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« on: January 23, 2012, 18:04:13 PM »

The military base at Thorney Island, West Sussex, is currently used by the army but between 1938 and 1976 it was RAF Thorney Island. I do believe that at one time the base was actually in Hampshire, but I have no idea when the boundary change took place. Thorney Island was home to No.59 Squadron in July 1940, flying Bristol Blenheims, followed by Locheed Hudsons and then, in August 1942, Liberators. Also on the base from 1941 were two Canadian Squadrons, Nos.404 and 407. In the period 1948 to 1950, RAF Thorney Island was the home for No.222 Squadron, flying Meteors. From the 1950's onwards, the Station was used for many and varied purposes - Transport Command, Search and Rescue, Flying Training and most well known, the Air/Sea Warfare Development Unit.

A few photographs to start off - November 1949 and the Commandant General of the RAF Regiment, Air Vice Marshal Sir Harold Thomas Lydford KBE, CB, AFC. AVM Lydford started his career as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps in 1917, his career taking him to the dizzy heights of Air Vice Marshal via Deputy Director of Organisation at the Air Ministry in WWII, DDO of same, Air Officer Commanding No. 28 Group in 1944 and Air Officer Commanding British Forces Aden in March 1945. After the War he served as Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment, Air Officer Commanding No. 18 Group and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Home Command before retiring in 1956.

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 19:09:01 PM »

My father served in 59 Sqn at Poix in France until March 1940 when he went to train as an Air Gunner Instructor. At that time with the Blenheims they were Fighter  Command but later transferred to Coastal Command. I believe they also spent a few days at Detling on their return from France
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 23:46:25 PM »

Four photos taken at thorney at an open day 1958, showing  Gladiator, Valiant, Javelin and finally, the only one showing much of the field, a Spitfire against the control tower

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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2012, 00:37:20 AM »

Looks like a Swordfish rather than a Gladiator  Wink

The Spit is a beaut! But the Javelin - what an odd-looking aircraft that was..
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2012, 00:50:55 AM »

Thanks for the correction John. It's a long time ago that I was a kid interested in aircraft and I found the negatives a couple of years ago untitled except for the Thorney tag. I may have the program somewhere. Will have to have a search
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2012, 09:34:00 AM »

Thanks for sharing your personal photo's on here  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2012, 10:20:12 AM »

Not 100% certain this is Thorney, may be Tangmere as some of the other shots show runways being dug and Tangmere had a UXB under the intersection of the runways, found during the pipe mine clearance

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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2012, 19:00:52 PM »

Battle of Britain 'At Home' Day at RAF Thorney Island, September 17th 1949.

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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2012, 19:05:10 PM »

More photographs from the Battle of Britain 'At Home' Day at RAF Thorney Island, September 17th 1949.

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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2012, 11:55:10 AM »

The visit of His Royal Highness Amir Mansour, Saudi Arabian Defence Minister, to RAF Thorney Island on 13th September 1949.

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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2012, 09:12:13 AM »

No. 500 Squadron R.Aux.A.F. based at West Malling used to take their summer camp at Thorney Island.


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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2012, 10:44:32 AM »

These RAF Thorney Island guys have won a few awards by the look of things - dated 1948 - proper rifles  Wink

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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2012, 18:04:25 PM »

March 1948..

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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2012, 17:35:14 PM »

November 1949. Representatives of the Italian press on a visit to Thorney Island.

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« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2012, 09:29:21 AM »

February 1950, visiting naval officers. I wonder what the story behind the Luftwaffe relic in the background is?

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