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GOSPORT AIRFIELD

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  HMS SISKIN
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A military airfield used in both World Wars. The military airfield began in 1914 as a Royal Navy Air Service station, initially consisting of canvas hangars and a tented camp. In the late 1930s the airfield was expanded as the threat of another war grew. Originally the airfield had tarmac runways used for practising carrier landings but these were removed to provide larger grass runways.
During the Battle of Britain in 1940, it was sometimes used by the heavily engaged 11 Group Royal Air Force, but principally by Royal Navy aircraft operating in defence of Southampton and Portsmouth. During the battle the airfield was heavily attacked by German aircraft: a particularly severe raid was launched by Stukas operating from the Caen area. Later in the war the base was used by a mixture of Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Units, experimenting with the use of torpedoes and training crews.
Post-war the site was also known as HMS Siskin. After 1956 the site was developed for Navy housing. It is situated to the south-east of HMS Daedulus, a another more famous naval air station.

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