Aerial view, 1933.
|Type||Royal Air Force station|
|Controlled by||Royal Air Force|
|In use||April 1918-April 1962|
|Battles/wars||First World War|
Second World War
Royal Air Force Felixstowe, or more simply RAF Felixstowe, is a former Royal Air Force station located 2.7 miles (4.3 km) northeast of Harwich, Essex, England and 10.7 miles (17.2 km) southeast of Ipswich, Suffolk.
Felixstowe was commissioned 5 August 1913 under the command of Captain C. E. Risk, RM as Seaplanes, Felixstowe, followed by Lieutenant C. E. H. Rathborne, RN in 1914 and Lieutenant-Commander John Cyril Porte, RN in 1915. RNAS Felixstowe was created soon after the outbreak of World War I following the formation of the Royal Naval Air Service, 1 July 1914.
On formation of the Royal Air Force 1 April 1918, the unit was renamed the Seaplane Experimental Station, Felixstowe and disbanded in June 1919. 'C', 'D' and 'E' Boat Seaplane Training Flights were all formed on 8 August 1918 and were disbanded during 1919 with no known aircraft operated while at Felixstowe.
Notable members of the RAF were based at Felixstowe, including, among others, Frank Whittle, cred with the invention of the turbojet engine, and T.E. Lawrence, commonly known as Lawrence of Arabia.
RAF Felixstowe closed 21 June 1962.
The following units were posted here:
Those who served at RAF Felixstowe included Flying Officer Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine, and Aircraftsman 1st Class TE Shaw, better known as Lawrence of Arabia.