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Also known as: RAF Rye / RFC Rye / Rye Landing Ground
County: East Sussex
Current Status: Farmland
Date: December 1916 - 1919 (notification of relinquishment 13 March)
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RFC
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter

Rye was first used as a Home Defence landing ground for Royal Aircraft Factory BE2 and BE12 variants of No 50 Squadron. There is later on a gap historically in terms of information but certainly by the end of the summer of 1918 this landing ground had become available for the Sopwith Camels of No 112 Squadron. Closure of this airfield followed during 1919 as with many other landing grounds.


The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/11/2022):

  • Camber Parish Council
  • Rye Library
  • Rye Museum and Local History Group
  • Rye Royal British Legion Branch
  • Rye Town Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 50 Sqn
  • No 112 Sqn

Photographs and news article from the unveiling of the plaque at Rye on 4th September 2019. Courtesy of Colonel Anthony Kimber, President of Rye RBL

Rye News article.





Plan of Rye. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

Parent(s)/HQ Airfield(s):


Home Defence Flight Station(s):

Bekesbourne / Detling / Throwley

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