Cowdray Park
(Midhurst, South Ambersham)
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Swath Moor Yard, Watch Office was the brick building in the centre of the photo, during the war it had an apex roof and was later modified as shown here c.1980 (© via Tania Pons)
Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy Cowdray Park airfield control tower
Airfield Today:
Polo fields
Tower Type:
Watch Office built for the RN Storage Section
Tower:
Demolished in the 1990s
Other Buildings:
Very few
History:
c.1937 to 1939, The landing ground was created from agricultural land by Lord Cowdray for visiting civil aircraft. The airfield was known as Midhurst or South Ambersham, only becoming Polo fields after the war.
/06/1941 to 15/11/1945, Land requisitioned on 28/03/1941, the airfield was renamed Cowdray Park and commissioned as part of HMS Daedalus, Royal Navy Storage Section, a dispersed storage site for aircraft from Lee-on_Solent airfield. Albacore, Sea Otter, Swordfish and Walrus biplanes were stored here.
/1943 to /1945, The following Air Training Corps Squadrons used the airfield during wartime:
225 Brighton, 1485 Brighton, 350 Carshalton and Wallington, 461 Chichester, 54 Eastbourne, 176 Hove, 1345 Malden and Coombe,
1452 Rother and 752 Vectis.
/04/1944 to /10/1944, The Royal Navy School of Photography with Avro Anson aircraft were detached here from Ford.
Airfield closed shortly after the end of the war.

Many thanks to Tania Pons, Selham Airfield Project for the photographs and information.
Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy Cowdray Park airfield control tower
Swath Moor Yard today, West barn on the left and East barn on the right with the MT shed on the far right 2010 (© Tania Pons)
Site of the airfield today, Swath Moor barn West to the left of the photo, sole remaining wartime Dutch barn hangar in the centre background 2010 (© Tania Pons)
Swath Moor barn West and its blue plaque seen from the Selham road 2015 (© via Steve Wade)
2015 (© James Tree)
Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy Cowdray Park airfield control tower
Airfield:
RN Satellite airfield, Storage Section for aircraft storage
Opened:
c.1937
Closed:
30/09/1945
ID Code:
??
Runways:
2x - Grass
Hangars:
25x - Dutch barn hangars 20' x 40'
County:
Sussex
Location:
2 miles E of Midhurst
OS Ref:
M
Links:
Selham Airfield Project: selham airfield.co.uk
©:
All photos copyright © as stated
Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy Cowdray Park airfield control tower - HMS Daedalus -
The last remaining wartime Dutch barn hangar 2018 (© Tania Pons)
Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy Cowdray Park airfield control tower - HMS Daedalus -
Watch Office 06/06/1944 (© via Tania Pons)
Fleet Air Arm, Royal Naval Air Station Cowdray Park airfield control tower - HMS Daedalus -
Group photo of air and ground crew showing a mix of RN, RAF and Royal Marine uniforms 06/06/1944 (© via Tania Pons)
Fleet Air Arm, Royal Naval Air Station Cowdray Park airfield control tower - HMS Daedalus -
RNAS Cowdray Park airfield control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © - robert truman - August 2018 -