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February 2020

Welcome to the Kenley Revival Project Newsletter.

Paul Farnes DFM, AE
(16th July, 1918 - 28th January, 2020)

We are saddened to learn that RAF Kenley's last fighter ace from the Battle of Britain, Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM, AE, died peacefully at his home in Hampshire on Tuesday 28th January, at the age of 101. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. Rest in peace Sir and thank you for your service. 

Paul Farnes recorded an oral history interview for Kenley Revival Project which is available here.

Many thanks to The Kent Battle of Britain Museum for their permission to use this photo which shows Paul Farnes, seated in a chair on the left,  with other members of 501 Squadron at RAF Hawkinge on 15th August, 1940. 

Over 100 Visitors to Our Archaeology Mini Museum!

It was lovely to see so many people at Merlewood Estate Office for our January event and wonderful to have the expertise of Historic England's Jane Siddell , David Sankey from Museum of London Archaeology and archaeologist Guy Taylor. With their help and suggestions from the public we even managed to find out the purpose of some of our mystery finds. 
We will have something a little different for our next event, when we will be recreating an RAF dispersal hut in our classroom at Merlewood and displaying other artefacts relating to our war in the air and life on the Home Front. Please follow the link in the "Events" section at the bottom of this email for further details. 

2020 will be the last year of the Kenley Revival Project, so if your school or group would like a workshop, a talk or a tour of the airfield, please get in touch now. It is the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, so there couldn't be a better time to connect with Kenley's military history.

Article of the Month:

Henri Farman Bends the Rules


On 8th February this year, it will be 101 years since this amazing aircraft landed at Kenley in an attempt to circumvent the rules prohibiting commercial air travel in the aftermath of the Great War.  

Click here to read the full article on our website.

Think you could write for our website? Take a look at our volunteering opportunities online.

Memories of 450 Squadron ATC

Ian Lund has sent us in some great photos and newspaper clippings from his time with 450 Squadron Air Training Corps in the 1950's and 1960's. 
It was during his time with the cadets that he realized that flying wasn't for him, so he joined the Royal Navy and became a submariner instead!

You can see Ian's photos and newspaper clippings here, here and 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.

Kenley Revival Half Term Mini Museum 

Saturday 22nd February, 11am-4pm. FREE

City of London Merlewood Estate Office
Ninehams Rd


Something for history enthusiasts of all ages at Kenley Revival's Half Term Mini Museum. We will be joined by re-enactorsfrom The Historical Display Team who will be recreating an RAF dispersal hut from World War II in our classroom at Merlewood Estate Office. Other RAF and wartime memorabilia will be on display and there will be an art activity to keep our younger visitors entertained. 

Free refreshments will be provided. 
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Entrance is FREE, and you are welcome to drop in throughout the day,  but it would help us if you registered here for a ticket, so we know how much cake we'll need!
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