RAF Felixstowe

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RAF Felixstowe
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Felixstowe, Suffolk
RAF Felixstowe, 1933.jpg
Aerial view, 1933.
RAF Felixstowe is located in Suffolk
RAF Felixstowe
RAF Felixstowe
Coordinates51°56′42″N 1°19′16″E / 51.945°N 1.321°E / 51.945; 1.321
TypeRoyal Air Force station
Site information
OwnerAir Ministry
Controlled by Royal Air Force
Site history
In useApril 1918-April 1962 (1962)
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War

Royal Air Force Felixstowe or more simply RAF Felixstowe is a former Royal Air Force station located 2.7 miles (4.3 km) northeast of Harwich, Essex, England and 10.7 miles (17.2 km) southeast of Ipswich, Suffolk.

History[edit]

A Consolidated Model 28-5 (P96300), shortly after joining the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment for trials in July 1939.

Felixstowe was commissioned 5 August 1913 under the command of Captain C. E. Risk, RM as Seaplanes, Felixstowe followed by Lieutenant C. E. H. Rathborne, RN in 1914 and Lieutenant-Commander John Cyril Porte, RN 1915. RNAS Felixstowe was created soon after the outbreak of World War I following the formation of the Royal Naval Air Service, 1 July 1914.

On formation of the Royal Air Force 1 April 1918, the unit was renamed the Seaplane Experimental Station, Felixstowe and disbanded in June 1919. 'C', 'D' and 'E' Boat Seaplane Training Flights were all formed on 8 August 1918 and were disbanded during 1919 with no known aircraft operated while at Felixstowe.[1][2][3]

RAF Felixstowe closed 21 June 1962.

The following units were posted here:

Current use[edit]

The site is now the Port of Felixstowe,[9] nothing remains of the hangars, slipways and jettys.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Lake 1999, p. 41.
  2. ^ Lake 1999, p. 56.
  3. ^ Lake 1999, p. 57.
  4. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 32.
  5. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 70.
  6. ^ a b c Jefford 1988, p. 74.
  7. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 77.
  8. ^ Lake 1999, p. 52.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "Felixstowe". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h Lake 1999, p. 73.
  11. ^ a b c Lake 1999, p. 74.
  12. ^ Lake 1999, p. 77.
  13. ^ Lake 1999, p. 66.
  14. ^ Lake 1999, p. 101.
  15. ^ Lake 1999, p. 130.
  16. ^ Lake 1999, p. 136.
  17. ^ Lake 1999, p. 137.
  18. ^ Trippitt, Mike (22 May 2018). "The fascinating history behind Felixstowe's flying boats". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 8 June 2018.

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