R.A.F Swannington, A Brief History 1944-1947, by Janine Harrington
Booklet published by the author in 2013, 58 pages. A5 size booklet (N6669X1)
Royal Air Force Swannington was a Royal Air Force station situated a couple of miles south of Cawston in Norfolk, and it was built in 1944. The airfield was only in use by the RAF for a few years, as they vacated the station in 1947, and this booklet provides a fascinating brief history of the airfield and its operational use during those years. Sections include:
RAF Swannington - A Brief History
RAF No. 100 (Bomber Support) Group Swannington Airfield 1944-47
No. 85 Squadron
No. 85 Squadron Group Captain Peter Wooldridge Townsend Commanding Officer 1940-1941
No. 157 Squadron
A Bombers Moon? Reminiscences of a 'Met Girl'
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.