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  • united kingdom Baker Barracks

    Emsworth, West Sussex, England

    United Kingdom


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    6.4030 Funtington, England
    9.9248 Eastney Barracks, England
    10.8289 Portsmouth Hospital, England
    12.2277EGH44 Horsea Island, England
    12.3267 HMS Excellent, England
    12.3262 HMD Portsmouth, England

    1938 to 1976

    50° 49' 6.5'' N - 0° 55' 28'' W
    1.5nm S of Emsworth
    Elevation: 10 feet

    History of this Location

    RAF Thorney Island was opened as part of the pre-WWII expansion programme, in 1938. It was used throughout the war and afterwards transferred to Coastal Command and then Transport Command. 46 Squadron flew its Andover C.1s from here until its de-commissioning in 1975. The runways remain, although after a short period with the Royal Navy and then as a refugee camp for Vietnamese boat people in the early 1980s, they are in poor condition. The Army took over around 1985 and it is now known as Baker Barracks.

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    List of units at Thorney Island

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    1974/7622 SquadronWessex 1974/97
    Whirlwind 1955/81
    1964/7322 SquadronWhirlwind 1955/81
    1955/5922 SquadronWhirlwind 1955/81
    Type 171 Sycamore 1955
    1945/48Air/Sea Warfare Development Unit
    1945/48703 NASR-4 Hoverfly 1946/47
    202 SquadronH145 / EC145T2 2018/   
    412 2016/18
    Wessex 1982/83
    Sea King 1978/15
    Whirlwind 1964/81

    List of aircraft and events at Thorney Island

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    1955-oct-01 AccidentRAF HAR.2 XJ434
    1969-jun SAR Meet 1969marinen V44A 01002
    1975 StoredRAF HC.2 XT677
    2019-dec-11 RAF CH-47D ZD574

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