Royal Canadian Air Force Centenary Tree Dedication

at Hayes Lane entrance to Kenley Common adjacent to the RAF Kenley Tribute.

At 1pm on 31st March, 2024, Revd. Annie Kurk, of St. Luke’s Church, Whyteleafe, will lead us in a short service and tree dedication ceremony to mark the centenary of the formation of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The Red Maple tree will be situated near the Hayes Lane entrance to Kenley Common on land owned by City of London Corporation which was formerly part of the airfield.

Free roadside parking is available on Hayes Lane adjacent to the RAF Kenley Tribute entrance to Kenley Common.

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RAF Kenley was home to 8 RCAF Fighter Squadrons during WW2 and Canadians make up roughly one third of the Kenley pilots who lost their lives in that epic struggle to preserve our freedom.

The RCAF memorial maple tree has been kindly donated by the family of Wing Commander Hugh C. Godefroy  DSO, DFC & Bar, Croix de Guerre with Gold Star, who was Kenley’s Wing Leader during the second half of 1943. 

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