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RAF Westhampnett
USAAF Station AAF-352
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svgEighth Air Force - Emblem (World War II).png
Westhampnett, West Sussex
Type Royal Air Force station
Coordinates Latitude: 50.859
Longitude: -0.759
Built 1938 (1938)
In use 1938-1946 (1946)
Current
owner
Air Ministry
Controlled by  Royal Air Force
US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces
Garrison RAF Fighter Command
Eighth Air Force
Occupants 31st Fighter Group
Battles/wars Second World War
Airfield Information
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Summary
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 2,805 855 Grass
10/28 2,011 613 Grass
14/32 4,265 1,300 Grass
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

RAF Westhampnett was a Royal Air Force station, located in the village of Westhampnett near Chichester, in the English County of West Sussex.

It was built as an emergency landing airfield for fighter aircraft, as a satellite station to RAF Tangmere. Built on land belonging to the Goodwood Estate, the then landowner, the Duke of Richmond, Frederick Gordon-Lennox retained the Title Deed to the land.

History[edit | edit source]

Royal Air Force use[edit | edit source]

Squadrons[edit | edit source]

Units[edit | edit source]

  • No. 83 Group Support Unit.[25]
  • No. 121 Airfield.[25]
  • No. 144 (RCAF) Airfield.[25]
  • No. 402 Air Stores Park.[25]
  • No. 1493 (Fighter) Gunnery Flight.[25]

United States Army Air Forces[edit | edit source]

Current use[edit | edit source]

Upon its closure by the RAF, Westhampnett airfield subsequently became the now world famous Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit and Chichester/Goodwood Airport.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Chichester/Goodwood - EGHR
  2. Jefford 2001, p. 38.
  3. Jefford 2001, p. 39.
  4. Jefford 2001, p. 45.
  5. Jefford 2001, p. 52.
  6. Jefford 2001, p. 57.
  7. Jefford 2001, p. 58.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Jefford 2001, p. 59.
  9. Jefford 2001, p. 61.
  10. Jefford 2001, p. 64.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Jefford 2001, p. 65.
  12. Jefford 2001, p. 66.
  13. Jefford 2001, p. 77.
  14. Jefford 2001, p. 84.
  15. Jefford 2001, p. 85.
  16. Jefford 2001, p. 87.
  17. Jefford 2001, p. 88.
  18. Jefford 2001, p. 89.
  19. Jefford 2001, p. 90.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Jefford 2001, p. 92.
  21. Jefford 2001, p. 94.
  22. Jefford 2001, p. 95.
  23. Jefford 2001, p. 98.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Jefford 2001, p. 100.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 "Westhampnett (Chichester) (Goodwood)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/westhampnett-chichester-goodwood. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  26. Maurer 1980, p. 85.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Jefford, C.G, MBE, BA, RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Maurer, M. Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. USAF Historical Division. Washington D.C., USA: Zenger Publishing Co., Inc, 1980. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.

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