Gravesend Airport Heritage Project

Gravesend Airport Heritage Project is a group set-up to research, explore and commemorate the wartime RAF station at Gravesend in Kent and its former existence as London East Airport. The Project owes its existence to a Facebook Group founded in November 2013, which showed that there was an active group of people interested in exploring and keeping-alive the Airport’s history and also, that there was generally a lack of knowledge elsewhere, of the role that this site played in the early years of aviation and during World War II

This website is not intended to be a replacement for the Facebook Group; which we still intend to continue as the main ‘discussion’ area of the Project. This website is intended to be a repository for images and other media relating to the Airport; that is searchable and accessible in a way that is not possible within the Facebook format.


This website contains a wealth of knowledge about Gravesend Airport and its history – with much more still to be uploaded and published. A good deal of this has only recently been rediscovered and brought together in one place. Various individuals and organisations have kindly allowed us to reproduce their material here – and we are always happy to acknowledge any sources where we may not already have done so.

However, the foundation for all of this has always been the earlier work of the Gravesend Airport Research Group, consisting of Ray Munday, the late Philip Connolly and the late Ron Neudegg. Together they produced the book “Gravesend Airport in Photographs”; which for a long time was the go-to source for images off the airport.