R.A.F Oulton 1940-1947, A Brief History, by Janine Harrington
Booklet published by the author in 2012, 46 pages. A5 size booklet (N6673X1)
Royal Air Force Oulton was a Royal Air Force station situated a few miles west of Aylsham in Norfolk. Construction of the airfield began in 1939 as a bomber airfield, and upon completion it operated as a satellite airfield of nearby RAF Horsham St. Faith until September 1942, when it operated as a satellite airfield of RAF Swanton Morley. In September 1943 the airfield was transferred from 2 Group to 3 Group and closed to flying for re-construction as a heavy bomber base with concrete runways, taxiways and parking areas, and when this work was completed the airfield transferred to No. 100 Group RAF, until flying operations ceased at the end of July 1945. This booklet provides a fascinating brief history of the airfield during and immeadiately after the war, and sections include:
RAF Oulton Airfield - A Brief History
Units and Dates Based at Oulton
RAF No.100 (Bomber Support) Group
No. 214 Squadron
Oulton Memories - Blenheim Days
Schoolboy Memories by Len Bartram
A WAAF at Oulton 1944-45
Oulton Aircraft Crashes and Accidents
From the introduction: It was as a schoolboy at the start of the war that Len Bartram first began making notes of new happenings around him, intrigued by what it might mean, and the sudden secrecy surrounding fields where he played. When his father became a Night Watchman and he gained a bicycle, it gave Len the ideal opportunity to play 'super sleuth', travelling beyond what he could see, cycling up hill and down dale, charting changes appearing almost on a daily basis, making friends with men and women in blue uniform who began to inhabit newly erected buildings on fields near his home. He watched in awe as aircraft came and went. Roads were closed off. People with strange accents became a part of the everyday scene. In later years, he home produced a series of booklets starting to cover a brief history of Norfolk airfields using maps charted as a boy and information shared by personnel serving in these Squadrons....
Condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.