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April 2020

Welcome to the Kenley Revival Project Newsletter.

Sample Heritage Signs Installed! 

Sadly, the Covid-19 outbreak has brought Kenley Revival's activities to a standstill, but every cloud has a silver lining! 

The good news is that two prototype signs for Kenley's new Heritage Trail were installed on the airfield near the Tribute on 17th March and Croydon Council's planning department have given their blessing for the remaining signs to go in. There will be a hiatus while the other signs are manufactured, but we are still hopeful that the new trail will be completed this year. 

Covid-19 Update

KENLEY AND COULSDON COMMONS are open as usual, so you can still enjoy a brisk walk or cycle ride at the airfield but please maintain social distancing in line with the current guidelines. Picnics and gatherings are not permitted at this time. 
Dog walkers are also asked to keep their dogs under close control at all times, preferably on a lead, and take their dog waste home with them.

The car parks at Farthing Downs and Riddlesdown have been closed until further notice. 

All VOLUNTEERING activities for West Wickham and Coulsdon Commons have been suspended for the time being. 

SURREY HILLS GLIDING CLUB have suspended flying until further notice. They will contact those who have flights booked in the next few weeks. The expiry dates on vouchers will be extended. More info here.

PORTCULLIS CLUB is closed until further notice and the Autojumble on 19th April is cancelled. 

KENLEY AIRFIELD FRIENDS GROUP have postponed their trip to the Battle of Britain Bunker on 17th April. It will be re-scheduled as soon as possible. 

THE ROYAL AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION are able to provide support, friendship and practical assistance to veterans.  

You can contact them at  

If you'd like to speak to someone from RAFA please include a contact number in your email. 

Finally, for those of you in lockdown with social media, Neil Quinn runs the "Kenley Airfield" group on facebook, which covers all the latest news as well as the history of the airfield. More information here.

Artefact Of The Month

This month we have received some wonderful photographs, including the one above, of Sgt. Houghton, RCAF.  It was sent in by Stephen J. Thorne, and was taken by his Father, F/Lt. Edward "Doc" Thorne. 
You can see the full photo here.

Allan Melmore has also allowed us to add the photos he took of Kenley airfield when he was a Flight Staff Cadet with 615VGS in the 1970's. I'm sure they will bring back some memories for some of you. 
You can see his photos 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

A Flying Fortress at Kenley? "Thumper Again" and the Schweinfurt raid

One of the new contributions to our website tells the story of an American bomber crew desperately seeking a place to land their damaged B-17.
You can read it here.
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