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    Default Airfield identification - name misspelt as "Therfor"

    Hi all,

    I am trying to find out correct name of airfiled noticed as "Therfor" which was used by Wellingtons from RAF Station Honington on 28 and 29 Aug 1940 for training flight because flying at Honington was to often iterrupted by air raid warnings.

    I was thinking about Thetford-Snarehill which woudl fits by the location but as it was used only as "decoy" airfiled during WWII - as far as I was able to find out on link below - I am afraid it would be not possble to make landings and take-off with Wellingtons from this airfield.

    http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/air...ford-snarehill
    https://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1464546

    Any additional infromation or ideas would be much appreciated.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Mildenhall is next to part of Thetford Forrest Park and was a combat bomber station. It's about 15 miles away as the crow (or Wellington) flies.

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    Pavel,
    If all else fails, you could go to www.rafathetford.org.uk/index.php/committee. This is the local branch of the Royal Air Forces Association. They seem to have a good website. Click on 'Committee', and scroll down. There are several email addresses for some of the senior branch officers. Like my sign-off, they might not know, but they might know who does!!!
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    Hi Pavel,
    Is this 311 Sqn? According to Wikipedia, "East Wretham airfield was hurriedly brought into service during the early years of World War II as a satellite airfield with No. 311 (Czech) Squadron dispersed there from RAF Honington on 29 July 1940. A more permanent allocation followed in September."

    East Wretham is only 6 miles from Thetford and on the fringes of Thetford Forest.

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    Pavel,
    Almost certainly it is what was RAF/USAAF East Wretham (see the quadrilateral centred at GE 52.470688 0.805720). It was known (variously) when I was doing exercises there as STANTA (STANford Training Area), Thetford, Thetford Chase(a large medieval forest which used to cover much of the area), Wretham, East Wretham, etc, depending on which bit of it you were in!
    You can see a number of ancillary features (hardstandings, taxiways, ATC twr, etc) outside the quadrilateral. A lot of stuff at https://aviationtrails.wordpress.com...er-command-p1/ - which you probably already know?
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    Hi all,

    many thanks fo all your posts.
    Yes, Wellington in question were of 311 Sq but it was before the operational Flight has moved there in September so I was thinking it would another airfiled.
    But as this is nore from Czech war diary before the official RAF ORB has been started. Also it is before the East Wretham is mentioned for the first time so I agree it would be East Wretham indentified only by the closest town Thetford and written with wrong spelling.

    Pavel
    Last edited by CZ_RAF; 10th February 2019 at 16:18. Reason: typos
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