At 2.31am, on 27th August, 1940, a burning, crewless Heinkel He111 hit the ground, ploughed it's way across Queen's Park, Caterham, and into the rear garden of 21 Manor Rd, where it exploded, partially destroying the bungalow.
Contractors are busy installing the new heritage signs at Kenley airfield, just in time for the 80th anniversary of 'The Hardest Day' of the Battle of Britain.
Why was this strange photo of a tipped-up bi-plane considered important enough to be printed in the Daily Mail, one of the most successful papers of the day?
Here are a few of the events which took place in the run-up to V.E. Day in 1945.
Sunday 1st September, 1940, saw 11 Hurricanes from 85 Squadron, based at RAF Croydon, sent out to intercept a raid heading approaching Tunbridge Wells and heading towards Kenley....
On the 80th anniversary of RAF Kenley's 'Hardest Day,' here is a poetic tribute to 'The Few,' from Freddy Jones, who served at Kenley post-war.
These are the memories of Corporal Frederick Victor Bashford who served with No.615 (County of Surrey) Squadron, through the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, from notes taken during a telephone call on 24th July 2020.
Frances Cherry was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and in 1994 she conducted an interview with Colin ...
From the very outbreak of World War II all of the military services were eager to enlist women so that ...
We are grateful to Jan Murphy for these photos of her Grandfather, Wallace Royle Juden Lidbetter, and documents associated with his service during the Second World War.
We are now recruiting for volunteers to help run our Sky Heroes event on the 10 September. The day is open to the public from 12-5pm so we are looking for volunteers that can help between 11-6pm. Please get in touch if you can help for the day or even a few hours with the role below which suits you.
The wonderful war diary of Joan Snell which covers her wartime exploits, from serving in Signals at Kenley during the Battle of Britain right through to her struggle to gain a commission and training in Codes and Cyphers.
It is tempting to think that we have nothing more to learn about 'The Hardest Day,' but somehow, one of Kenley's heroes has been overlooked, a Warrant Officer who was honoured for bomb disposal work which was pivotal in keeping Kenley operational during this vital stage of the Battle of Britain.
Here's a map of the day with what's going on - keep checking back for updates!
On 31st October, 1941, Nos. 485 and 602 squadrons took off from Kenley at 3.40pm, under the command of their Wing Leader, Edgar Norman Ryder DFC and Bar for Circus 109.
On 1st May, 1943, 403 Squadron's diarist noted the arrival at Kenley of one of the RCAF's great personalities..soon to become one of their most inspiring Wing Leaders.
The photos above come from Jan Jokiel’s book “Participation of Poles in the Battle of Britain: a photo album with ...
Why would RAF Kenley become involved with carrier-deck landings? Answer: By 1942 the Admiralty were concerned over the ability of the ...