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RAF Friston

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, May 05, 2018 23:44:23

A little along the coast from Beachy Head is RAF Friston. There is really nothing there now to indicate that this used to be an airfield but if you stop on the A295 there are a couple of footpaths that will take you through fields to a memorial stone on the end of one of the grass runways, of which there were two. Although aircraft were based at Friston from time to time its main purpose was as an emergency landing ground. It saw little action after D-Day and closed in 1946 although it was briefly revived in 1988 as it was the setting for the TV series Piece of Cake.

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Posted by Marcus Wed, May 16, 2018 18:47:02

Nicely done Peter "Sherlock" Smith

Posted by Peter Smith Wed, May 09, 2018 22:32:59

To quote Gaz I had 'a bit of a sniff' before we set off. The memorial stone was placed by the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust and is on their website. Good old google earth showed a couple of gates that looked like footpaths and a likely parking spot so I went for a look.

Posted by Marcus Wed, May 09, 2018 20:58:16

How did you know about the footpaths and headstone Peter?

Posted by Pete the optimist Tue, May 08, 2018 18:41:32

I think this one may be safe. It's part of a working farm at the moment but I would be surprised if planning for houses was granted in this particular spot. But what do I know!

Posted by Workshy Joe Sun, May 06, 2018 10:26:31

The rate that old airfields are being swamped with little ticky-tacky boxes, before long all that will remain will be "headstones"....