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M.A.E.E

(Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment)

RAF FELIXSTOWE

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Having first been established as a Royal Naval Air Service seaplanes station in 1913. During the First World War, flying boats from Felixstowe - the largest flying boat base in the war - patrolled 'The Spider Web' in the North Sea, spotting and bombing German U-boats. 

Important research and testing continued to be carried out on seaplanes at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment  which became fully operational from 16 June 1924.The (MAEE) were  trialling  all UK seaplanes and flying boats including both the 1929 & 1931 Schneider Trophy winners.

For a while T.E.Laurence (of WW1 Arabia fame) was also based at RAF Felixstowe as an engineer, before his sudden death in March 1935.

In 1936the Establishment came under the control of RAF Costal Command. A year Later, 1937 the Fleet Air Arm was returned to Royal Navy control and the test and evaluation of carrier-borne aircraft ceased.

In 1938 Saro Lerwick L7248  at Felixstowe for trials
In 1939 Saro Lerwick L7248  at Felixstowe for trails
 

In 1939 Saro Lerwick L7249 at Felixstowe for trails
In 1939 Saro Lerwick L7251  at Felixstowe for trails
In 1939 Saro Lerwick L7252  at Felixstowe for trails
In 1941 Saro Lerwick L7250  at Felixstowe for trails
In 1942 Saro Lerwick L7250  at Felixstowe for trails
In 1941 Saro Lerwick L7259  at Felixstowe for trails
In 1942 Saro Lerwick L7267  at Felixstowe for trails

With the start of the Second World War the Establishment was moved to the more secure and safer location of Helensburgh in Scotland.

 HMS Beehive was the Costal Forces base at Felixstowe between 1940 and 1945. The 8th MGB Flotilla came back to Felixstowe in September 1942, having left earlier in July for a short time at Dartmouth. 

In August 1945, the M.A.E.E returned to Felixstowe.

 RAF Felixstowe was the home to a number of distinguished units during its history. It also played an important role in the development of Air Sea Rescue in the RAF, with Whirlwind helicopters until May 1961.

Flying ceased at the M.A.E.E in 1953, and the station closed in 1962.

Here are some photographs Taken by Roy, of M.A.E.E  Felixstowe during his stay. 


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Hendon June 1933.

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