Has Operated from 1948 to Present

Country of Origin – Germany

Founder/Director – Werner Battenfeld

While a good number of airlines would pass through Southend during its halcyon years, the airport was also frequented by a number of companies which saw aircraft ownership as a more effective and efficient way of doing business within the countries nearest to them. One such concern was the German injection moulding company Battenfeld which opened a plant in the UK in 1959. Indeed, it wasn’t long after this that SEN saw its aircraft streaming through the airport on a regular basis, mostly to clear customs although stop overs would also be made primarily to visit Ford. Battenfeld would also bring a couple of unusual types to the airport in the form of an extremely rare Morane-Saulnier MS-760 and the less rare, but equally curious Dornier Do 27. Flights began around the middle of 1960 and would continue for at lease another 5 years with as many as 81 visits being made during 1962. The last recorded visit to SEN was on July 7th 1965, when G-INGA made one final trip to the airport from Cologne via Amsterdam.

Many thanks to Jim Brazier helping with information for this page.


Battenfeld fleet from 1960 to 1965

Piper PA-23 Apache/Aztec

D-GARY – ?/?? to 5/68

DBR in Germany 11/5/68


Beech 50 Bonanza


Beech 55 Baron




Beech 60 Marquis

D-ILCA – ?/?? to 6/76

DBR in Germany 3/6/76

Beech 80 Queen Air


Beech 90 King Air

D-IBMA – 12/67 to 11/71

Sold to Nayak Aviation Corp as N111ER

Dornier Do 27


Morane-Saulnier MS-760



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