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MOUSEHOLD HEATH AIRFIELD

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The site of Mousehold Heath, a First World War Royal Flying Corps (RFC) airfield (1914 ' 1919) and an important repair and maintenance depot which later became an Acceptance park. The site was originally a cavalry training-ground until it was taken over by the RFC. After the First World War the airfield continued to be used as an aircraft factory site until 1930. A civilian flying club flew from Mousehold in the 1920s and the airfield operated as Norwich Municipal Airport between 1933 and 1939. The airfield was used by the military as a Motor Transport Storage site and as an Elementary (and Refresher) Flying Training School (Number 40 E & RFTS) between 1937 and 1939. During the Second World War the airfield was used as a bombing decoy and an anti-aircraft battery (see record) and radio beaken were established there. It may also have been used as a Prisoner of War camp. Flying from the airfield finished in the early 1950s and the hangars were subsequently converted into light industrial use as part of Roundtree industrial estate.
The airfield covered 263 acres and contained a domestic and technical site. The technical site was equipped with a number of hangars including a coupled General Service shed. The first unit based at Mousehold Heath was Number 9 Training Squadron which stayed there until January 1918. A number of other squadrons stayed at the airfield inluding 18, 37, 85 and 117 Squadrons. From 1916 Mousehold Heath was the headquarters of the RFC Number 7 Wing. The airfield also became an important repair and maintenance depot in 1917 which subsequently became the Number 3 Acceptance park. After the war the the buildings were taken over by the Norfolk company of Boulton and Paul which continued the development and construction of aircraft until 1930.

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