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Old Catton

Military site : non-airfield

Detailed history

The 2nd Bombardment Substitution Unit (later became the 2nd Air Division) was formed at Old Catton with effect from 12th April 1943. The HQ subsequently moved to Horsham St Faith, and then to Ketteringham Hall.

English Heritage's record description

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  • 2nd Bomb Division

    2nd Bomb Division

    The groups under the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing came under the command of the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 2nd Bomb Wing

    2nd Bomb Wing

    The 2nd Bomb Wing arrived in the UK in July 1942. The wing command became the 2nd Bomb Division in August 1943, while the wing was retitled the 2nd Combat Bomb Wing.

  • Headquarters (2nd Air Division)


  • James Hodges

    Military | Major General | Commanding General
    Major General James P Hodges served as Commanding General of the 2nd Air Division from 13 September 1942 to 1 August 1944. He retired 30 September 1951. His son, James P Hodges II, served as a fighter pilot with the 56th Fighter Group.


Date Contributor Update
16 January 2017 14:38:08 Lucy May Changes to number and person associations

Brought in information from duplicate record. Sources:
Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Office of History, Headquarters Third Air Force, United States Air Forces in Europe; Installations and USAAF Combat Units in the United Kingdom 1942-1945, Revised and Expanded Edition (February 1967, Revised October 1980).

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2017 15:09:46 Rob in Norwich Changes to name and known as

Name changed from 'Old Catton' to 'RAF Old Catton' to differentiate from the locality known as 'Old Catton' in Norwich and to align with the reality that the USAAF 2nd Bombardment Wing Substitution Unit was formed in RAF Old Catton. Documents I am about to upload will confirm this. Rob Edwards

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2017 10:45:46 Rob in Norwich Created entry with name, number, known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date and history

Original research by Rob Edwards. Relevant documents to follow.