Great War Centenary

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Sound Mirrors


Sound mirrors erected along the south and east coasts to provide an early warning of approaching Zeppelins and Gotha bombers.

TR2738 : Listening Ear by michael TR2738 : Sound Mirror, Abbots Cliff by Chris Whippet TR2738 : Graffitied Sound Reflector by Barry Hunter Abbott's Cliff, Kent

TR0721 : The Denge Sound Mirrors by Julian P Guffogg TR0721 : Denge Sound Mirrors by Oast House Archive TR0721 : Sound Mirror at Denge, from the rear by Hywel Williams Denge, Kent

TR0272 : The crumbling cliffs of Warden Point by Marathon Warden Point, Kent

TA4116 : Kilnsea Sound Mirror by James T M Towill TA4116 : A Sound Mirror from the First World War by Ian S Kilnsea, Yorkshire (East Riding)

NZ6122 : Redcar Early Warning Station by Mick Garratt Redcar, Yorkshire (North Riding)

NZ7519 : WW1 Sound Mirror by Mick Garratt Boulby, Yorkshire (North Riding)

Airship Bases


Lenabo, Aberdeenshire

NK0342 : RNAS Lenabo by Ken Fitlike NK0242 : Memorial for RNAS Lenabo by Ken Fitlike NK0242 : Plaque on RNAS Lenabo Memorial by Ken Fitlike
RNAS Longside was built from 1915 to patrol over northern shipping convoys.

Whitehead, Co Antrim

J4692 : Bentra Golf Course, Whitehead by Eric Jones
Airship base for anti-submarine patrols in the northern Irish Sea.

Airfields


Airfields were built for pilot training, defence against submarines, Zeppelins and Gotha bombing raids.

Larkhill, Wiltshire
SU1443 : No disguise by Neil Owen SU1443 : The slightest of remains by Neil Owen SU1443 : Little acorns... by Neil Owen
The hangars at Larkhill are the oldest surviving military hangars in Britain and were built by the British and Colonial Aircraft Company in 1910 for their flying school. No 2 Company, Air Battalion Royal Engineers was established in 1911 at Larkhill.

Montrose, Angus
NO7260 : Montrose Airfield by Karen Vernon NO7260 : North end of the airfield by James Allan NO7259 : Airfield peri-track by James Allan NO7159 : Former aicraft hangars by John M
The oldest military airfield in Scotland established in 1913 providing training during both World Wars.

Stow Maries, Essex
TL8100 : Stow Maries WWI Airfield by Lee Holmes TQ8199 : Stow Maries WWI Aerodrome by Lee Holmes TL8100 : Stow Maries Aerodrome, the Museum by terry joyce TL8100 : Stow Maries Aerodrome, Ammunition Store by terry joyce TQ8299 : Runway, Stow Maries Aerodrome by terry joyce
A Royal Flying Corps Home Defence airfield to intercept bombers attacking London opened in September 1916.

Leadenham, Lincolnshire
SK9651 : Former Leadenham RFC Aerodrome by Richard Croft
A Royal Flying Corps Home Defence airfield to intercept Zeppelins opened in 1916.

Cuxwold, Lincolnshire
TA1800 : Grass strip at Cuxwold, running towards Ash Holt by Chris
A Class 2 night landing ground for RFC Home Defence squadron.

Sedgeford, Norfolk
TF7336 : WW1 building in Whin Close by Evelyn Simak TF7336 : WW1 structures in Whin Close by Evelyn Simak TF7336 : Building on the former RAF Sedgeford site by Evelyn Simak TF7336 : Relic from WW1 by Evelyn Simak
Opened as a Royal Naval Air Force station in 1915 for training and interception of Zeppelins.
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Covehithe, Norfolk
TM5180 : Wartime airfield at Covehithe by Evelyn Simak
Former RNAS airfield opened in 1915 and night landing ground for anti-Zeppelin operations.

Port Meadow, Oxford
SP5007 : Track on Port Meadow by Steve Daniels SP4909 : Wolvercote parish boundary marker stone by David Tyers
Training airfield with nearby target for gun and bombing practice.

East Boldre/Beaulieu, Hampshire
SU3600 : East Boldre airfield and the 'Beaulieu' letters (1) by Mike Searle SU3600 : East Boldre airfield and the 'Beaulieu' letters (2) by Mike Searle SU3600 : East Boldre airfield and the 'Beaulieu' letters (3) by Mike Searle SU3700 : East Boldre Village Hall by Mike Faherty
Opened in November 1915 as a Royal Flying Corps training airfield.

Yatesbury, Wiltshire
SU0571 : Hangar, former RAF Yatesbury air base by Vieve Forward SU0571 : North side of restored hangar, former RAF Yatesbury air base by Vieve Forward SU0571 : Derelict aircraft hangar, Juggler’s Lane, Yatesbury by Vieve Forward SU0571 : Hangar, former RAF Yatesbury air base by Vieve Forward SU0571 : Hangar at north east corner of former RAF Yatesbury air base by Vieve Forward
Opened in November 1916 as a Royal Flying Corps training airfield for reconnaissance pilots. LinkExternal link

Old Sarum, Wiltshire
SU1533 : Comet and hangar by David Martin SU1533 : Hangar at Old Sarum Airfield by Jonathan Hutchins
Opened in August 1917 as a Royal Flying Corps training airfield.

Wilmington, Sussex
TQ5305 : Site of Wilmington Aerodrome (1) by Simon Carey
Opened by December 1916.

Leuchars, Fife
NO4520 : Hangars and planes - Leuchars airfield by Richard Law NO4620 : Hangar notice by James Allan
Opened in 1917 as a Royal Flying Corps training airfield.

Duxford, Cambridgeshire
TL4546 : Entrance to Hangar 4 - Duxford by Enttauscht TL4546 : Hangar 4 - Duxford by Enttauscht TL4546 : Hangar 5 - Duxford by Enttauscht TL4546 : Doors to hangar 5 by Enttauscht TL4546 : Hangars at Duxford Air Museum by P Glenwright
TL4546 : Duxford Aviation Society by Enttauscht TL4546 : Hut 147, Duxford Camp by David Purchase
Opened in 1918 as a Royal Flying Corps training airfield.

Shotwick, Flintshire
SJ3370 : North Wales WWII defences: RAF Sealand, Garden City Industrial Estate - LAA Battery (1) by Mike Searle SJ3370 : North Wales WWII defences: RAF Sealand, Garden City Industrial Estate - LAA Battery (3) by Mike Searle
Private flying school taken over in 1917 as a Royal Flying Corps training airfield.

Dalgety Bay, Fife
NT1684 : Hillend Industrial Estate by Robert Struthers
RNAS Donibristle developed from September 1917 as a repair and maintenance depot for naval aircraft and seaplanes being linked by railway to coast. Formerly an emergency landing strip.

East Fortune, Fife
NT5579 : Rural East Lothian : East Fortune Hospital - Building to the SE of Northern Site Entrance by Richard West NT5579 : Rural East Lothian : East Fortune Hospital - the main street by Richard West NT5579 : East Lothian Architecture : Corrugated Iron at East Fortune Hospital by Richard West NT5579 : East Lothian Architecture : The Principal Building at East Fortune Hospital by Richard West NT5579 : East Fortune Sanatorium. by Richard Webb
RNAS station for airships and aircraft from 1915-6. Many buildings survived as part of sanatorium on north side of the airfield.

Wellingore, Lincolnshire
SK9954 : Track leading to the former RAF Wellingore by Tim Heaton SK9954 : A track at former RAF Wellingore by J.Hannan-Briggs
RNAS Wellingore Heath opened in 1917 as an emergency landing ground.

Rendcomb, Gloucestershire
SP0309 : Rendcomb Airfield by Dave Bushell SP0309 : Royal Flying Corps, Rendcomb by Alex McGregor
Opened in 1916 as a Royal Flying Corps training airfield.

Buckminster, Leicestershire
SK8923 : Farmland and shelterbelt, south of Aerodrome Farm by Christine Johnstone
Opened in 1916 as a Royal Flying Corps airfield.

Marsham, Norfolk
TG1923 : The Whites - WW1 Landing Ground by Evelyn Simak
The 'Whites' opened as a Royal Flying Corps relief landing ground in 1915 and from May 1916 a home defence night landing ground. The airfield closed in October 1916 with operations moved to Saxthorpe.

Filton, Bristol
ST5980 : A classic design of hangar by Neil Owen ST6080 : Side of the Belfast hangar by Neil Owen
Opened in 1917 as Royal Flying Corps Aircraft Acceptance Park No 5. The triple bay Belfast Truss seems to be a standard design for Acceptance Parks.

Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
SJ5113 : Former aircraft hangar by John M SJ5113 : Former aircraft hangar by John M
RAF Monkmoor was established in 1918 as a school for Air Observation and General Service Sheds built for an Aircraft Acceptance Park and Aircraft Repair Depot. Three of the four sheds built in pairs retain their original timber 'Belfast' trusses.

Hooton Park, Cheshire
SJ3778 : Hooton Park Trust, Ellesmere Port: restored WW1 era Belfast Truss Hangar (1) by Mike Searle SJ3778 : Hooton Park Trust, Ellesmere Port: restored WW1 era Belfast Truss Hangar (2) by Mike Searle SJ3778 : Hooton Park Trust, Ellesmere Port: work in progress on a WW1 era Belfast Truss Hangar (1) by Mike Searle SJ3778 : Hooton Park Trust, Ellesmere Port: work in progress on a WW1 era Belfast Truss Hangar (2) by Mike Searle SJ3778 : WWII Cheshire: defences of the Wirral, RAF Hooton Park LAA post (1) by Mike Searle
Opened in 1917 as No 4 Training Depot with three double bay and one single bay 'Belfast truss' sheds. The three double bay sheds have been restored by the Hooton Park Trust.

Orford Ness, Suffolk
TM4348 : First  World War barracks, Orford Ness by Phil Champion TM4348 : Site of the original World War 1 Belfast hangars by Dave Thompson
The Royal Flying Corps Armament and Experimental Flight moved to Orford Ness in 1915.

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