R.A.F Swanton Morley - A Brief History 1940-1995, by Janine Harrington
Booklet published by the author in 2012, 60 pages. A5 size booklet (N6671)
Royal Air Force Swanton Morley was a Royal Air Force station situated near to the Norfolk village of the same name, and it was built at the start of the Second World War, serving as part of No.2 Group in Bomber Command until 1944, when it was given over to 100 Group. After the war it served a variety of purposes, including as home to the Air Signallers, before finally closing in 1995 and being converted to an army base. This booklet provides a fascinating brief history of the airfield and its operational use, and sections include:
The Village of Swanton Morley - A Brief History
Aviation in Swanton Morley
The Birth of an Airfield
Swanton Morley Airfield
No. 88 Squadron
No. 152 Squadron
No. 226 Squadron
15th Bombardment Squadron
Bombing of Lubeck
First Offcial Combined British and American Raid
RAF No.100 (Bomber Support) Group Swanton Morley Airfield
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.