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June 2020

Welcome to the Kenley Revival Project Newsletter.

As the Coronavirus lockdown eases...

Kenley Common has remained as busy as ever this Spring, with people making good use of the perimeter track during their daily exercise. Please continue to follow government guidelines on social distancing when using the Common.

During May, the events planned for the 75th anniversary of V.E. Day seemed to scatter into hundreds of small, socially-distanced street parties, see pictures above. Local veteran, Ken Raffield even got a round of applause when he went out to observe the two minute silence and piper, Bob Ash, played for the fallen in Airmen's Corner, at St.Luke's churchyard, Whyteleafe. However, a shadow was cast when we learnt that Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark, one of '"The Few", had passed away aged 101, the night before.  

It was a beautiful day on the 19th May, when Surrey Hills Gliding Club took to the skies again, a landmark on our slowly evolving journey back to “normal” at Kenley Airfield and Kenley Common.

Photos: Portcullis Club, Doug Bolt, Julie Blackburn, Andy Parr and Marcelle Williams

Canadians at Kenley

We are indebted to the family of Wing Commander Hugh Constant Godefroy DSO,  DFC  &  Bar, Croix de Guerre with Gold Star, for allowing us to add this wonderful signed photo of No.401 Squadron RCAF, taken at RAF Kenley, to our website. 

You can learn more about Hugh Godefroy and No.401 squadron here.

Artefact Of The Month

Flying Spitfires and Hurricanes was a young man's game but this photo sent in by Kevin O'Brien, of his Grandfather, George Francis O'Brien, shows that it wasn't just young men who served at Kenley in 1940.

You can read more about George Francis O'Brien 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

Flying Officer Albert "Dickie" Ball of No.3 Squadron

This month Dave Brocklehurst MBE, Chairman and historian at The Kent Battle of Britain Museum has contributed an article to our website about Flying Officer Albert Ball of No.3 Squadron Kenley, and the efforts to recover artefacts from Hurricane Mk.I N2333, which "Dickie" baled out of on 10th May, 1940. 

You can read the article here.
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