RAF Downham Market [concept]

Title

RAF Downham Market [concept]

Description

RAF Downham Market was a Bomber Command station located in Norfolk immediately north east of the town of the same name.

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RAF Downham Market opened in July 1942 as part of 3 Group. 218 Squadron was the first occupant with Stirlings. 623 Squadron was formed at the station in August 1943 with Stirlings but disbanded four months later. The FIDO fog dispersal system was installed in October 1943. RAF Downham Market transferred to 8 Group Pathfinders in March 1944 and 635 Squadron with Lancasters was formed. 571 Mosquito Squadron was formed in April 1944 but immediately moved out. In August 1944 608 Squadron was formed at RAF Downham Market with Mosquitos as part of 8 Group’s Light Night Striking Force.

It was home to: 218 Squadron, 571 Squadron, 608 Squadron, 623 Squadron and 635 Squadron.

Aircraft flown included: Stirling, Lancaster and Mosquito.

Contributor

Nigel Moore

Citation

“RAF Downham Market [concept],” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 24, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/23105.

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