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York Racecourse had to close to flying in a military capacity in May 1916 following a Zeppelin raid on the city and local inhabitants fearing that its flarepath might encourage more enemy airships to attack.

Also known as: RFC Knavesmire / York Racecourse
County: City of York
Current Status: Leisure activity
Date: 6 April 1916 - 1920s
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RFC / Civil
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter / General aviation

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 33 Sqn

Photograph of the plaque at Knavesmire, 31 March 2021. Courtesy of Rachel Crabtree, York Racecourse



Looking across Knavesmire towards the racecourse buildings, 30 November 2019.

Parent(s)/HQ Airfield(s):

Tadcaster (Bramham Moor)

Successor Airfield(s):


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