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Encyclopedia > Hornchurch Country Park

Hornchurch Country Park is a park on the former site of Hornchurch Airfield, south of Hornchurch in the London Borough of Havering, East London. Hornchurch Airfield was an important RAF base during World War 2. ... Hornchurch is a place in the London Borough of Havering. ... The London Borough of Havering is a London borough in East London. ... This article is about the area of London, United Kingdom. ...


The River Ingrebourne passes through the park and if forms park of Thames Chase Community Forest. The River Ingrebourne is a tributary of the Thames which passes roughly north east to south west through the London Borough of Havering in East London. ...


RAF Hornchurch

RAF Hornchurch spanned 47 years, from 1915 to its closure in 1962, as a key air force instilation between both world wars, and into the jet age.



RAF Hornchurch, was originaly Suttons Farm Airfeild in World War I, defending London against Zepplin airships. Then known as RAF Hornchurch was a Royal Air Force station during World War 2.


RAF Hornchurch was part of the 11th Group, that covered the South East of England during the Battle Of Britain in 1940. The Air base was in a key location being able to cover London and the Thames Corridor from German air attacks.


With this strategic location in mind, the RAF increased defences along the area, into neighbouring villages, and fortifications on the base. RAF Hornchurch has the largest number of surviving Tet Turrets in the whole of England.


During the Battle of Britain, RAF Hornchurch became home to many squadrons.



No 65 Squadron (Spitfires) from 5 June 1940


No 74 Squadron (Spitfires) from 25 June 1940


No 54 Squadron (Spitfires) from 24 July 1940


No 41 Squadron (Spitfires) from 26 July 1940


No 54 Squadron (Spitfires) from 8 August 1940


No 266 Squadron (Spitfires) from 14 August 1940


No 600 Squadron (Blenheims & Beaufighters) from 22 August 1940


No 264 Squadron (Defiants) from 22 August 1940


No 603 Squadron (Spitfires) from 27 August 1940


No 41 Squadron (Spitfires) from 3 September 1940


Apart from Hornchurch Country Park, part of the land formerly occupied by the airfield is now a housing estate. The names of the streets of the estate commemorate the airfield and its pilots.


A local school was named, The R.J.Mitchall School, after the man who designed the Spitfire.


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