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Westhampnett was built as an emergency fighter landing, a satellite of RAF Tangmere. Both airfields are on the Goodwood Estate, then owned by the Duke of Richmond (an avid pilot and racing buff) Lord Richmond held on to the deed for the land, and after the war, converted the airport perimeter road into the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit, which opened in 1948. The control tower is now known as The`Control Tower Cafe’.

Squadrons stationed at Westhampnett during the Second World War.

  • 610 Squadron 15 Dec 1940 to 29th Aug 1941 & 20th Jan 1943 to 30th April 1943 & 27 Jun 1944 to 2 July 1944


 

21st June 1943  Reorganisation

28th June 1944 Move


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Those known to have served at

RAF Westhampnett

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Waghorn Bryan Dickson. Sgt (d.28th Oct 1941)

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Sgt Bryan Dickson Waghorn 129 Squadron (d.28th Oct 1941)

Bryan Waghorn was the younger brother of Battle of Britain pilot Sgt Peter Waghorn. He flew the Spitfires of 129 squadron based at Westhampnett but unfortunately was lost over the English Channel on 28 October 1941, six months after his brother was killed flying his Hurricane in the defence of Malta. The brother's father, Harry Waghorn, had enlisted in the army in WW1, was commissioned and after being posted to Mesopotamia was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in Egypt. The photo shows the pilots of 129 Squadron at Westhampnett, possibly in September of 1941, with one of their Spitfires behind them.

Ian Pursey







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