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RAF Marham - Andy Court.
Tornado GR4 at RAF Marham - Andy Court

RAF Marham is located south-east of King's Lynn in Norfolk. It is home to three front-line squadrons of Tornado GR4 aircraft.

It is also home to the Tactical Imagery-Intelligence Wing, the Tornado GR Force HQ, No.3 (RAF) Force Protection Wing HQ, No. 93 Expeditionary Armament Squadron, No.2620 (County of Norfolk) Sqn RAuxAF Regiment, and a plethora of engineering support functions ranging from deep maintenance to front line support.

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RAF Marham Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 124.150, 233.075
Director - 377.475
Radar - 298.825, 234.325
Tower - 281.150, 119.975
Ground - 389.400
ATIS - 277.225

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Aircraft & Squadrons
RAF Marham is home to No.138 Expeditionary Air Wing (138 EAW) which consists of three squadrons of Tornado GR4/GR4A (12 Sqn, IX Sqn & 31 Sqn).

The GR4A is a reconnaissance variant of the Tornado but the original reconnaissance equipment that it used is now obsolete, however the modern reconnaissance equipment (RAPTOR pod) used on the Tornado is interchangeable between the GR4 and GR4A variants.

The Tactical Imagery-Intelligence Wing, who are responsible for the processing and exploitation of fast-jet electro-optical imagery, on deployed operations, exercises and routine training, are also based here. It is also home to No. 93 Expeditionary Armament Squadron, No.2620 (County of Norfolk) Sqn RAuxAF Regiment, and a plethora of engineering support functions ranging from deep maintenance to front line support.

IX Squadron - Tornado GR4/GR4A.
12 Squadron - Tornado GR4/GR4A.
31 Squadron - Tornado GR4/GR4A.

RAF Marham was opened in 1916 and was a military night landing ground. The aerodrome was later handed over to the Royal Flying Corps (RFC).

It was closed in 1919 until 1935 when work on a new airfield started and it became active in 1937 with a resident heavy bomber unit from 3 Group, RAF Bomber Command. Aircraft included the Fairey Hendon bomber, Handley Page Harrow, and Wellingtons. In 1941, the Wellingtons moved out and Mosquitos arrived which became part of the Pathfinder force. In 1944, RAF Marham closed while new concrete runways, perimeter track, and dispersal areas were built.

After the Second World War, RAF Marham operated the Boeing Washington aircraft, and later the Vickers Valiant & Handley Page Victor (V Bombers). The station was large enough for the operation of USAF Boeing B-52 aircraft which visited in the 1970s and 1980s for exercises.

Twenty four Hardened Aircraft Shelters were constructed to house the Tornado which arrived in 1982. Each shelter was able to store four WE.177 nuclear bombs.

The new F-35B 'Lightning II' fleet will be based at RAF Marham from 2018 and the base is currently undergoing enhanced infrastructure to support these aircraft. The F-35B will be operated by 617 Squadron RAF, 809 Naval Air Squadron (Fleet Air Arm), an unnamed RAF Squadron, an unnamed Naval Air Squadron, 207 OCU Squadron RAF, and 17 Squadron RAF (Operation and Evaluation, currently based at Edwards AFB, USA). RAF Marham will have a mix of Royal Air Force and Royal Navy personnel, and both will deploy aboard the new Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.


RAF Typhoon.RAF Tornado GR4 - Andy Court.

RAF Typhoon.RAF Tornado GR4 - Andy Court.

RAF Typhoon.RAF Tornado GR4 - Andy Court.

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