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Manywells Height (Cullingworth)

Major
Also known as: Manywell Heights (misspelling) / Manywells Height Landing Ground / RAF Manywells Height / RFC Manywells Height
County: West Yorkshire
Current Status: Farmland
Date: April 1916 - 1919
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RFC
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter

An often misspelled airfield, Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c and d fighters of No 33 Squadron initially had Manywells Height available to them as a Home Defence landing ground from the spring of 1916. After this unit transferred to Lincolnshire the following autumn, No 76 Squadron employed the airfield for its Royal Aircraft Factory BE2 plus BE12 variants types, these aircraft being replaced by Bristol F2bs in 1918. 

Close to the Armistice of November 1918 Manywells Height was officially viewed as a day landing ground before closing during 1919. An unexpected final development that same year became how it was being seriously considered as a civil airfield to form part of a passenger route but this plan never materialised.

 

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

  • Cullingworth History Group
  • Cullingworth Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 33 Sqn
  • No 76 Sqn

Photographs of the plaque at Manywells Height. Courtesy of Howard Martin and Cullingworth Village Council.

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Parent(s)/HQ Airfield(s):

Tadcaster (Bramham Moor)

Home Defence Flight Station(s):

Beverley I / Catterick / Coal Aston I / Copmanthorpe / Helperby

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