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Lower Beeding

Also known as: Lower Beeding Landing Ground / RAF Lower Beeding / RFC Lower Beeding
County: West Sussex
Current Status: Farmland
Date: March 1917 - 1940s
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RFC
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter / None (Emergency Landing Ground)

Royal Aircraft Factory BE2 and BE12 variants fighters of No 78 Squadron initially had Lower Beeding available to them as a Home Defence landing ground during World War One. This unit transferred to Sutton’s Farm in September 1917 and No 39 Squadron immediately took over control, its newly acquired Bristol F2bs having Lower Beeding available to them into 1918. By the late summer of that year the airfield served officially as a Day Landing Ground for Home Defence fighters.

It is an otherwise unknown fact that Lower Beeding later served as an Emergency Landing Ground for Gatwick during World War Two. The location is not confirmed but was probably the same site.


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

  • Lower Beeding Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 39 Sqn
  • No 78 Sqn



Photos courtesy of Peter Knox/Lower Beeding Parish Council

Parent(s)/HQ Airfield(s):


Home Defence Flight Station(s):

Gosport / Penshurst (Chiddingstone Causeway) / Telscombe Cliffs

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