Kenley Remembers the Battle of Britain

at Kenley Airfield

Free self-guided remembrance walking trail. 10th July-31st October.

2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, when “The Few” took to the skies in defence of this island against the seemingly unstoppable might of the German Luftwaffe. We know of 44 personnel who lost their lives while serving at RAF Kenley between 10th July and 31st October, 1940. The majority were fighter pilots but 10 served in ground based roles.

Photographs of Kenley’s fallen will be displayed around the airfield perimeter track this summer to remember their sacrifice and the pivotal role played by all of Kenley’s service personnel during the summer of 1940.

The trail runs clockwise in date order, beginning at the Victor Beamish entrance and ending at the end of the safety fence by the 615 VGS hangar. However, as it is a circuit, you can enjoy the trail from any point around the airfield.

  • There is free roadside parking along Hayes Lane.
  • The perimeter track is level and accessible but surfaces may be uneven in places. 
  • There are no toilet facilities on the airfield.


An interactive map of the trail is available here.

We would like to thank the families of Kenley’s fallen, particularly Marcelle Williams, Daphne Clifton, Melissa Cromie, Steve Smith and Janet Carter.

Acknowledgments:
Tony Adams, Neil Quinn, Colin Lee, Andy Long, Carole Skinner, Neil Broughton.
Edward McManus of the Battle of Britain London Monument.
Dave Brocklehurst MBE and Kent Battle of Britain Museum.
Our Lady of Ransome Church, Eastbourne.
Kev Barnes and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Tom Dolezal and the Free Czechoslovak Air Force Associates.
 British Legion – Lostock Branch.
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