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Earnley

Major
Also known as: Earnley Landing Ground / RAF Earnley
County: West Sussex
Current Status: Farmland (unconfirmed but almost certain location)
Date: May 1918 (earliest known date) - 1919
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter / Trainer

Earnley was a landing ground opened late on in World War One for aircraft of the School of Aerial Co-operation with Coastal Defence Batteries, initially based at Gosport and then from September 1918 Wight, as Cowes (Somerton) was originally known. This airfield is not particularly well documented but Home Defence fighters also had the airfield available to them in wartime.

 

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

  • Earnley Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 78 Sqn
  • School of Aerial Co-operation with Coastal Defence Batteries

Photographs from the unveiling of the plaque on 11th November 2018, courtesy of Earnley Parish Council:

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