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RAF Kenley: 450 Squadron’s Heritage. The Beginning. 1917 – No. 7 Aircraft Acceptance Park Over 300 Sopwith Camels tested here Seven 2-Bay Belfast Truss Hangars Just like those at Hendon The Usual Domestic Accommodation Operational Fighter Station from 1918

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The beginning
The Beginning

  • 1917 – No. 7 Aircraft Acceptance Park

    • Over 300 Sopwith Camels tested here

  • Seven 2-Bay Belfast Truss Hangars

    • Just like those at Hendon

  • The Usual Domestic Accommodation

  • Operational Fighter Station from 1918

    • Defence against the Zeppelin Threat


The 1930s
The 1930s

  • Kenley Rebuilt 1931-33

    • Officers’ Mess built; 3 Hangars Demolished

    • 35,000 gallons of fuel; 1.25 million rounds of ammo

  • Home to the Empire Air Days in 1937


The battle of britain
The Battle of Britain

  • Kenley’s Most famous Period

  • 11 Group Sector Station

    • In Command of Croydon, Redhill & Shoreham

  • 18 August 1940 – The Hardest Day

    • Attacked by 60 Dornier 17s

    • Three More Hangars Destroyed

      • Just one left

    • 4 x Hurricanes and 1 x Blenheim

    • 9 People Killed


Kenley in the 1950s
Kenley in the 1950s

1932 Officers’ Mess

2011 – HQ 450 Sqn

Last 1917 Hangar


So what happened to the last hangar
So – what happened to the last Hangar?

  • In October 1978, a room to one side of the hangar that was being used to store waste paper for recycling caught fire

  • Ask Mr Brighton…

    1975 1978



So what s left1
So – What’s Left?

  • The 1932 Officer’s Mess – Grade II Listed


So what s left2
So – What’s Left?

  • And – of course – “The most complete fighter airfield associated with the Battle of Britain to have survived”

    English Heritage 2000


60 th anniversary of the battle of britain
60th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

  • 19th August 2000: The Kenley Tribute unveiled by Commander-in-Chief RAF Strike Command

  • BBMF Flypast

  • Cadet Guard of Honour

    • Commanded by Flt Lt Alexander!