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Forelands Airfield

REF NR: 353

In June 1918, the RFC opened an airfield at Forelands in order to provide increased air cover for the island. Temporary Bessoneau hangars were erected and a dozen DH.6 aircraft were based there, operated by 512 and 513 Flights. On formation of the Royal Air Force, these became part of 253 Squadron.


The DH.6 was specifically designed as a military trainer, at a time when it was usual for obsolete service types to be used in this role.Geoffrey de Havilland seems to have had two design criteria in mind. It should be cheap and easy to build, and above all, simple to repair after the mishaps common in ab-initio training. The top and bottom wings were square cut, and interchangeable.


After World War I, the station was closed and the land was sold in 1920. No trace of its former use remains.