-1941 Site opened as a Decoy Airfield for RAF Docking

-1942 Oct construction started to create a 'Class A' airfield

-1943 Nov the airfield becomes operational

-1943 Dec RAF 100 Group are allocated to North Creake Airfield

-1944 May 199 Squadron arrive at North Creake from Lakenheath - flying Stirling IIIs.

-1944 Jun - the first mission from North Creake Airfield - carrying out Radio Counter Measures in support of D-Day

-1944 Jun - just a few days later on 16th June the first loss - Aircraft N is missing (and never found). All crew lost.

-1944 Sep 171 Squadron formed at North Creake Airfield. Initially flying Stirling IIIs, these were subsequently replaced by Halifax IIIs

-1945 May during the final sortie two aircraft (both Halifax) collided just south of Kiel and are Bomber Command's last aircraft lost.

- 1945 Sep Put into care and maintenance and used for breaking Mosquito aircraft

- 1947 Sep North Creake Airfield closed and sold

The Control Tower RAF North Creake Airfield 1945

Photo by Sgt Norman Turnbull - Caravan Controller RAF North Creake 1944-45

This site is still under construction - like the Control Tower! We have been piecing together the history of The Control Tower and the role of RAF North Creake Airfield during WWII since we moved in. As yet we have not written it all down so we will keep adding to this page over the coming months and years as we bring all our findings together.

The slideshow is made up of a collection of photos from the John Reid archive on North Creake. Without him our understanding of what happened here would be far less. He is about to publish a book on the history of 199 Squadron - it is not available to buy yet but you can find out more here.

In the meantime you can find out more information on these sites

 

  

  • RAF 100 Group - Bomber Support arm of Bomber Command

  • Heavy Bomber Base for Stirlings and Halifax Aircraft

  • RAF 199 and 171 Squadrons

  • 3 Runways

  • 36 Hard standings

  • Domestic sites for 3,300 (2,900 men and 400 women)

  • Hangarage - 2 T2 style and 1 B1 Hangars (all still in situ)

  • Primarily carried out Radio Counter Measures - using

    • Mandrel (electronic jamming)

    • 'Window' (aluminium foil strips aka Chaff)

  • Code Name: WORKER

  • Code: NO

  • OS Ref TF899385

Our love affair with the Control Tower...

  

The project began for us in October 2011 when we moved in to our beloved Control Tower.

Over the years the Tower has had many uses - from offices to flats, all of which helped to ensure its survival but have also taken their toll on its appearance.

Our major works are almost complete but we will never finish - the Control Tower is a job for life.

 Our Mission

  To restore the exterior to its 1943 iconic modernist look 

  To create a comfortable period home and B&B

  To nurture relaxing gardens to compliment the tower

We spent most of the first year clearing the area around the Control Tower - 160 40' leylandii trees, 500 tons of concrete (a post war yard), more rickety old sheds than you could shake a stick at, and lots of internal fencing. We then started landscaping (with a little help from our friends!).

Removing a 90s pitched roof was the most important part of returning the Control Tower to its correct modernist clean lines.It was breathtaking for us when the Control Tower looked the right shape.

Then on to windows, render... and the inside (plumbing, electrics, flooring, plastering... etc) - basically starting again.

We have tried to use the war time buildings - The Air Raid Shelter; Speech Broadcast Building and the Nissen Hut (original structure in a new position) to enhance the Control Tower and each has been given a new use. Even the Stirling Suite which is not an origional building has been given a 1940s look so it is more in keeping of its setting.

You can watch a film about the restoration of The Control Tower here: Norfolk Uncovered - The Story of The Control Tower, RAF North Creake

The best visual improvement we have made to the Tower internally and externally has been installing the Crittall style modern windows. Made by Met Therm the are just right for the building - fitted with incredible care and attention.