Old 2nd Aug 2015, 11:11
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Doesn't look possible post-war, mr D. Airfield used only for Care and Maintenance. However, the Whitley was there in 1939. You can just see it tucked away rear left below.

Empire Air Day -
Usworth 20/05/1939

The 1939 Empire Air Day celebrated the twenty-first anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force as a separate service. In all 78 aerodromes were scheduled to take part including 63 from the RAF. The programme had many features including the Air Force comes of age, the Air Force guards the Empire and the men behind the machines.

At Usworth the station was under the command of Squadron Leader H.W. Mermagen. 607 "County of Durham" Squadron of the Auxiliary Air Force were based with their Demon and Gladiator biplanes under the leadership of Squadron Leader L.E. Smith. The station was opened to visitors between 2:00pm to 8:00pm with the following aircraft planned to be on view -

Avro Tutor
Hawker Hart
Hawker Demon
Fairey Seal
Boulton Paul Overstrand
Miles Magister
Gloster Gladiator
Fairey Battle
Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley
Handley Page Hampden

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