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Thorney Island

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Despite its title, this area of land is not an island but a peninsula. Thorney Island has always proved an isolated area and coastal walkers are still required to provide extensive security details to gain entry to a footpath.

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Also known as: Baker Barracks / RAF Thorney Island / Thorney
County: West Sussex
Current Status: Army barracks
Date: 3 February 1938 - 31 March 1976
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RAF (Polish) / FAA / RAAF / RCAF / RNZAF

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

  • Chichester and District Model Aero Club
  • St Nicholas Church, West Thorney
  • Thorney Island HIVE
  • Thorney Island Sailing Club
  • West Thorney Parish Meeting

Notable Past Associated Organisations:

  • Chichester Kart Club
  • Southsea Motor Club

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 Torpedo Training Unit

  • No 2 ANS

  • No 3 General Reconnaissance Unit

  • No 8 AACU

  • No 12 Sqn

  • No 20 ACHU

  • No 20 (Fighter) Sector

  • No 20 (Fighter) Wing

  • No 21 ACHU

  • No 21 Sqn

  • No 22 Sqn

  • No 24 ACHU

  • No 36 Sqn

  • No 42 Sqn

  • No 46 Sqn

  • No 48 Sqn

  • No 53 Sqn

  • No 56 Sqn

  • No 59 Sqn

  • No 63 Sqn

  • No 80 Sqn

  • No 83 Gp Support Unit

  • No 86 Sqn

  • No 92 (Forward) Staging Post

  • No 109 Sqn
  • No 123 Airfield

  • No 123 (Rocket Projectile) Wing

  • No 129 Sqn

  • No 130 Sqn

  • No 131 Sqn

  • No 136 Airfield

  • No 136 (Fighter) Wing

  • No 140 (Bomber) Wing

  • No 143 Sqn

  • No 164 Sqn

  • No 179 Sqn
  • No 183 Sqn

  • No 193 Sqn

  • No 198 Sqn

  • No 206 Sqn
  • No 217 Sqn

  • No 220 Sqn

  • No 222 Sqn

  • No 233 Sqn

  • No 235 Sqn

  • No 236 Sqn

  • No 242 OCU

  • No 248 Sqn

  • No 254 Sqn

  • No 278 Sqn

  • No 280 Sqn

  • No 304 Sqn
  • No 404 Sqn

  • No 407 Sqn

  • No 413 (Polish) Repair & Salvage Unit
  • No 415 Sqn

  • No 431 Flight

  • No 455 Sqn

  • No 464 Sqn

  • No 487 Sqn

  • No 489 Sqn

  • No 547 Sqn

  • No 609 Sqn

  • No 612 Sqn

  • No 703 Sqn

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  • No 822 Sqn

  • No 825 Sqn

  • No 827 Sqn

  • No 833 Sqn

  • No 836 Sqn

  • No 838 Sqn

  • No 842 Sqn

  • No 848 Sqn

  • No 854 Sqn

  • No 855 Sqn

  • No 1112 Marine Craft Unit

  • No 2724 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2760 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2772 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2773 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2821 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2848 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • Air-Sea Warfare Development Unit

  • Aircraft Torpedo Development Unit

  • Andover OCU

  • Engine Control Instructional Flight

  • School of General Reconnaissance

  • Survival and Rescue Training Unit

Aerial 1982.jpg

Aerial view of Thorney Island airfield, 1982. © Dave Welch.

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