31 August 2002 & 1 September 2002
BATTLE OF BRITAIN AIR SHOW
During World War II, Shoreham Airport was the base for patrol aircraft Lysanders and later as home base for Hurricanes A pair of Beaufighters1 of the Fighter Interception Unit were based at Shoreham Airport in 1940. In 1942 the Lysanders were replaced by Defiants2 and in 1943 these were replaced by Spitfire II's. Amphibious Walrus aircraft also took off from Shoreham to rescue pilots downed in the English Channel. In 1944 Sea Otter aircraft were also used. The Free French 345 Squadron in Spitfire Vb's and IX's flew on sorties out of Shoreham from 1944. As D-Day approached both the harbour and airport were a constant flurry of activity. The main activities were Air Sea Rescue operations. After the War, the introduction of jet aircraft brought about the end of Shoreham as a passenger flight airfield.
1 Night fighters introduced in 1940.
The two-seat aircraft with pilot and navigator could operate the radar
in the aircraft for locating enemy bombers.
1911 Shoreham Airport opened for flights.
The Pashley Brothers in a bi-plane (pre World War I)
1911 Shoreham Airport opened
for flights, officially on 20 June 1911. The first flying school opened
1915 No. 14
Squadron of the Royal
Flying Corps was formed on the 3 February 1915 at Shoreham.
during World War I.
The first aircraft were Maurice
Farman S.11 and Royal
1938 Passenger air services in operation from Shoreham Airport to
Jersey, Birmingham and Liverpool. The railway station serving the airport
was originally called Bungalow Town Halt (opened 1910), but renamed Shoreham
Airport Station (in 1935), the first station to serve an airport in England,
Shoreham Airport, flooded in autumn 2000
2 April 2001
twin engined aircraft made an unscheduled stop in the back garden of the
house adjacent to the railway line on the south-west side of the bridge
opposite St. Peter's Catholic Church. Unfortunately, the aircraft arrived
through the top storey of the house which it demolished. Fortunately, nobody
A training Hawker Hart coming in over the River Adur. My brother and
I flew to the Isle of Wight in a Railway Air Services DH Dragon Rapide.
Peter Trounce, (Toronto.)
Shoreham Airport Society
Shoreham Airport Society Programme of Events
College of Aeronautical & Automobile Engineering, Tel:
(01273) 60 60 60
at Truleigh Hill
bySqn Ldr T Howard Toon
The Spitfire that used to be in the grounds of the Territorial Army in Eastern Avenue, Shoreham, has now been restored and on display in an Aircraft Museum in Perth, Western Australia. (Dennis Bowles).
The oldest airport in the world is College Park Airport, near Washington DC in The USA.
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