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1997 (© Duncan Prebble)
RAF Westhampnett - Goodwood - Battle of Britain airfield control tower -
Airfield Today:
Chichester/Goodwood airfield, Goodwood racing circuit
Tower Type:
1. Watch Office for Fighter Satellite Stations 17658/40
2. Watch Office for Bomber Satellite and OTU Satellites 13726/41
Tower:
1. Demolished
2. In use
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
/07/1940 to /08/1940, Opened during the Battle of Britain, first Squadron; No. 145 Squadron Hurricanes from Tangmere, moved to Drem.
/08/1940 to /12/1940, No. 602 Squadron Spitfires, moved to Prestwick.
1941-45, Airfield then used by many different Squadrons with Hurricanes, Spitfires, Typhoons and Tempests.
01/08/1942 to 21/10/1942, 308th and 309th Fighter Squadrons of the 31st Fighter Group from Atcham and High Ercall with Spitfire Vs. 26/07/1942; 31st Fighter Group flew its first missions with the RAF, (total of 1,286 missions, losing 5 aircraft) 09/10/1942; flew last mission from Great Britain then moved to Gibraltar and fought with the 12th USAAF in Africa and Italy.
Airfield closed /03/1945 and re-opened /07/1945.
/07/1945 to /11/1945, No. 787 Squadron, Naval Air Fighting Development Unit, Central Fighter Establishment from Tangmere, moved to West Raynham. Airfield then on Care and Maintenance until closure 13/05/1946.
RAF Westhampnett - Goodwood - Battle of Britain airfield control tower -
1995 (© Mark Stanley)
RAF Westhampnett - Goodwood - Battle of Britain airfield control tower -
Airfield:
Operational fighter
Opened:
/07/1940
Closed:
/05/1946 (RAF closure)
Code:
WQ
USAAF Station:
352
Runways:
3x - grass
Hangars:
1x - T1, 8x - Blister
County:
Sussex
Location:
1-1/2 miles NE of Chichester
OS Ref:
SU875075
©:
All photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Westhampnett - Goodwood - Battle of Britain airfield control tower -
31st FG memorial 1995 (© Mark Stanley)
Douglas Bader memorial 2004 (© Bev Pook)
RAF Westhampnett - Goodwood - Battle of Britain airfield control tower -
2004 (© Beverley Pook)
2006 (© Terry Butcher
RAF Westhampnett - Goodwood - Battle of Britain airfield control tower -
Spitfire Vb of the 308FS, 31FG at Westhampnett 1942 (© USAAF via DJ Akerman)
RAF Westhampnett - Goodwood - Battle of Britain airfield control tower -
2014 (© Julian Temple)
RAF Westhampnett - Goodwood - Battle of Britain airfield control tower -
RAF Westhampnett - RAF Goodwood airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman
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