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The airfield was built during 1941-1942 for No 2 Group Bomber Command and opened on 26th June 1942. Foulsham was one of the few airfields to be fitted with FIDO, the fog dispersal system consisting of fires alongside the runways.
The site of the airfield is now used for agriculture.
Squadrons stationed at RAF Foulsham
- No: 192 Squadron. Nov 1943 to Aug 1945.
- No: 462 Squadron. from 27th Dec. 1944.
13th May 1943 98 Squadron Mitchell lost
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Those known to have served at
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Crotch DFC.. John. Sdq. Ldr
- Hanafy John Theodore. Sqd.Ldr. (d.25th May 1943)
- Hilling Bertie Edward. F/Sgt.
- Lawrence. Douglas .
- Young Frederick James.
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Sdq. Ldr John Crotch DFC. 192 SquadronI have a photograph of 192 Squadron given to me some years ago by my late friend John Herbert Crotch then serving in Foulsham. It was taken the very day the squadron was moved to Watton. If you are interested I can scan it and send it to you. RegardsMano Arsenyadis
Frederick James Young 192 SquadronMy Father Frederick James Young passed away in 2004 having kept many of his WW2 memories to himself. However I do have his flying log book detailing his training in Lethbridge, Alberta (April to June 1943) and his subsequent time with 192 Squadron (Special Duty Operations) based at Foulsham (April to October 1944) where he served as an Air Bomber. He completed his tour of operations (40 1/2 operational sorties) flying Wellingtons with F/Lt Dixon on 21st October 1944.Clifford Young
Sqd.Ldr. John Theodore Hanafy 180 Squadron (d.25th May 1943)John Theodore Hanafy died aged 25, born in Bromley in 1918 he was the son of John (real name Mohammad) Zaky Hanafy and the late Agnes May Hanafy (nee South) of Jarrow
John is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension. He iscommemorated at Cambridge University Peterhouse World War 2 War Memorial and also on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.
From other research: The following is posted on the Airfield Information Exchange website blog but is only an assumption: A 1943 B25 Mitchell crash which has left three crewmembers buried in a local (Pende) cemetery. The aircraft, part of a flight of Mitchells of 180 Squadron (based then at Foulsham) came down on 25 May 1943 near Pende, ten minutes from St.Valery-sur-Somme. They had semi-successfully attacked Abbeville airfield, which had by then become the home of the "Abbeville Boys", a gang of Focke-Wulf 190's who played havoc with allied bombers. Three of the four-man crew of the B-25 are buried at Pende, Gunners DRN Reynolds and J Palmerley and Navigator RJ Fowler, yet the pilot, Squadron Leader JT Hanafy lies in Abbeville Cemetery, and I am again puzzled as to why the team has been separated in this way.Vin Mullen
Douglas Lawrence. 426 SquadronMy grandfather, Douglas Lawrence served with the RAF during the second world war.
On the 6th of January 1945 his Halifax bomber (Z5-N) was shot down over Belgium on a mission to Hanau. After some research we have found the approximate location of the crash site is some 2km s from the town of Hargimont.On the night of his final mission there were 8 crew on board, however he was the only survivor. He managed to parachute to safety before watching his plane crash to the ground.
When he landed he remembers being in a large open area covered in snow with a few large rocky outcrops. As it was he had landed around 10 miles from the Battle of the Bulge behind enemy lines. After the crash he headed east until he came to a straight road that had a large bend at one end with a 2 story house on one side. As he walked around the bend he walked straight into a German guard and became a POW.
We are looking for any information that could help us find the exact location of his plane crash site. From the information we have 4 of the crew were first buried about a quarter of a mile from the crash site on top of a hill however the 7 dead now rest at Hotton war Memorial.
My grandfather was with Squadron 462 (we believe he was part of bomber group 100 at the time of his mission) flying from Foulsham. My grandfather has no photographs of his crew or the crash site. If you could help in any way please contact me.Aaron Lawrence
F/Sgt. Bertie Edward Hilling 192 SquadronBertie Hilling flew as a Navigator with 192 Squadron from RAF FoulshamJudith Hilling
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