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    My apologies for being out of era again, but can anyone tell me what squadron(s) were based at the Isle of Grain during 1919?

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    Brian,

    Er, none. Squadrons that is.

    But:
    Marine Aircraft Experimental Station
    Formed 10.18 at Isle of Grain to test current marine aircraft types (dett to Kirtling Street, Battersea, London SW19 26.12.19); Became Marine & Armament Exeperimental Establishment 16.3.20.
    [RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912]

    pp132-136 of 'Action Stations' Vol Nine contain a brief history of Grain, 'chosen by the Admiralty in 1912 as one of their first seaplane bases.' Aircraft testing and design work was carried out there. The station was commissioned on 30 Dec 12 and it 'was soon carrying out development work on hydro-aeroplanes...'.

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    Many thanks Errol, that's exactly what I wanted. I had a reference to aircraft from the Isle of Grain measuring upper air temperatures for the Shoeburyness Army range on the other side of the Thames estuary. This wouldn't normally have come in the remit of operational squadrons, but it was routine practice at Experimental stations.

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    There was an airship station at Kingsnorth (not to be confused with the Ashford Kingsnorth) Pete

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    Thanks Peter. However the reference recorded the data came from aircraft ascents as opposed to airships.

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