RAF Watton – Norfolk

RAF Watton closed in 1991 and sold in 1998. The residential areas were sold for residential use; and most of the technical buildings have been demolished, ie control towers, water towers, boiler rooms etc.

Not much remains of the base when I visited – most of it had been demolished.

There were four hangars concrete C-Type hangars at Watton…

Hangar 1

This has been partly demolished. Just the roof remains…

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Hangar 2

This is still complete, and full of dirt.

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Hangar 3

This has been totally gutted, and the doors taken off. The offices on the airfield side have been demolished. Half of the ones on the other side are gone too. There are lots of red crosses painted on the side – I can only assume for drilling and filling with explosives…

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Hangar 4

This hangar was full of diggers – presumably owned by the demolition contractors. The offices on the side are relatively un-interesting. But colourful.

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The little building

The armoury was once here.

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118 Responses to RAF Watton – Norfolk

  1. norman hall says:

    I was posted to Watton straight from boy entrant training in 1961, Air Radar Mech., Stayed for about eighteen months posted to Yatesbury for fitter training, then back to Watton until sent to the dreaded Khormakser , at the height of the troubles. Back to Watton until 1969. Then joined Airworks at Eastern Radar as a civilian tech for a further four years. Watton was a very happy station and I thoroughly enjoyed all my time there. Sad to see that ,in the name of progress, it has become one big ugly housing estate. Piers our paths must have crossed whilst at Eastern. Happy times . It only seems like yesterday.

  2. Robert Harding [Bob] 2746288 SAC Airframe Mech. says:

    I was posted to “B” Flight Dev Sqdn. on return from Aden in March of 1958 till Feb 1960 on demob. Looking back it was the best time of my Airforce service Lincoln SX 992 was in particular, a memory of mine.!!

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