About Hardwick the RAF and the USAAF
RAF Hardwick is a former World War II airfield in England. The field is located near the village of Topcroft , 5 miles (8 km) west of Bungay in Norfolk and a similar distance from the A140 main road from Norwich to Ipswich. (See Maps page).
Hardwick Airfield was one of the early
heavy bomber airfields which were constructed for the RAF during 1941-42 in the East Anglian
area. It was built by John Laing & Son Ltd.,
and required 4
miles (6 km) of surface drains, 13 miles (19 km) of drains, 13 miles
(19 km) of roadways, 5 miles (8 km) of sewers and 7 (11 km) of water mains. A
total of 4,750,000 bricks were used in
construction of the camp. Three runways were constructed in concrete, each 50 yards (46m) wide, lengths
1,975 yards (1808m), 1,400 yards (1280m), and 1,400 yards (1280m). Total area of conrete in
runways, perimeter track and aircraft dispersal points, 550,000 square
yards, 113 acres (459870m2, 46 hectares). Cost: $4,400,000 in 1942.
(WebMaster - that's roughly 63
Like other heavy bomber fields originally planned for RAF needs and
begun at the same time, this airfield had three T-2 hangars grouped
together on the administrative and technical site, in this case on the
eastern side of the airfield. The technical site was adjacent to the
hangars and bordered the country road running from Hempnall to Alburgh.
On the eastern side of this road lay the
major part of the camp with
domestic sites hidden amongst woodland. One site was located at Topcroft Street. All accommodation was of the temporary type, mostly Nissen huts.
The bomb dump was situated off the north-west corner of the airfield in
and adjacent to Spring Wood.
(Much of this is an extract from a Wikipedia article,
see the full Wikipedia article and more about the USAAF involement.)
The photo opposite show the main runways at Hardwick Airfield but not the accommodation area where the 93rd Bomb Group Museum is sited. The accomodation area is to the right of the map along the road marked to Topcroft Street. See also the Maps page.
The 1942 aerial photo opposite overlayed
on a Mar 2012 Google map.
Click to enlarge.
reminder to self, must do better on next overlay)
Hardwick airfield in the year 2012, it's still in use as an airfield.