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Somerton Airfield

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Somerton, Cowes, Isle of Wight

One of four airports on the Isle of Wight in the 1930s - the others were Ryde, Sandown and Bembridge.

Ryde was the busiest airport - from 1932 offered "Sunshine Air Express" services.

Bembridge was the Island base for Channel Air Ferries Limited, which offered services to the Channel Islands and Le Bourget, France.

Sandown Airport was smaller than the others, but was used by various air services.

By the end of the 1930s, Somerton was used as a private airfield, with its services moved to Ryde.

Post-WWII Two of the airports were re-opened, at Sandown and Bembridge.

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