakota landed to pick him up, in his words "a lady". They landed at Heston and he was given immediate leave and returned to RAF Feltwell and given sedative to calm uncontroled shakes. This is all I have discovered written in the margins of The Daily Sketch dated Tuesday June 18th.

Any additional info would be wonderful.

Peter Henry Banks



Doreen Eva Pinney 75 Squardron

My nan Doreen Eva Pinney, served at R.A.F Feltwell during WW11 from the years 1940 to 1943 in the MT section (Motor Transport)as a driver her service number is 2002699. she drove a small van and the ambulance but mainly took the men out to the field to collect their aircraft before the raids and also waited for them to come back. Her oppo (mate) was called "Rocky" Parker however the Rocky was her nickname and my grand mother can not remember her first name.

My grandmother has a few stories of her time. I shall give you an example; my gran remembers one late afternoon when the crews were back she remembers a lone German fighter swooped down on the field circled the airfield twice and then waggled his wings then flew off back home this pilot never shot up the planes or the field which surprised my nan and her oppo Rocky. In fact my nan was so impressed that she thought he was a cheeky little begger and she hoped he would make it home safe, as she has told me before that not every German was a Nazi!

Leo Blake



Flt.Sgt. John Alan Stace 111th Sqd.

My Dad, John Stace, served in the RAF Bomber Command on Lancasters. I believe his crew were:

  • Johnny Brown Pilot Flight Engineer
  • John Stace Wireless Operator
  • Peter Bishop Mid Air Gunner
  • Gordon Cox Rear Gunner
  • Nobby Clark Observer or Bomb Aimer Hadfield

Dad joined the RAF in 1942 from school having been an Air Cadet. He left in 1946. The only time he crashed was not whilst with his own crew but with another crew in 1946 he survived but the pilot died. I believe he was at Eastchurch and Feltwell amongst other bases. He flew with 115 Sqadron and also 44 Squadron. He was at Cranwell and also Scampton

I would love to know more about his life as sadly he died in 1977 so I didn't get time to ask him.

Dawn







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