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Orsett I

Major
Also known as: Orsett Landing Ground / RFC Orsett
County: Thurrock
Current Status: Housing / Open land
Date: July 1916 - 1916
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RFC
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter

The first Orsett Home Defence landing ground only lasted a very short while during the summer of 1916, being quickly replaced by a nearby and generally considered better site of the same name. Since that time the landscape here has considerably altered, as an Army camp later existed on the southern half of the landing area until the 1960s. Its removal subsequently saw a quarry being created until it was eventually filled in, while housing has gradually appeared on the north side.

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 39 Sqn

Photographs of the plaque at Orsett for both Orsett I and Orsett IICourtesy of Orsett Golf Club and Chelsea Coker.

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Plan of Orsett I. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

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