united kingdom Baker Barracks

Emsworth, England
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1938 to 1976

50 49 6.5 secs N - 0 55 28 secs W
1.5nm S of Emsworth
ICAO: EGYTIATA:
Elevation: 10 feet


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 Squadron412 2016/   
Wessex 1982/83
Sea King 1978/15
Whirlwind 1964/81






List of aircraft and events at Thorney Island

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DatesOrg/TypeUnit
1955-oct-01 AccidentRoyal Air ForceWhirlwind HAR.2XJ434
1969-jun SAR Meet 1969SE marinenV44A01002


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