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Burnham-on-Crouch I

Also known as: Burnham-on-Crouch Landing Ground / RAF Burnham-on-Crouch / RFC Burnham-on-Crouch / RNAS Burnham-on-Crouch
County: Essex
Current Status: Farmland
Date: December 1914 - 1919 (notification of relinquishment 13 August)
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RFC / RNAS
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter

At the end of 1914 the RNAS created an airfield by the town for fighters to use on defensive sorties. By the spring of 1916, Burnham-on-Crouch was being taken up by the RFC, various fighter types of No 37 Squadron then having this site available to them as a Home Defence landing ground. The unit eventually switched to solely using Sopwith Camels in October 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 01/07/2013):

  • Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum
  • Burnham-on-Crouch Library
  • Burnham-on-Crouch Town Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 37 Sqn

Photographs of the plaque at Burnham-on-Crouch I, November 2018. Courtesy of Martin Smith.





Home Defence Flight Station(s):

Goldhanger / Southend (Rochford) / Stow Maries

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