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Plough Corner

Also known as: Little Clacton / Parish Fields / Plough Corner Landing Ground / Plough Corner Playing Fields / RAF Plough Corner / RFC Plough Corner
County: Essex
Current Status: Farmland / Housing / Leisure activity / Sunday market
Date: October 1916 - 1919 (notification of relinquishment 13 March)
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RFC
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter

Various fighter types of No 37 Squadron had Plough Corner available to them as a Home Defence landing ground during World War One. Eventually in October 1918 Sopwith Camels arrived to provide more standardised aircraft equipment and remained in service after the end of fighting. More recent recreational and car boot sale uses date from the mid-1970s when the local parish council acquired additional land.


The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 31/08/2017):

  • No 1830 (Tendring Hundred) Sqn ATC
  • Clacton & District Local History Society
  • Little Clacton Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 37 Sqn

The Air Training Corps building at Plough Corner, July 2018.


Looking across the former airfield at Plough Corner, July 2018.


The Air Training Corps building at Plough Corner, July 2018.


Plan of Plough Corner. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

Parent(s)/HQ Airfield(s):

Stow Maries

Home Defence Flight Station(s):

Goldhanger / Southend (Rochford) / Stow Maries

Predecessor Airfield(s):


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