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July 2020

Welcome to the Kenley Revival Project Newsletter.

Kenley Remembers the Battle of Britain..

This Summer it will be eighty years since Britain faced imminent invasion and Fighter Command battled with the Luftwaffe for control of our skies.

To mark this anniversary, Kenley's Battle of Britain fallen will each have an information board dedicated to their memory, which will be displayed around the perimeter track on the airfield. The boards will be put up on 10th July - the anniversary of the official beginning of the Battle. 

The majority of them were, as you would expect, fighter pilots, but there are ten who served in ground based roles, one of whom was a WAAF. The trail will begin at the Victor Beamish Avenue entrance with Kenley's first Battle of Britain casualty, Pilot Officer Mudie (shot down 14th July, 1940) and run in date order, clockwise around the perimeter track finishing at the other end of the safety fence near the 615 VGS hangar. 

More information here.

Photo: A pilot of No.64 Squadron runs for his Spitfire. © IWM HU 54420

Sprucing up the 'Rifle Range'

On 23rd June, the graffiti at the 'rifle range' was removed by a specialist company. Agreeing a suitable method for cleaning the structure has been challenging because of its heritage status, but hopefully the anti-graffiti coating which has been applied to both sides of the wall will make dealing with any further vandalism much easier.

Artefact Of The Month

Dilip Sarkar MBE has contributed this photograph and a memorial entry for Flight Lieutenant Robert Harold Strang, whose life he researched for his book, "The Invisible Thread - A Spitfire's Tale."

You can read more about Flight Lieutenant Strang, one of Kenley's Kiwi pilots,  here.


Do you have anything relating to RAF Kenley you can share?

We have an amazing online archive where you can upload memories, photographs, documents or links to other online sources which relate to RAF Kenley's history. We rely on the community to help us build what could be the most extensive resource of all things relating to RAF Kenley's past.  Get in touch with us via our website, Twitter and Facebook.

Article of the Month

'Lawrence of Arabia' and the Forgotten Record Breakers

Sometimes the history of Kenley transports us to exotic climes! This month's article takes us to Cairo in a giant Handley Page 0/400, flown by two determined Canadians on a secret mission. 

You can read their incredible story here.

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