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Horsham St Faith

Military site : airfield

Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield was used by the USAAF. Groups based here included the 319th Bomb Group, the 56th Fighter Group and the Liberator-equipped 458th Bomb Group, which operated from the airfield from early 1944. Horsham St Faith was handed over to RAF Fighter Command in July 1945, and continued to be used by the RAF well into the Cold War, home to Gloster Meteor jet fighters. The RAF left the airfield in 1967, and the site was redeveloped as an airport: Norwich International.

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English Heritage's record description

A World War Two military airfeld, now the civil airport for Norwich. The airfield was originally built pre-war but opened as an operational airfield called Horsham St Faith in 1940. It was initially used by Royal Air Force Bomber Command. It was provided with permanent brick buildings and five aircraft hangars (type C), though at this stage the flying field was grass. When the United States Army 8th Air Force took over in 1942 three concrete runways and a perimeter track were added, along with a number of hard standings. The Airfield was designated as Station 123. The American units using the base were 319th and 458th Bomb Groups. The airfield passed to Royal Air Force Control once more in July 1945. The east -west runway was extended in 1956. The Royal Air Force left between 1960-1967. The site then became a civil airport and an industrial estate. Some elements of the wartime defences of the airfield were noted in the 1980s and 1990s.



  • 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.

  • 93rd Combat Bomb Wing
  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 469th Sub-Depot
  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 18th Weather Squadron

    18th Weather Squadron

    Browse 18th Weather Squadron photographs and other documents in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library digital archive here:

  • 60th Station Complement Squadron
  • 752nd Bomb Squadron
  • 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • 754th Bomb Squadron


  • Wilbert Abshire

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). A/C 42-95183 'Briney Marlin' Forming up, hit by A/C 42-95159. Plane went into spin and crew was ordered to bail out. Immediately after Carlstrum and Abshire bailed out, the pilot was able to gain control and the rest of the crew...

  • Dewey Adams

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Hellesdon, Norwich after takeoff for 1st operational mission on 2-Mar-44 in B-24H 41-28669. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • John Adamson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-28720 and crashed near Finsterwalde. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Arthur Akin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Death Non Battle. Crashed on practice mission, was subbing for another Co-Pilot, plane name was 'Lady Jane', 42-95133.

  • Donald Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    "DC", as he was called, attended the following service schools: ...

  • Everett Allen

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by flak and crashed at Diek on 29-Jun-44 in B-24 42-51095. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 7092 Awards: AM (2OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Robert Allin

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 April 1944 in B-24 #41-29273 'Flak Magnet'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lewis Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane crashed on takeoff. B-24 #4295120 'Hookem Cow'

  • Frederick Angeloch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. ETD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raphael Anthony

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Nose Gunner | 458th Bomb Group

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  • 41-28667 'Jayhawker'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 752BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Tutow, Germany. E/A seen to hit #3 engine which was successfully feathered. Failed to keep up with formation despite jettisoning bombs and headed for neutral territory. Landed at...

  • 41-28669 'Ginny'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 752BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed on 1st combat mission, shortly after take off, stalled possibly due to icing of wings. 2-Mar-44. 3 x RTD, 7 x KIA. Cat 5 damage, written off.

  • 41-28678

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) - Aircraft was lost due to mechanical failure on 22-Mar-44 mission to bomb the BMW engine factory at Basdorf outside Berlin,Germany. Eight of the crew became POW's and one was killed because...

  • 41-28710 "Squat 'N Droppit"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Flown by at least 13 different crews on 21 missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Porcaro. Shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12-Jun-44. 8 x EVD, 1 x KIA....

  • 41-28718 'Bo'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 752BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 27 missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin. Attacked by Fw190's and dropped out of formation in spin with one engine knocked out. Landed in Rinkaby, Sweden. 11 x Interned (INT). 29-Apr-44. MACR 4451.

  • 41-28720

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin, just short of IP hit by flak causing oil leak on #4 and turbo failure #2. Dropped out of formation, calling for fighter cover, Me210's attacked them knocking out the tail...

  • 41-28733 'Rhapsody in Junk'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Fassberg airfield, Germany shot down by flak on the 18-Jun-44. 9 x POW 1 x KIA. MACR 5908.

  • 41-28738 'Meat Around the Corner'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Epinal. Left formation at target salvoed bombs, 1 x engine feathered and some control lost of rudders, 11-May-44. Headed for and crashed Jegenstorf, Switzerland. Crew...

  • 41-29273 Flak Magnet

    B-24 Liberator
    MACR 4180: Spaven's A/C was hit by Flak at approximately 19:38 hours SW of Hamm, Germany. The #2 engine caught fire and the A/C fell out of formation. Four chutes were seen. A/C then was brought under control and Lt George N. Spaven Jr regained...

  • 41-29295 Bomb Totin' Mama

    B-24 Liberator

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Date Contributor Update
03 September 2019 13:39:21 Emily Changes to english heritage description

Historic England National Monument Record TG 21 SW 63

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978).