Burnham on Crouch RFC Airfield

The airfield at Burnham was established as a night flight station in 1915 at Wick Road an land adjoining Wick Farm.

Initially the airfield was used by RNAS with two Bristol TB8 biplanes but in 1916 the airfield was taken over the RFC who extended the site.

The airfield was the base for No 37 (HD) Squadron in 50th Wing.

Life at the base was hard as no buildings were erected which meant that the staff were billeted in tents which must have been difficult given the cold winds sweeping in from the North Sea.

The most exciting events occurred when aircraft from other stations used the site for emergency night landings.

At the end of the war the site was returned to agricultural use.

A neighbouring site, to the rear of the existing Silver Road Caravan Site, was converted for use as a civil airfield in 1932 and was in regular use until the start of  WW2 when it was obstructed to prevent its use by an invading army.

During the war the site of the original airfield was surveyed for possible use as an airfield for American bombers but the site was never developed.

Since the war neither airfield has never been developed.

  Bristol fighter picture courtesy of www.wheels-and-wings.org.uk

 

An area of land between the old RFC airstrip and the River was converted into an airstrip in 1934 by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club for use by Club Members flying in for sailing at a charge of 5 shillings per landing.

The opening ceremony was carried out on 27 August 1934 by the Duchess of Bedford who was a flying enthusiast and arrived in her own aircraft.

The airstrip did not prove viable and was not used again after the second world war.

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