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South Belton

Major
Also known as: Dunbar / RAF South Belton / RFC South Belton / South Belton Landing Ground
County: East Lothian
Current Status: Farmland
Date: December 1916 - 1919 (notification of relinquishment 13 March)
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RFC
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter

Royal Aircraft Factory BE2 and BE12 variants fighters of No 77 Squadron initially had South Belton available to them as a Home Defence landing ground during World War One. The unit switched to using Avro 504Ks at the beginning of 1918, these aircraft remaining in service after the end of fighting.

 

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 30/11/2018):

  • West Barns Community Council

The following alternative information/mass media sources have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 30/11/2018):

  • East Lothian Life http://www.eastlothianlife.co.uk/default.asp?page=issue&issue=105

 

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 77 Sqn

Photographs of the plaque at war memorial garden, West Barns, 25 June 2019:

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South Belton, as viewed from the south, 25 June 2019.

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View north-east across South Belton, 25 June 2019.

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Plans of South Belton. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

Parent(s)/HQ Airfields(s):

Penston / Turnhouse

Home Defence Flight Station(s):

New Haggerston / Penston / Whiteburn

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