ABCT Gravesend Memorial

We were very pleased indeed to assist the  Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust with the arrangements for the unveiling and dedication ceremony for their 55th airfield memorial at Gravesend, today.The Service of dedication was led by the Reverend Nigel Bourne,...
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RAF Gravesend WWII Losses

We have started a new project to record and commemorate the Allied aircrew who lost their lives on active operations while stationed at RAF Gravesend.This is going to be an ongoing project; but hopefully will eventually form the first full record of these losses and...
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P/O Pawel Zenker

This is an edited repost of an item published previously; now marking the 75th anniversary of the loss of Pilot Officer Pawel Zenker of 501 Squadron (then based at Gravesend) who went Missing in Action on 24 August 1940Pawel Zenker...
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Thank you BHHH – RAF Gravesend remembered…

Despite concerns it might not be able to do so; The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar's "Hardest Day" commemorative sortie passes over part of the former site of RAF Gravesend, in 'Missing Man' formation. 18 August 2015; remembering 18 August 1940.Further photos and details...
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Once a “golden age” dream of an airport to serve London – Gravesend Airport was also at the cutting-edge of aircraft design and development. The likes of Amy Johnson, Jean Batten, Alex Henshaw and many other famous aviators of the time were frequent visitors. Racing ‘planes were built and prepared at Gravesend and world record flights started and ended on the airfield’s grass runways; overlooked by the art-deco style, landmark control tower.

During the wartime period, RAF Gravesend was home to more than 40 fighter and fighter-bomber squadrons. Initially a satellite station of RAF Biggin Hill, but later an airbase in its own right, it played an important role in the defence of the UK and later in the advance into Europe. In excess of 100 aircrew were lost on operations from the base – but until recently, little mention was made of RAF Gravesend in the history books.

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Gravesend Airport Heritage Project

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Rediscovering Gravesend's Lost Aeronautical Heritage