These pictures were all taken at RAF Station North Weald during the 1950's. The captions to each picture in the gallery below are taken directly from the wording on the back of the original photo's. If anyone has more pictures like these of any period of North Weald's history or further information on any pictures on this site we would love to hear from you.To see BBC archive of the first aerial footage of London from planes flown from North Weald Click here.
InJune1952,HRHTheCrownPrincessofNorway,Princess Astrid,unveiledagraniteobeliskbesidethemaingate,on behalfofthetwoNorwegiansquadronswhichwerebasedat theairfieldduringtheSecondWorldWar,dedicated‘in gratitudetotheRoyalAirForce,totheRAFStationNorth Weald, and to the people of the district’.
However,therehasbeennomemorialspecifically commemoratingtheserviceofthehundredsofaircrewand thousandsofairmenandwomenwhoservedatNorthWeald of whom so many lost their lives in the Allied cause.Overtheyears,severalproposalswereputforwardtorectify theomissionbutnotuntilFebruary2000wasthepresent memorialconceived.Ithasbeenspecificallydesignedtobe complementary—andtoenhance—theoriginalfromNorway. TheNorthWealdAirfieldMemorialwasdedicatedonSunday, September3,2000—the60thanniversaryoftheheaviestraid ontheairfield.Thememorialincorporatesabronzecabinet housingtheDebtofHonourandvisitorsareencouragedto takeacopyasareminderofthedebtweowetothosewho entered the main gate . . . never to return.