The airfield lies 11 miles NE of Norwich, half a mile west of Ludham village, in Norfolk, East Anglia.


Operational flying commenced in November of 1941, Ludham being used as a forward base for fighter command when the Spitfires of 152 squadron began to make daily use of the airfield. It was to be used by many RAF squadrons over next three years but none were to stay for very long. The station was closed to flying operations in July 1943 and work commenced to build three concrete runways, taxi tracks and aircraft hard standings. This work was done to prepare the station for its next intended occupants, the U.S. Eighth Air Force, but they never took up the option of using Ludham for operational duties.


The upgrade work was to take a year, after which time the station remained empty of all but its maintenance complement until August 1944. Although not an operational station in its own right, Ludham was opened by a skeleton duty crew to provide emergency recovery facilities for American bombers returning from raids on the continent; Ludham being the first airfield on the flight path home to Norfolk. In total 8 B17s, 1 B24, 1 P47, & 1 P48 aircraft did have to either crash or make emergency landings at Ludham or in the surrounding area.


LUDHAM was transferred from RAF No. 12 Group to Admiralty charge 24th August 1944, an advance party of the Mobile Naval Airfields Organisation arriving to occupy the airfield the day before. The station commissioned as H.M.S. FLYCATCHER, R.N.A.S. LUDHAM on September 4th.



The RAF wasted mo time in utilising the station, No. 602 (City of Glasgow) squadron arriving within days of the navy leaving on the 23rd, and began operational sorties the following day with their Spitfire XVs. They were joined by 603 (City of Edinburgh) squadron the next day, also flying Spitfires. Both squadrons were to return to Coltishall on April 5th.  The next unit to arrive was 91 squadron which flew in from Manston three days later on the 8th. They were to be joined by No. 1 squadron, also flying the new Spitfire XXIs, arrived on the 14th of May 1945; this was to be a   brief stay before both units departing on July 14th.


No further flying was to take place at Ludham; the station was placed on Care & Maintenance on August 8th 1945. Control transferred to 60 group Fighter Command, on September 3rd and the accommodation sites were straight away utilised for housing personnel from surrounding RAF establishments, the station becoming officially titled 60 Group Personnel Holding Unit on September 25th. The site officially closed in April 1946.


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