Note: Some time ago I made this comment: "This map only gives a rough location within the UK. If anybody can be kind enough to provide a more exact location, this advice will be most welcome."
In January 2018 I was kindly contacted by Colin King, (see 'Comment' below), so hopefully this map is now much more accurate.
RADFORD: Civil airfield or flying ground later military aerodrome (Aka COVENTRY)
Operated by: Daimler Motor Company (initially)
Military users: Examination Ground RFC/RAF Aircraft Acceptance Park
Location: North of present day city centre
Period of operation: 1916 to 1919
Site area: 208 acres 960 x 914
NOTES: From 1916, (some say 1915), Daimler used the aerodrome for air testing the BE.2c’s, RE.8s, DH.10s and Bristol F.2b Fighters they produced. Later it seems the War Office took over the aerodrome and it was renamed the No.1 Aircraft Acceptance Park for air testing aircraft produced by Daimler, Standard, Humber, Siddeley-Deasey and possibly also aircraft produced by Vulcan Motor & Engineering and Wolseley Motors in Birmingham?
Regarded today as being the first ‘proper’ aerodrome in Coventry it became a housing estate in 1923.
colin kingThis comment was written on: 2018-01-11 15:59:26
The location of this airfield is almost certainly slightly further north around Jubilee Cres (built 1935?) In this area is a road called Guardhouse Rd and a pub called "The Pilot" in Burnaby Rd. The Area down towards Capmartin Rd is flat and there is(was) a sports ground at the bottom and close to railway lines
Reply from Dick Flute:
Hi Colin, Many thanks, I shall look into this and amend the marker. Best regards, Dick
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