An aerodrome at Downham?
Between October 1916 and November 1918, a small military landing strip existing at Downham to house fighter aircraft intended to afford protection against zeppelin raids. The exact location of the field is uncertain: local lore places it where the recreation ground is now located, while the ‘Airfields of Britain’ conservation trust places it to the west of Tower Road.
As the RAF did not come into existance until 1918, calling the site ‘RAF Little Downham’ could be missleading; the alternative name ‘Tower Farm’ could be more accurate and incidentally help pinpoint it’s location. Bare in mind also, it would have been no more than a grass field with tents and a stack of petrol cans. It does not appear that this unit saw any action.
( http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/airfield-finder/little-downham-tower-farm )
It is believed that biplanes of 115 squadron were stationed here. By an interesting coincidence, the squadron was disbanded at the end of WW1 but the squadron number re-appeared as a Lancaster squadron flying from RAF Mepal.
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