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Pulham St Mary Airship Station in WW1

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It was as far back as 1912 that the land for the airship station in Pulham was purchased. The Admiralty had decided that an airship station was needed and so Thomas Gaze and Son, surveyors and land agents, were given secret orders to acquire land for the establishment of an Air Station. The orders were that the purchasers of the land were to be kept top secret. In Pulham St. Mary and Rushall 500 acres were bought including Upper Vaunces Farm, Brick Kiln and Home Farm. Civilian contractors with the aid of the Air Construction Corps, cleared and levelled the site for the 100 R.N. personnel to move in by 1915. By the end of the World War I, they numbered over 3000.

The site, after clearing was set and the sheds were erected during 1915 and the site was commissioned during February 1916. However the first operational coastal airship was not delivered until August of 1916. These became known as "Pulham Pigs" from their yellowish-buff envelope and this nickname later included all later ships. Their patrol area extended between a line from Margate to Dunkirk in the south and from Mablethorpe to Holland in the North, with the smaller SS types patrolling closer inshore. In mid-1916, German floatplanes operating from occupied Belgium shot down two of Pulham's Coastals and this patrol area was handed over to aeroplanes. The original shed at Pulham was a wooden structure which was suitable for the smaller non rigid class ships.

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