Report - RAF Kenley - Surrey - September 2016

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Jul 17, 2016
The former Royal Air Force Station Kenley, more commonly known as RAF Kenley (now known as Kenley Aerodrome) was a station of the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War and the RAF in the Second World War.
During the Second World WarRAF Kenley was one of the three main fighter stations (Kenley, Croydon and Biggin Hill) responsible for the air defence of London. During the Battle of Britain, these three RAF stations became prominent because of their role in defending against the German Luftwaffe. RAF Kenley suffered its worst damage in an attack on 18 August 1940. While 15 September is considered by many to be the climax of the Battle of Britain, 18 August is often cited as the costliest or hardest day — the British lost 68 aircraft and the Germans lost 69. At Kenley, all ten hangars and twelve aircraft, including ten Hurricanes, were destroyed and the runways badly cratered. The Sector Operations Room had to be moved to an emergency location away from the airfield.

The Explore:
Visited with @Minor , @Dora Grew Up and non member, we arrived at this site early in the day and walking across the airfield was very refreshing, the morning mist hovering above the field, the sun rising on the horizon, it was almost picture perfect. access onto the grounds was easy enough but then when i looked under a slightly raised shutter i triggered a PIR and an alarm went off, not letting that stop us we found a way inside the building and began our explore, funny as that must have been the only working PIR in the whole building, we were there a good couple of hours and no one came so i guess they thought a pigeon set it off and didn't bother coming to spoil our fun.

on to the pics

The morning mist










Minor having a mooch on the roof



thanks for looking


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