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Hornchurch (Suttons Farm)

Major
Also known as: Hornchurch Aerodrome / Hornchurch Country Park / RAF Hornchurch / RAF Suttons Farm / RFC Suttons Farm / Suttons Farm Aerodrome
County: Greater London
Current Status: Gravel pit / Housing / Leisure activity / Open land
Date: 3 October 1915 - 1 July 1962
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RAF (Belgian) / RAF (Czech) / RAF (French) / RFC / FAA
Prominent People: Eric Lock / William Leefe Robinson

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2019):

  • Elm Park, Hornchurch and District Angling Society
  • Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust
  • Hornchurch Airfield Rocket Team
  • Hornchurch Library
  • Streets Ahead Productions
  • The Good Intent
  • The R J Mitchell Primary School
  • The Sanders Draper School

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 CAACU

  • No 11 Gp AAC Flight
  • No 13 Sqn
  • No 17 RFS

  • No 19 RS

  • No 19 Sqn

  • No 20 (Fighter) Wing
  • No 23 Sqn
  • No 25 (Base Defence) Sector
  • No 25 (Base) Defence Wing
  • No 33 Personnel Despatch Centre

  • No 39 Sqn

  • No 41 Sqn

  • No 46 Sqn
  • No 51 Sqn
  • No 54 Sqn

  • No 64 Sqn

  • No 65 Sqn

  • No 66 Sqn

  • No 74 Sqn

  • No 78 Sqn

  • No 80 Sqn

  • No 81 Sqn

  • No 92 Sqn

  • No 111 Sqn

  • No 114 Sqn
  • No 116 Sqn

  • No 122 Sqn

  • No 129 Sqn

  • No 132 Sqn

  • No 135 Airfield

  • No 142 GS

  • No 146 GS

  • No 154 Sqn

  • No 160 Wing
  • No 167 Sqn
  • No 189 (Night) TS

  • No 222 Sqn

  • No 229 Sqn

  • No 239 Sqn

  • No 264 Sqn

  • No 266 Sqn

  • No 274 Sqn

  • No 278 Sqn

  • No 287 Sqn

  • No 313 Sqn

  • No 340 Sqn

  • No 349 Sqn

  • No 350 Sqn

  • No 403 Sqn
  • No 411 Sqn
  • No 412 (Polish) Repair & Salvage Unit
  • No 453 Sqn
  • No 485 Sqn
  • No 504 Sqn

  • No 567 Sqn

  • No 600 Sqn

  • No 603 Sqn

  • No 611 Sqn

  • No 614 GS

  • No 661 Sqn

  • No 765 Sqn

  • No 1959 Reserve AOP Flight
  • No 2718 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2726 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 4012 Anti-Aircraft Flight RAF Regiment
  • Aircrew Selection Centre

  • Aviation Candidates Selection Board

  • Combined Selection Centre
  • Home Counties GC

  • Officers Advanced Training School
001Type 22 Pillbox - 29 July 2009.png

Type 22 pillbox at Hornchurch, 29 July 2009. © Richard Flagg

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Type 22 pillbox at Hornchurch, 29 July 2009. © Richard Flagg

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Tett Turret at Hornchurch, 29 July 2009. © Richard Flagg

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Tett Turret at Hornchurch, 29 July 2009. © Richard Flagg

Supermarine Spitfires at Hornchurch. Courtesy of footagefarm

Schoolboys visiting Hornchurch. Courtesy of British Movietone

Footage from Hornchurch Battle of Britain anniversary day, September 1949. Courtesy of maxustaxus

Footage from Hornchurch. Courtesy of Beyond the Point

Decoy Airfield(s):

Bulphan

Home Defence Flight Station(s):

Hainault Farm / North Weald (North Weald Bassett)

Home Defence Landing Ground(s):

Cheddington / Chessington I / Fyfield / Grove Park, Greater London / Hackney Marshes / Hetford / Orsett II Palmer Farm / Wimbledon

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