Royal Flying Corps airfields

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A list of Airfields of the Royal Flying Corps.

British Isles[edit]

Name From To Current County Country Current use
Andover August 1917 1 April 1918 Hampshire England British Army Headquarters
Anwick September 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland
Ashington October 1916 1 April 1918 Northumberland England Potland Burn Surface Mine
Ayr 1917 1 April 1918 Ayrshire Scotland Ayr Racecourse
Bacton 1916 1 April 1918 Norfolk England
Baldonnel 1917 1 April 1918 Co. Dublin Ireland Headquarters Irish Air Corps
Beaulieu 1914 1 April 1918 Hampshire England Open land
Beaumont Night Landing Ground April 1916 August 1916 Essex farmland
Beddington Aerodrome January 1916 1 April 1918 Greater London England Housing
Bekesbourne 1916 1 April 1918 Kent England Housing/Farmland
Beverley Aerodrome 1916 1 April 1918 East Yorkshire England Beverley Racecourse[1]
Bicester January 1917 1 April 1918 Oxfordshire England Bicester Airfield
Biggin Hill 1916 1 April 1918 Greater London England London Biggin Hill Airport
Blackheath Common NLG March 1915 July 1919 Essex farmland (army)
Bogton 1917 1 April 1918 Ayrshire Scotland
Boscombe Down 1917 1 April 1918 Wiltshire England Military airfield
Bournes Green day LG May 1917 June 1917 Essex farmland
Bracebridge Heath Landing Ground 1918 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Industry/Agriculture
Braceby Landing Ground 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England
Braintree NLG end of January 1917 October 1918 Essex farmland/housing estate roads
Brattleby (Cliff) 1916 1917 Lincolnshire England RAF Scampton (flying)
Brentingby 1916 1916 Leicestershire England Farmland
Brooklands Landing Ground 1914 1 April 1918 Surrey England Brooklands Museum
Broomfield Court NLG August 1916 August 1919 Essex farmland
Brough Landing Ground 1916 1916 East Yorkshire England
Buckminster 1 October 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland
Burgh Castle Landing Ground 1915 1 April 1918 Suffolk England
Burnham-on-Crouch FS April 1916 July 1919 Essex Farmland
Bury/Ramsey September 1917 1 April 1918 Cambridgeshire England Farmland/Housing/Industry
Bury St Edmunds Landing Ground 1916 1916 Suffolk England
Calshot Naval Air Station 29 March 1913 July 1914 Isle of Wight England Calshot Activities Centre
Castle Bromwich 1918 1 April 1918 West Midlands England Industry/ Housing
Catterick September 1914 1 April 1918 North Yorkshire England Marne Barracks
Chattis Hill 1917 1918 Hampshire England
Chiddingstone Causeway December 1916 1 April 1918 Kent England Open land
Chingford FS December 1914 March 1919 Essex reservoirs
Clacton seaplane station August 1914 Autumn 1916 Essex seafront
Coal Aston 1916 1 April 1918 Yorkshire England
Collinstown 1 April 1918 Co. Dublin Ireland Dublin Airport
Copmanthorpe 1916 1 April 1918 North Yorkshire England
Coventry (Radford) 1916 1 April 1918 Warwickshire England
Cramlington 1915 1 April 1918 Northumberland England
Curragh Camp 1913 1 April 1918 Co. Kildare Ireland Irish Army barracks
Detling 1917 1 April 1918 Kent England
Didsbury 1917 1 April 1918 Lancashire England
Doncaster 1916 1918 South Yorkshire England Doncaster Racecourse
Dover (Swingate Down) 1914 1 April 1918 Kent England
Eastburn 1917 1 April 1918 East Yorkshire England Alamein Barracks
Easthorpe April 1916 December 1919 Essex farmland
Easton-on-the-Hill 1917 1 April 1918 Northamptonshire England RAF Wittering (flying)
East Hanningfield NLG April 1916 January 1917 Essex farmland
East Retford 1916 1 April 1918 Nottinghamshire England
Edzell 1916 1 April 1918 Angus Scotland Farmland
Elmswell (Great Ashfield) 1917 1 April 1918 Suffolk England
Elsham 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland/Industrial estate
Fairlop FS 1916 summer 1919 Essex sports fields/car sales/WW1 officers' bungalows remain
Farnborough 1912 1 April 1918 Hampshire England Farnborough Airport
Feltwell 1917 1 April 1918 Norfolk England
Fermoy 1917 1 April 1918 Co. Cork Ireland
Filton 1915 1 April 1918 Gloucestershire England Bristol Filton Airport
Finningley 1915 1 April 1918 South Yorkshire England Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield
Folkestone/Hawkinge 1915 1 April 1918 Kent England Housing/Kent Battle of Britain Museum
Ford Farm/Old Sarum August 1917 1 April 1918 Wiltshire England Old Sarum Airfield
Ford (Junction)/Yapton 1 March 1918 1 April 1918 West Sussex England HM Prison Ford
Fyfield NLG October 1916 December 1919 Essex farmland
Goldhanger FS August 1915 March 1919 Essex farmland
Goldington Aerodrome October 1916 1 April 1918 Bedfordshire England Housing
Gormanstown 1917 1 April 1918 Co. Meath Ireland Irish Army barracks
Gosberton 1 October 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England
Gosport, Fort Grange July 1914 1 April 1918 Hampshire England HMS Sultan
Goxhill  ? 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland/Industrial estate
Grantham 1915 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Prince William of Gloucester Barracks
Hainault Farm FS October 1914 December 1919 was Essex, now Greater London farmland
Halton 1917 1 April 1918 Buckinghamshire England RAF Halton (flying)
Harpswell 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland/ Museum
Harlaxton Nov 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland
Harrietsham December 1916  ? Kent England  ?
Hendon Aerodrome November 1916 1 April 1918 Greater London England Royal Air Force Museum London
Housing
Heathfield 1917 1 April 1918 Ayrshire Scotland Housing/Retail
Hingham 1916 1917 Norfolk England
Hooton Park 1917 1 April 1918 Cheshire England Museum & Vauxhall car factory
Horndon-on-the-Hill April 1916 early 1918 Essex farmland
Hove East Sussex England
Hucknall Aerodrome 1916 1 April 1918 Nottinghamshire England Housing
Hounslow Heath Aerodrome 14 October 1914 1 April 1918 Greater London England Open land
Hylton October 1916 1 April 1918 Tyne & Wear England Nissan car factory
North East Aircraft Museum
Jesson (Hythe) September 1916 1 April 1918 Kent England Farmland
Joyce Green 14 July 1911 December 1919 Kent England Open land
Kenley 1917 1 April 1918 Greater London England RAF Kenley
Lake Down 1917 1919 Wiltshire England Open land
Larkhill 1912 1914 Wiltshire England (MoD land) – Artillery training
Leadenham September 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland/Quarry
Leavesden Aerodrome Hertfordshire England Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden
Housing
Lilbourne 1915 1 April 1918 Warwickshire England Open land
Little Clacton NLG October 1916 July 1919 Essex sports grounds/housing
London Colney 1916 1 April 1918 Hertfordshire England de Havilland Aircraft Museum
Lopcombe Corner 1917 1 April 1918 Wiltshire England
Lydd St Mary 1917 1 April 1918 Kent England
Lympne 1916 1 April 1918 Kent England
Manston 1915 1 April 1918 Kent England Manston Airport
Manton December 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland
Marden January 1917 1 April 1918 Kent England Farmland
Marham 1916 1 April 1918 Norfolk England RAF Marham (flying)[2]
Marske-by-the-Sea December 1917 1 April 1918 North Yorkshire England Housing
Martlesham Heath October 1916 1 April 1918 Suffolk England Housing
Mattishall 1915 1 April 1918 Norfolk England
Melton Mowbray 1916 1 April 1918 Leicestershire England
Mill Farm Night Landing Ground 1917 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland
Molesworth 1917 1 April 1918 Cambridgeshire England RAF Molesworth (non-flying)
Montrose Air Station 26 February 1913 1 April 1918 Angus Scotland Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre
Mountnessing NLG April 1916 December 1916 Essex farmland
Narborough August 1915 1 April 1918 Norfolk England RAF Marham (flying)[3]
Netheravon 16 June 1913 1 April 1918 Wiltshire England AAC Netheravon until 2012
North Benfleet NLG April 1916 March 1919 Essex farmland/new arterial road
North Coates Fitties 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland/Housing
North Coates Flying Club
North Killingholme July 1914 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland/Industry
North Ockendon NLG April 1916 October 1916 Essex farmland
Northolt 3 May 1915 1 April 1918 Greater London England RAF Northolt (flying)
Orsett NLG October 1916 December 1919 Essex farmland/housing/golf course
Perton 1916 1 April 1918 Staffordshire England Housing
Plungar Leicestershire England
Red House Farm 1917 1 April 1918 Wiltshire England MoD Boscombe Down (flying)
Ripon 15 September 1916 1 April 1918 North Yorkshire England Ripon Racecourse
Rochford FS Autumn 1915 1920 Essex airfield
Runwell NLG August 1917 March 1920 Essex farmland
Saundby Aerodrome (Gainsborough)[4] December 1916 1 April 1918 Nottinghamshire England Farmland
Scalford 1916 1 April 1918 Leicestershire England
Seaton Carew 1916 1 April 1918 Co. Durham England Industrial estate
Sedgeford 1916 1 April 1918 Norfolk England Farmland
Shawbury 1917 1 April 1918 Shropshire England RAF Shawbury (flying)
Shenfield (Palmers Farm) NLG September 1916 February 1919 Essex farmland
Shotwick 1916 1 April 1918 Flintshire Wales MoD Sealand (non-flying)
Sible Hedingham NLG April 1916 June 1919 farmland
South Carlton November 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland
Southfields 1916 1 April 1918 Northumberland England HM Prisons Acklington & Castington
Stirling 1916 1918 Stirling Scotland Farmland
Stow Maries Aerodrome August 1916 March 1919 Essex airfield/Heritage Site
Sutton's Farm FS summer 1915 June 1919 was Essex, now Greater London part housing, part public open space
Swinstead Leicestershire England
Tallaght 1918 South Dublin Ireland
Tangmere 1917 1 April 1918 West Sussex England Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
Thaxted NLG January 1917 summer 1918 Essex farmland
Throwley Aerodrome October 1916 1 April 1918 Kent England Farmland
Ternhill 1916 1 April 1918 Shropshire England RAF Ternhill/Clive Barracks
Turnberry 1917 1 April 1918 Ayrshire Scotland Turnberry Golf Course
Turnhouse Aerodrome 1915 1 April 1918 City of Edinburgh Scotland Edinburgh Airport
Tydd St Mary August 1917 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland
Upavon 19 June 1912 1 April 1918 Wiltshire England Trenchard Lines
Uxbridge 19 November 1917 1 April 1918 Greater London England RAF Uxbridge/Housing
Vale Farm, Thornaby (Yarm) 1914 1 April 1918 North Yorkshire England Housing/Industry
Waddington 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England RAF Waddington (flying)
Waddon Aerodrome 1918 1 April 1918 Greater London England Housing
Wellingore Heath 1917 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England Farmland
West Fenton Aerodrome/Gullane 1916 1 April 1918 East Lothian Scotland Museum
Weston-on-the-Green 1916 1 April 1918 Oxfordshire England RAF Weston-on-the-Green (flying)
Widford NLG December 1914 summer 1916 Essex part farmland, part industry
Stamford 1916 1 April 1918 Lincolnshire England RAF Wittering (flying)
Wormingford NLG December 1916 June 1919 Essex England farmland/WW2 airfield/gliding
Worthy Down 1917 1 April 1918 Hampshire England Worthy Down Barracks
Writtle NLG October 1914 November 1916 Essex farmland/nurseries
Wye May 1916 1 April 1918 Kent England Farmland
Wyton 1916 1 April 1918 Huntingdonshire England RAF Wyton (flying)
Yatesbury 1916 1 April 1918 Wiltshire England
Yokes Court February 1917 November 1917 Kent England

France[edit]

Canada[edit]

Further information: Royal Flying Corps Canada

The Royal Flying Corps Canada was established by the RFC in 1917 to train aircrew in Canada. Air stations were established in southern Ontario at the following locations:

  • Camp Borden 1917–1918
  • Armour Heights Field 1917–1918 (pilot training, School of Special Flying to train instructors)
  • Leaside Aerodrome 1917–1918 (Artillery Cooperation School)
  • Long Branch Aerodrome 1917–1918
  • Curtiss School of Aviation (flying-boat station with temporary wooden hangar on the beach at Hanlan's Point on Toronto Island 1915–1918; main school, airstrip and metal hangar facilities at Long Branch)
  • Camp Rathbun, Deseronto 1917–1918 (pilot training)
  • Camp Mohawk (now Tyendinaga (Mohawk) Airport) 1917-1918 – located at the Tyendinaga Indian Reserve (now Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory) near Belleville 1917–1918 (pilot training)
  • Hamilton (Armament School) 1917–1918
  • Beamsville Camp (School of Aerial Fighting) 1917-1918 - located at 4222 Saan Road in Beamsville, Ontario; hangar remains and property now used by Global Horticultural Incorporated

Other locations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Administrator. "RFC Beverley". hullandeastridingatwar.co.uk. 
  2. ^ http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafmarham/events/rafmarham191619.cfm
  3. ^ http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafmarham/aboutus/narboroughaerodrome.cfm
  4. ^ http://www.beckingham-northnotts.org.uk/history/saundbyaero.html
  5. ^ a b c d RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Air-Britain (Historians),. 2007. ISBN 0-85130-365-X. 
  6. ^ Philpott, Ian, (2013). The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Pen & Sword. p. 452. ISBN 1781593337. 
  7. ^ Cross & Cockade Vol 4 No 3 1973 pp114-117 and papers of Lt H Rhodes (12 Squadron)