The airfield is located 7 miles south west of Norwich, Norfolk, England and is now owned by Lotus Cars. RAF Hethel was built during 1942 for use by the Americans and was transferred to the USAAF, from 14 September 1943 though to 12 June 1945, RAF Hethel served as headquarters for the 2nd Combat Bombardment Wing of the 2nd Bombardment Division. At the time of their arrival, many of the buildings were still uncompleted. The group used the airfield as a staging and transit point for deploying to La Senia Airfield, in addition, the airfield was also used as a training airfield for B-24s by other 2nd Air Division Groups. With the completion of the facility, Hethel was assigned to the 389th Bombardment Group, the 389th was assigned to the 2nd Combat Bombardment Wing, and the group tail code was a Circle-C. Upon its arrival at Hethel, almost immediately a detachment was sent to Libya, the detachment flew missions to Crete, Sicily, Italy, Austria, and Romania. The group received a Distinguished Unit Citation for the participation in the famed low-level attack against oil refineries at Ploesti on 1 August 1943. For his action during the operation, Second Lieutenant Lloyd Herbert Hughes was awarded the Medal of Honor. Refusing to turn back although gasoline was streaming from his plane, Lt Hughes flew at low altitude over the blazing target area. The plane crashed before Hughes could make the landing that he attempted after the bomb run. The detachment returned to England in August and the group flew missions against airfields in France. The unit deployed again temporarily to Tunisia during September and October 1943 with the group supporting Allied operations at Salerno and hit targets in Corsica, Italy, resumed operations from England in October 1943 the group concentrated primarily on strategic objectives in France, the Low Countries, and Germany. The group participated in the air campaign against the German aircraft industry during Big Week,20 –25 February 1944. The 389th Bomb Group flew its last combat mission late in April 1945 and it returned to Charleston AAF South Carolina on 30 May 1945 and was inactivated on 13 September 1945. After the departure of the Americans, RAF Hethel airfield was returned to the RAF for use by Fighter Command, on 25 June RAF Polish manned North American Mustang squadrons flew to the airfield. In mid-1947, Hethel became a Personnel Transit Centre but was transferred to RAF Technical Training Command, however, with the reduction of the RAF, the station closed in 1948. For many years the airfield was inactive and abandoned until it was sold by the Air Ministry in 1964. In 1948 the Nissen hut buildings around Marsworth airfield became home to around 900 Polish Displace People, the camp was run by the National Assistance Board, The Polish camp as closed in 1960/61
First Lieutenant Lucius R Ades (Pilot) and Second-Lieutenant Preston G Redd (Navigator) of the 389th Bomb Group.
Consolidated B-24J-145-CO Liberator Serial 44-40052 of the 565th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group.
: A B-24 Liberator of the 389th Bomb Group returns to RAF Hethel.
Interior of the Lotus Cars factory at the former Hethel Airfield.