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.
In the centenary year of the Royal Canadian Air Force, we will be remembering the Canadians who served at RAF Kenley with a self-guided memorial trail around the airfield.
At 5.28pm, on 13th May, 1987, Henry James "Harry" Lenard, an elderly and inexperienced pilot, was attempting an autotow launch in a Pirat glider...
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.
Henry was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on 28th September, 1887, and baptised at St. Thomas' Church, (now demolished), on 2nd October. He was the eldest of four children born to Edward Critchley, a builder and joiner, and his wife, Mary. Henry followed in his Father's footsteps and was already apprenticed as a carpenter and joiner by 1901, when he was 13 years old.
Michael spent the early year of WWI serving as a Private in the West Yorkshire Regiment, before transferring to the RAF on 3rd June, 1918
For the night of 18th October, 1940, the 615 Operations Book records the death of four airmen as a result of enemy action. They were stationed at RAF Northolt at the time but the Squadron had close connections with Kenley, being the local Auxiliary Squadron, with many personnel drawn from the local area.
Kenley's role as a sector station meant its controllers were involved in the events leading to a tragic accident at Friston, on 18th October, 1941.