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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, Royal Navy No. 787 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, 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, 31st FG at Westhampnett 1942 (© USAAF via DJ Akerman)
RAF Westhampnett - Goodwood - Battle of Britain airfield control tower -
Westhampnett control tower 2010 (© Kevin Farrow)
2010 (© Kevin Farrow)
2010 (© Kevin Farrow)
Westhampnett parachute shed 2010 (© Kevin Farrow)
Goodwood blast wall 2010 (© Kevin Farrow)
Westhampnett hangar 2010 (© Kevin Farrow)
RAF Westhampnett - Goodwood - Battle of Britain airfield control tower -
Goodwood control tower 2014 (© Julian Temple)
RAF Westhampnett - Goodwood - Battle of Britain airfield control tower -
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- 2007 - updated 16/12/2014 - 11/08/2021 -