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Tynemouth

Major
Also known as: Cullercoats / RAF Tynemouth / RFC Tynemouth / Tynemouth Aerodrome / Tynemouth Landing Ground
County: Tyne and Wear
Current Status: Housing / Leisure activity
Date: December 1916 - 1919
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RFC
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter / Maritime patrol

Various fighter types of No 36 Squadron had Tynemouth available to them as a Home Defence landing ground during World War One. The unit eventually replaced them with Bristol F2bs from the spring of 1918, these aircraft remaining in service after the end of fighting.

Prior to then in the early summer of 1918 Nos 507 and 508 (Special Duty) Flights of No 252 Squadron had begun mounting anti-submarine patrols with Airco DH6s, for which Tynemouth received some Bessonneau hangars, and lasted for a short while into 1919 before relocating at Killingholme as a cadre. The airfield has long become in the main a housing estate.

 

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):

  • 5th Whitley Bay Scout Headquarters - where plaque sited
  • Tynemouth Antiquarian & Historical Society
  • Tynemouth Library

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 36 Sqn
  • No 252 Sqn
  • No 507 (Special Duty) Flight
  • No 508 (Special Duty) Flight

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Plans of Tynemouth. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

Home Defence Flight Station(s):

Ashington / Seaton Carew (Landplane) / Usworth (Hylton)

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