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Museum Reaches 30 (Full Story)

On 5th May 2015, we will have been open to the public for thirty years.

Our first day of opening was celebrated by a special event Norwich Air Far 85 which attracted a fantastic 18,000 attendance. A small flying display, well supported by many local aircraft owners and operators was organised by CNAM at Norwich Airport.

5th May 2015 (Tuesday)
Website name change (Full Story)


As of today, our website will start the transition to to help promote ourselves as a charity and not a business. Our current 'domain' name was registered on 9th February 2000, almost 15 years ago, when the choice of extension ( etc) was limited.

Our publicity will start to reflect these changes immediately and email addresses will also change over the next few months.

To reduce problems in the changeover, we will keep out current site and email active for 1 or 2 years.

30th December 2014 (Tuesday)
458th BG Take to the skies (Full Story)

On Sunday 24 December 1944, the 458th Bomb Group based here at Horsham St Faith sent fifty nine B-24 Liberators on missions to Schomecken, Wetteldorf and Hellenthal.

After a period of poor weather when foggy conditions had kept the group grounded, Christmas Eve 1944 had conditions of unlimited visibility and the allowed the USAAF to launch a maximum effort against airfields and communication centres in Germany.

This mission would be the largest air operation of the Second World War. One Horsham St Faith Liberator was lost after a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire.

On display at the Museum is a photograph of B-24 Liberators taking off from Horsham St Faith on this mission. The houses along the Cromer Road along the A140 can be clearly seen and are still a familiar sight to users of Norwich Airport today.

Despite the large scale of this operation, the first mission from Horsham St Faith since 12 December 1944, airman of the 458th Bomb Group arranged a Christmas party for local children on 23 December 1944 and from our archive, we have a photograph of this event.

24th December 2014 (Wednesday)
The passing of Gerhard Heilig and Geoff Williams (Full Story)

This year, the City of Norwich Aviation Museum was saddened to hear of the passing of two Royal Air Force veterans who supported us over many years.

Gerhard Heilig

Gerhard arrived in England in England as a refugee from Nazi persecution in 1938.

After being educated in Yorkshire and working as a telephone engineer he joined the RAF and completed a tour of operations with 214 Squadron flying as a special operator in Boeing Fortress aircraft and then with the Lancasters of 101 Squadron operating from Ludford Magna.

His fluent German made him invaluable for the electronic counter measure role that both 214 Squadron and 101 Squadron undertook.

After leaving the RAF, Gerhard had a long career in civil aviation and was a pilot with Austrian Airlines until his retirement.

Gerhard passed away at his home in Austria in late October 2014.

The full story of Gerhard’s RAF career can be read in his own words on the 214 Squadron Association internet site at

Geoff Williams

Geoff served as a pilot flying Gloster Meteors from RAF Horsham St Faith (now Norwich international Airport) with 245 Squadron in the early 1950’s.

With the Horsham Wing he took part in the flypast over London for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Geoff became an engineering officer on the English Electric Lightning and retired from the RAF as a Squadron Leader.

The Eastern Daily Press obituary for Geoff can be found at

23rd December 2014 (Tuesday)
Goodbye to St. Faiths (Full Story)

Fifty years ago, RAF 12 Group Communications Flight, the last Royal Air Force unit to be based at RAF Horsham St Faith (now Norwich International Airport) was disbanded prior to the closure of the station. The last aircraft to leave was an Avro Anson of the Flight which took off on 29 April 1963 marking the end of RAF Horsham St Faith as a flying station of the Royal Air Force, although some of the airfield's facilities were used by other RAF units for the next few years.

12 Group was part of RAF Fighter Command from 1937-1963 and was the command for air defense of the midlands. It was renamed 12 (East Anglia) Sector in 1963 and disbanded in 1968. The Museum has one of the 12 Group Communications Flight hangar signs in its collection

The City of Norwich Aviation Museum is always keen to hear from any RAF veterans who were based at Horsham St Faith who can share their memories of serving here.

14th April 2013 (Sunday)
Visit by ex Air Anglia staff (Full Story)

We were pleased to welcome a group of ex Air Anglia staff to the Museum on Sunday 21 October 2012. They had gathered in Norwich for their regular reunion.

After guided tours of our Fokker F-27 Friendship and Handley Page Herald airliners, both types that were operated by Air Anglia from Norwich Airport, and viewing of our display of exhibits, there was time for some interesting talk over a cup of tea.

Air Anglia operated from 1970 to 1980, when the Norwich based airline was merged with other operators to form Air UK. The City of Norwich Aviation Museum holds as part of its Air Anglia collection photographs, time tables and various other artifacts. We are keen to add to this archive and welcome contact from anyone who can help us expand our collection.

Regular gatherings of former Air Anglia staff are held. We have contact details for the organisers of reunions, please email

21st October 2012 (Sunday)