TQ5384 : Swords into Ploughshares

near to Elm Park, Havering, Great Britain

Swords into Ploughshares
Swords into Ploughshares
One of the few parts of the old RAF Hornchurch that have survived. The concrete aircraft dispersal is surrounded with an air raid shelter in the blast protection mound, is now used as a car park for the country park. RAF Hornchurch opened in 1917 as Suttons Farm but closed at the end of WW1. A new station was opened in 1928. Spitfires from Hornchurch took part in the infamous Battle of Barking Creek in late 1939 when two Hurricanes from RAF North Weald were shot down, one of the pilots was killed LinkExternal link. Hornchurch was a one of the most important of 11 Group's Sector stations during the Battle of Britain. It remained an RAF fighter station until spring of 1945. From 1952-62 it was the Aircrew selection centre it finally closed in 1963. Much of the airfield was built over but there are some relics in the country park. You can see some unusual airfield defences at TQ5384 : Tett Turrets.To go to the next field in an alphabetical tour of Essex WW2 airfields click on
TL5543 : RAF Little Walden. Much information was gleaned from Graham Smith’s book “Essex Airfields In The Second World War”. LinkExternal link
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Tuesday, 16 August, 2005   (more nearby)
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WGS84: 51:32.4738N 0:12.7244E
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