Martlesham Heath Timeline

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January 1917

The Royal Flying Corps Aeroplane Experimental Unit arrives at Martlesham Heath


April 1918

The Royal Flying Corps & the Royal Naval Air Service
merge to become the Royal Air Force

1 April 1918


November 1918

The End Of World War 1

Armistice Day – 11 November 1918

THE ARMISTICE DAY, 11 NOVEMBER 1918 (Q 56642) Crowd at Buckingham Palace celebrating signing of Armistice. London, 11 November 1918. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:
© IWM (Q 56642)

September 1939

RAF A&AEE (Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment) moves to Boscombe Down at the outbreak of World War 2.

May 1943

USAAF 356th Fighter Group arrive at RAF Martlesham Heath.



The Battle of Britain Flight (later ‘Memorial’ Flight) was stationed at RAF Martlesham Heath from 1958 -1961

Photo © John Cooper

April 1963

RAF Martlesham closes on 25 April 1963, after a period of ‘care and maintenance’ since 1961



The GPO (General Post Office) buys a part of the former Martlesham Heath airfield for its new research centre, to succeed the GPO Research Station at Dollis Hill in Neasden in north-west London.



Bradford Property Trust presented a proposal to the local council to develop a “New Village” on part of the former RAF Martlesham Heath airfield, with houses for 3000 people planned together with associated shops, schools and recreational facilities.


Wikipedia article

November 1975

Post Office Research Centre

Official Opening by HM The Queen

(Now Adastral Park)

BT Heritage archive film

August 1979

The Douglas Bader pub is opened by the man himself – Sir Douglas Bader

(a later photo though …)

© Adrian Cable (CCL)

November 2015

Adastral Park 40th Anniversary

(since official opening)

BT News Release

July 2017

The MH100 Centenary Weekend

Saturday 8 July & Sunday 9 July

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