RAF Kenley's Original Operations Block

RAF Kenley Operations Block.
RAF Kenley by Peter Flint
The Operations Block in 1975
Anthony Yeoell
Kenley's Original Operations block during demolition, 1980.
Courtesy of Robin Grainger
The former Operations Block (ringed) to the north of the Officers' Mess in 1958.
Keith Chandler

Unbelievably, during the Summer of 1940, the nerve centre of RAF Kenley’s Command and Control was located in an ordinary single-storey building that was only protected by an earth bank – the standard pre-war RAF Operations block!

The Op’s room was moved to a butcher’s shop in Caterham after the devastating raid of 18/8/1940, when the phone lines to the one on the airfield were severed. By the end of the year, The Grange, in Old Coulsdon, had been converted to provide a more suitable off-site Op’s room for Kenley.

The original Op’s block on the airfield was finally demolished in 1980, forty years after the Luftwaffe’s unsuccessful attempts to destroy it.

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