Jump to content
The Great War (1914-1918) Forum

Remembered Today:

Unknown RAF aerodrome


Alan Bentley
 Share

Recommended Posts

This is not strictly 1914-18 but can anyone identify the location of these hangars in the UK from my father;s collection.786562043_RAFAerodrome.jpg.33f32d87702c4a6d6f7123339d25e5c8.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If you posted his details, some of the RAF experts here might be able to provide information from his service record. That could narrow down the possible locations.

I see he was from Gwersyllt, Wrexham.

Edited by Dai Bach y Sowldiwr
Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's almost certainly Hawkinge (14 AAP). The triple GS shed units were found on certain Aircraft Acceptance Parks - the only non-AAP with an example was Upwood, but it only had one. The running shed, to the right of centre in the top photo, was also a feature unique to AAPs. Attached are a site plan of Hawkinge and a, pretty grim, photo from the early 1920s.

Hawkinge.jpg

Hawkinge.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Next picture from the same album. What were these buildings

RAF Hawkinge.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The first pair show accommodation huts and latrines.

 

The others are a guard room - the veranda is the give-away. Guard rooms had a cell for those on a charge and there was a walled compound behind for prisoner exercise.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for that. I noticed the difference in cap style between the two "guards". The one on the right looks like the later style in use in the 1930s.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The upper picture has the wreckage of a Snipe in which a South African pilot was killed at Hawkinge,June 1921.

See Aviation Safety Network report no. 210614

Does anyone have any input on the lower pictures, all from my father's album.

Snipe crash.jpg

Edited by Alan Bentley
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...