Station 115 Shipdham: The Story of a USAF Airfield
- Contains many unpublished ey ewitness accounts
- A sixty-year history of a unique 600-acre patch of East Anglia
- Superbly illustrated with previously unseen black and white photographs
- Stunning images of battle-damaged B-24 Liberators that were bloodied by the Luftwaffe over Nazi Germany
tells of a 600 acre Second World War airfield built on Norfolk farmland in the early 1940s. It is a mere 10 minutes’ flying time from Norwich between the market towns of Dereham and Watton. It covers the gestation of the airfield from open arable farmland through the construction phase to its commissioning as a USAAF heavy bomber base in the frontline of the greatest conflict that the world has ever seen.
It covers the activities at the airfield during the war in detail and then moves on to describing its reversion to farmland in the Fifties. It then follows the re-emergence of the airfield, initially as a base for an air-taxi service and then incorporating a crop-spraying operation for the local intensive cereal industry. In the mid-Eighties, it became home to a flight training school and light aircraft maintenance base.
Finally, it evolved into a general aviation airfield providing a home for light aircraft used for recreation by keen amateur pilots in the Norfolk area.