Monument record MCC4877 - WWI landing ground at Blackheath Common


Night landing ground in use from 1915 to 1919.


Grid reference Centred TM 004 212 (674m by 741m)
Map sheet TM02SW


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Set up in March 1915 this is one of two Royal Flying Corps night emergency landing grounds in Essex chosen directly by the War Office. It occupied 55 acres and was designated a First Class Site. Flying activity stopped in 1919 when it was handed back to the Army. <1>.

The site is now partially covered by an infants school and housing estate. It is very unlikely that any traces of its use as a WWI airfield survive above or below ground. <2>.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Doyle, Paul A. 1997. Fields of the First.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Pratt, Nigel. 2001. WWI airfield management recommendations and archaeological potential.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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