Trips / North Weald

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Trip to North Weald
December 13/14, 2009
From Lelystad to Southend From Southend to North Weald From North Weald to Lelystad EHLE; Lelystad EGMC; Southend EGSX; North Weald



North Weald airfield

North Weald Airfield is a famous Battle of Britain fighter base. The airfield was established in the summer of 1916 during the First World War by the Royal Flying Corps, and played an important part in the air defence strategy of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Initially Hawker Hurricanes were deployed at the airfield, alongside Bristol Blenheim night fighters. The Blenheim stood little chance against the German Messerschmitt Bf 109 during daylight operations. In 1940, two American Eagle Squadrons moved into North Weald supplied with Spitfires. After the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire became the backbone of RAF Fighter Command. A couple of years later, Norwegian squadrons were re-assigned to the airfield, also equipped with Spitfires. After the war, jet fighter squadrons with Gloster Meteors and de Havilland Vampire fighters were based at North Weald from 1949. In 1964, the RAF withdrew from the airfield completely. In 1979, North Weald was sold to the local government. The airfield also has a museum about the service personnel and civilians, who have lived, worked, flown, fought and died at North Weald since the airfield opened in 1916.

 Hawker Hurricane
Hawker Hurricane
Bristol Blenheim
Bristol Blenheim
Supermarine Spitfire
Supermarine Spitfire
de Havilland Vampire
de Havilland Vampire
North Weald Airfield Museum



From Lelystad to Southend

Rene at Lelystad
Rene at Lelystad
En route to Southend
En route to Southend
Final RWY 06 Southend
Final RWY 06 Southend
PH-WCU at Southend
PH-WCU at Southend



From Southend to North Weald

North Weald airfield was a fighter station during the Battle of Britain, when it was known as the RAF Station RAF North Weald.

Rene at Southend
Rene at Southend
Between Southend and North Weald
Between Southend and North Weald
Left downwind RWY 02 North Weald
Left downwind RWY 02 North Weald
Rene at North Weald
Rene at North Weald



From North Weald to Lelystad

Fueling before departure
Fueling before departure
Clacton on Sea
Clacton on Sea
Over the North Sea
Over the North Sea
Arrived at Lelystad
Arrived at Lelystad


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