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    Default Southbourne / Bournemouth

    Bournemouth's first (temporary) Aerodrome.....

    http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/airfields/beh.html#
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    Default Re: Bournemouth -Southbourne

    Got any photos? Was not this the RFC / RAF Aerodrome that never was?

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    Default Re: Bournemouth -Southbourne

    AFAIK the Hengistbury(Southbourne) site was only used for that meeting - and possibly some casual use prior to WW1- although I've never seen factual proof anywhere.

    Many early visiting flyers to the Bournemouth area may have used Kings Park - about 1.5 miles E of the town centre.

    I believe you may be thinking of either Talbot Village (1915-1917) where there was a flying school (tho' not military)...or RFC Winton(Ensbury Park- the racecourse later) which operated 1918-19 with the WT School.

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    Default Re: Bournemouth -Southbourne

    Ah! I am thinking of Southbourne (Emsworth), located close to Southbourne Halt near Chichester Harbour. This was an American TDS for training on HP machines. It was under construction at the end of WW1 - never occupied. Silly me!!

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    Default Saw this at Southbourne. Hants.


    I saw this building last week whilst going to the place opposite. This is at Southbourne, Nr Havant, Hampshire.

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    RAF Southbourne on Hengistbury Head.jpg

    RAF Southbourne, on the south side of Hengistbury Head near Bournemouth was a reserve Radar Station built in the early war years circa 1941. The aerials can be seen in the distance in the middle of the photo. I'm no expert of ground based radar so cannot say whether it was CH or CH Low.

    The area used as a landing ground for the Bournemouth Aviation Meeting in July 1910 where Rolls (of Rolls Royce fame) crashed and subsequently died is off to the far right hand side of the photo
    Last edited by Larry Hayward; 23-08-2015 at 22:47. Reason: added info

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