heritage

Previously known as RAF Coltishall, the site boasts a rich history and was operational between 1936 and 2006 before it became known as Scottow Enterprise Park.

Heritage of the Site

Scottow Enterprise Park is based at the former RAF Coltishall airbase, which operated between 1938 and 2006. RAF Coltishall served as a fighter airfield in the Second World War, and afterwards a station for night fighters.

Due to the nature of the site, and its history, there is a need to build on this past, and capture the spirit of those airmen and women. The legacy should be both aspirational and inspirational.

The Former RAF Coltishall Conservation Area encompasses and protects the full SEP area along with some of its surroundings.

Spirit of Coltishall Association (SoCA)

The Scottow Enterprise Park team is working in partnership with the Spirit of Coltishall Association (SoCA) to both remember and celebrate when the site was RAF Coltishall. SoCA and the SEP team are working in collaboration to protect the site’s heritage in a manner that is both viable and sustainable.

Spirit of Coltishall Association works with the team at Scottow Enterprise Park to:

 

  • Recognise, record, and respect the heritage of the site
  • hosts annual public open top bus tours of the site, open to the public
  • continuously celebrates key milestones in the site’s history
  • secure funding to protect and preserve key parts of the site 

RAF Coltishall Legends

 

John "Cats Eyes" Cunningham

John Cunningham, a decorated World War 2 pilot, was formerly based at RAF Coltishall, and flew out from the airbase to defend Britain against waves of German aircraft.

Cunningham specialised in flying at night – hence the nickname ‘Cats-Eyes’ and was the first pilot to down an enemy using radar technology. Cunningham became the leading RAF night fighter pilot of World War II, chalking up 20 kills.

In order to cover up the concept of radar technology from the Germans, the British government accredited UK night pilots success to carrots, which supposedly enhanced their ability to see in the dark.

Douglas Bader

Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader was a Royal Air Force flying ace during World War 2. Bader was credited with 22 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probables, one shared probable and 11 enemy aircraft damaged during his career.

After losing both of his legs in a flying accident in 1931, Bader was forced to retire from the RAF, only to once again be reinstated as a pilot after the outbreak of the Second World War.

Bader was posted to command No. 242 Squadron RAF as acting squadron leader on 28 June 1940, a Hawker Hurricane unit based at RAF Coltishall. 242 Squadron mainly consisted of Canadians low on morale after a high number of losses in the Battle of France. Despite initial resistance, Bader successfully transformed 242 Squadron in to an effective fighting unit once again.

Trevor Edwards

Trevor Edwards was born in Woolwich, East London to West Indian parents who had migrated to Britain in the 1960’s.

Edwards joined the RAF in 1985 as an officer in the RAF Regiment, but later transferred to aircrew, starting his flying training in 1987.  He received his ‘wings’ at RAF Valley the following year and, after coming top of the Tactical Weapons course, became a fighter pilot flying Jaguars. He eventually joined 54 Squadron at RAF Coltishall.

After his time with 54 Squadron, Edwards became a flying instructor on the Tucano aircraft at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. He left the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant in 1997 to join British Airways and is currently an Airbus Training Captain. 

Joan Osborne-Walker

Joan Osborne-Walker joined the RAF at the age of 18, and worked in the officer’s mess at RAF Coltishall from March 1941 to November 1943.

She started at RAF Coltishall at the age of 19, and worked alongside a number of decorated airmen at the base, including Wing Cdr Roland Robert Stanford Tuck, Group Capt John “Cat’s Eyes” Cunningham, Wing Cdr Percy “Laddie” Lucas, Colin Hodgkinson, and Wing Cdr Howard “Cowboy” Blatchford.

Robert Stanford Tuck

Robert Roland Stanford Tuck was a British fighter pilot, flying ace and test pilot. Tuck joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1935 and first engaged in combat during the Battle of France, over Dunkirk, claiming his first victories.

On 11 September, during the height of the Battle of Britain, Tuck was promoted to acting squadron leader and posted to command the Hawker Hurricane-equipped No. 257 Squadron RAF, based at RAF Coltishall (his substantive rank had been raised to flight lieutenant on 3 September). He led his squadron into combat through September and continued to claim further victories. His last two official victories of the Battle were on 28 October, where he claimed two “probable” Bf 109s.

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Contact Us

For general enquiries and to find out more about Scottow Enterprise Park, contact the team:

Phone

01603 273148

Office

Estate Hub (Building 40)

Scottow Enterprise Park

NR10 5FB

Email

info@scottowenterprisepark.com

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