Newhaven’s First World War Seaplane Station by Jenny Flood
Wednesday 25th September 2019
During the First World War, Newhaven was a major supply port to the Western Front. When Germany declared unrestricted submarine warfare at the beginning of 1917, it was important that the Government Transports, carrying munitions and stores to France, were protected. So for two years, from May 1917, a seaplane station operated from Newhaven.
Jenny will look at what life was like for the young pilots and observers working at the station, the work they did and how they spent their free time. In these relatively early days of flight, launching and landing a seaplane was dangerous, and in seaplanes loaded with bombs, accidents could prove fatal. Jenny’s talk will be illustrated with a selection of unique and interesting photographs of the seaplane station and the people who worked there.
Featured photograph courtesy of Newhaven Museum
Doors open at 7pm, talk begins at 7.15pm.
Tickets £6 to include refreshments