Notes on RAF Foulsham



Notes on RAF Foulsham


Squadron Leader A N Banks, Station Intelligence officer, RAF Foulsham notes that the station was engaged on special duties with two squadrons, one of Halifax and the other Mosquito. Halifax was used for dropping window and the Mosquito with radio countermeasures. Recalls and event in April 1944 when a Halifax collided with a Mosquito as both landed. The Halifax ended up on top of the Mosquito and no crew were injured.


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R.A.F. Station, Foulsham, to which I was posted [deleted] indecipherable word [/deleted] toward the end of 1943 was engaged on special duties. There were two squadrons on the station. One was equipped with Halifax bombers and a small number of Mosquitoes. [sic] The bombers were used to fly on bomber operations dropping small pieces of metalised paper which interfered [deleted] indecipherable word [/deleted] effectively with German radar[deleted] instructions to their night fighters. [/deleted] The Mosquitoes did a very fine job of discovering the frequencies being used by German night fighter control. They also carried apparatus [deleted] which [/deleted] [inserted] to [/inserted] record [deleted] ed [deleted] the verbal instructions being given by ground control to German night fighters. The other Halifax squadron was manned by Australian personnel – a fine lot of men.
In April 1944 there was a remarkable accident [inserted] at Foulsham [/inserted] involving a Halifax and a Mosquitoe. [sic] A Halifax returning from an operation in the early hours of the morning collided with a Mosquitoe [sic] which had landed almost immediately in front of it [deleted] he Halifax [/deleted]. The bomber came to rest on top of the Mosquitoe [sic] and the aircraft and crew did not see each other until after the collision. In fact the crew of the Halifax were not aware that they had landed on top of the Mosquitoe [sic] until they climbed out of the [inserted] ir [/inserted] aircraft. Owing to an air raid warning neither aircraft was [deleted] e [/deleted] showing navigation lights and the Halifax’s radio transmitter was out of order. Fortunately neither aircraft caught fire and none of the two crews were injured.
SqnL AN [underlined] Banks [/underlined] SIO


A N Banks, “Notes on RAF Foulsham,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 23, 2024,

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