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Also known as: Chelmsford / RFC Writtle / Writtle Landing Ground
County: Essex
Current Status: Disused
Date: October 1914 - November 1916
Current Use: Farmland
Used By: RFC
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter

Writtle, also referred to as Chelmsford, was occasionally used by Royal Flying Corps aircraft as a landing ground during fighter patrols in the first half of World War One. Aircraft activity did not completely end following its closure as the Marconi Company kept the airfield active in a minor capacity to operate single examples of an Airco DH6 and then Avro 548 as pioneering flying radio test beds until the firm left in 1924.


The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2013):

  • Heritage Writtle
  • Writtle Archives
  • Writtle Library
  • Writtle Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 RAS

Photographs from the plaque unveiling at Writtle on 4th November 2018, courtesy of Gordon Ingram:





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