Aviation => Landing Grounds => Topic started by: Islesy on December 15, 2008, 11:24:41

Title: RAF Lympne
Post by: Islesy on December 15, 2008, 11:24:41
A last minute change of plan led to my son & I going to Lympne on Sunday afternoon, I'd heard of a small underground bunker used for emergency control which we decided to look for. We had a wander through the Air Raid Shelters and Admin Buildings at the end of Otterpool Road, and then set off across the fields (and a sea of mud!) in search of the bunker.

The bunker is right in the middle of a field
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/3108886776_d413f32e63.jpg)

Entrance is down a set of steps and leads to a 3 room bunker
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/3108048999_20e7dd56f8.jpg)

I think some WD40 is cal
led for!
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3133/3108042109_d3c037c173.jpg)

Some sort of tool cabinet?
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3007/3108869494_73ab0509c2.jpg)

Two of the rooms had small post holes in the floor and fittings on the wall that suggest there were plotting tables here
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3033/3108032285_4079724781.jpg)

Up another small run of steps to the (narrow) escape hatch and the observation bunker
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3034/3108024671_c2b7ccd5ae.jpg)
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3162/3108021165_6f7edaf1b0.jpg)

An interesting explore, there were remnants of wiring in the back room coming in from across the field. Would be interested in any more information anyone has. Very little remains of the airfield outbuildings now other than those at the end of Otterpool Road, but what does surprise me is the lack of pillboxes or other hard standing defence points.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Philio81 on December 15, 2008, 12:42:51
Im currently trying to find out info and old pics of the aerodrome will post on here when i get anything. A friend of mine used to work at newsteel which is built on the old airfield and he told me the blasting shed is haunted. At night you could hear banging and other strange noises!!! does anyone know if western hanger is named because of one of the old hangers? (i know it sounds a stupid question but thought i would ask anyway  ;D)_
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Islesy on December 17, 2008, 09:19:22
Have found reference to another similar bunker at RAF Pembury in Wales http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RAF_Observation_Post_Bunker.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RAF_Observation_Post_Bunker.jpg)
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: unfairytale on December 20, 2008, 21:30:45
(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn151/unfairytale208/stoftyphoon3.jpg)
A Typhoon Mk Ib from No 1 Squadron at Lympne, in July 1943.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Islesy on January 07, 2009, 11:40:36
Another great aerial view of the airfield I came across.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3434/3175971199_e5a32f4214_o.jpg)

Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Philio81 on January 08, 2009, 16:46:17
Some really good pics :) where do you guys find them!! am trying to work out where the hangers where. Are they now under the industrial park?
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Riding With The Angels on January 08, 2009, 19:02:32
I would suggest that its this view - facing west Otterpool Lane running N/S across the top of the pic with the house to the left by the trees

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f6/RidingWithTheAngels/file%202/lympne.jpg)
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: colin haggart on January 08, 2009, 22:53:26
At the top of the picture are air raid shelters.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Riding With The Angels on January 08, 2009, 22:59:45
Its difficult to tell the age of the photograph but it looks like the shelters have been censored out.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: colin haggart on January 08, 2009, 23:04:10
Its difficult to tell the age of the photograph but it looks like the shelters have been censored out.

I do not think they were censored out.

They look like that, the middle is damaged.

Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Philio81 on January 09, 2009, 10:18:02
Does anyone know where i can get or have the map showing what each building was used for? I got one of hawkinge. 
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Philio81 on January 09, 2009, 16:34:16
This photo was taken after the war the bases for the hangers are still visable (http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn70/philio1981/Lympneafterwar.jpg)
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Philio81 on January 09, 2009, 16:38:44
Heres a photo from august 1940 showing the damage from bombing(http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn70/philio1981/Lympnebombdamage.jpg)
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Philio81 on January 09, 2009, 16:43:00
Defiant night fighters practicing low level flying at Lympne. Love this photo  ;D(http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn70/philio1981/LYMPNE1.jpg)
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Riding With The Angels on January 09, 2009, 16:59:13
Its difficult to tell the age of the photograph but it looks like the shelters have been censored out.

I do not think they were censored out.

They look like that, the middle is damaged.




What I mean is they are not visible (to my eyes) on the b/w pic and may have been censored on that.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Trikeman on January 12, 2009, 18:37:06
As I currently fly from a farm strip within sight of the old Lympne Airfield, it gets quite a lot of attention from my camera! And it is being eroded all the time - engulfed by the ever-expanding industrial estate - next plan is a wind farm next door!
I believe two of the modern postwar hangars form part of the Industrial Estate, but they have been joined up and probably reclad. The compass swinging circle is still visible, the base and rear of the last blister hangar languish in the woods, along with another long building with no roof and full of rubbish. The postwar concrete runway has left a scar and across the road the accomodation huts, shelters etc remain - some have been refurbished. Also a small brick building with pumping equipment on the old petrol dump can be visited. There is also the Battle HQ covered elsewhere.
Interestingly, near the roadside shelters, animals [and humans too I suspect] have pushed up bits of old china and other debris. I found NAAFI and RAF china parts  dated 1942 -
Needs a digger really!
Trikeman likes old airfields!

(http://i722.photobucket.com/albums/ww221/trikeboy/Airfields/IMG_8812508.jpg)

(http://i722.photobucket.com/albums/ww221/trikeboy/Airfields/IMG_0539905.jpg)

(http://i722.photobucket.com/albums/ww221/trikeboy/Airfields/IMG_0043908.jpg)



Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Philio81 on January 13, 2009, 19:26:23
The commercial service from ashford to Beauvais ran from Lympne till October 1974 when it moved to lydd. This was the end of the line for lympne unfortunatly
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: colin haggart on January 13, 2009, 22:49:50
In the last photo above, the row in trees on the right is a gap, this is where I parked and went into the field to take the photos below.

In the trees on the left of the gap is a shelter, the only one I could see that is outside the fenced off area.

Pillbox.

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/RAFLympnePillBox.jpg)

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/RAFLympne-1.jpg)

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/RAFLympneAirraidsheltersIthink.jpg)

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/RAFLympneAirraidsheltersIthink001.jpg)

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/RAFLympneAirraidsheltersIthink002.jpg)



(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/RAFLympneAirraidsheltersIthink00-1.jpg)

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/RAFLympneAirraidsheltersIthink004.jpg)



Ran out of film taking this photo.

(http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk90/colinhaggart/RAFLympneoopsranoutoffilm.jpg)


Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Philio81 on January 16, 2009, 09:53:18
Got one for you. In late 1940 a plot was hatched for hitler to be kidnapped by Hans Baur his personal pilot and flown to England in a focke-wulf condor. The base chosen to land at was was Lympne!!!  ;D
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Trikeman on January 16, 2009, 13:23:24
Very intriguing - never heard that one before. I wonder why they chose Lympne?
Geoff
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Philio81 on January 16, 2009, 13:35:03
Just joined an aviation forum and posted about lympne. Here the link to the thread theres some more info about it on here http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?t=87489  :)
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Philio81 on January 19, 2009, 09:42:37
Heres a link to a website that shows the layout of the Battle HQ.    http://www.pillbox-study-group.org.uk/battleHQpage.htm
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Philio81 on February 24, 2009, 10:20:05
Here is a shot of the barracks in the aftermath of the German attacks in August 1940 which devastated the airbase
(http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn70/philio1981/lympne.jpg)
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Riding With The Angels on May 03, 2009, 21:50:17
Old Pics of Lympne -

The Aircraft Acceptance Park showing aircraft before being ferried to France 1917.
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h282/RidingWithTheAngels2/sub%20album%202/Old%20Pics/Top-60.jpg)

Prototype Sopwith Dolphin and Sopwith Camel N6336 transiting through Lympne June 1917.
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h282/RidingWithTheAngels2/sub%20album%202/Old%20Pics/Top-61.jpg)

Hawker Cygnet after winning the Light Aviation Trials 1926.
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h282/RidingWithTheAngels2/sub%20album%202/Old%20Pics/Top-4-1.jpg)

Selection of pictures from the Light Aviation Trials held 1923-6.
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h282/RidingWithTheAngels2/sub%20album%202/Old%20Pics/Top-11-1.jpg)

Lympnes Belfast Hangars built 1917 destroyed 1940.
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h282/RidingWithTheAngels2/sub%20album%202/Old%20Pics/Top-29-1.jpg)

Sunday 25 Aug 1935 International Rally
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h282/RidingWithTheAngels2/sub%20album%202/Old%20Pics/Top-49-1.jpg)

Lympne covered in snow March 1944 showing Typhoons of 137 sqn and Spitfires of 403 sqn.
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h282/RidingWithTheAngels2/sub%20album%202/Old%20Pics/Top-81.jpg)

1947 Lympne Air Race and Gp Capt "Cats Eyes" Cunningham takes off in DH Vampire F3 VF332 of 601 sqn. He came 5th with a speed of 494.63mph.
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h282/RidingWithTheAngels2/sub%20album%202/Old%20Pics/Top-90.jpg)

1948 Lympne Air Race Hawker Fury NX802 one of only two prototypes built and exported to the Pakistan Air Force in 1949. In the second photo Cunningham is seen on the left and Hawker test pilot Neville Duke is in the centre. In the third photograph Neville Duke climbs into the cockpit of NX802.
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h282/RidingWithTheAngels2/sub%20album%202/Old%20Pics/Top-91.jpg)
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h282/RidingWithTheAngels2/sub%20album%202/Old%20Pics/Top-92.jpg)
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h282/RidingWithTheAngels2/sub%20album%202/Old%20Pics/Top-93.jpg)

Bristol Freighter Mk21 in July 1946. It was the last Silver City airliner to leave in Sept 1954.
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h282/RidingWithTheAngels2/sub%20album%202/Old%20Pics/Top-96.jpg)
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: unfairytale on August 07, 2009, 17:43:41
Folowing the years of RAF occupation from the late Thirties, Lympne Airfield returned to a peaceful existance on 22nd May 1945, when Lympne Flying Control ceased to function and the last RAF unit of No.567 Squadron transfered to Hawkinge.

With memories of the halcyon days during the thirties and bombed hangars bearing testimony to the war years, Lympne staged the return of the Folkestone Trophy on 31st August and 1st September 1946.

The competitors would take of to the South West in strong winds, necessitating a sharp turn on the first leg towards Capel Airship Shed. A 300 degree turn to starboard would take them to the Folkestone harbour Light. Followed by eight miles of surf-hopping along the coast to the Hythe gasometer then a short climb to the fourth turn in the centre of the air field.


(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn151/unfairytale208/DSC03878.jpg)
Two contestants line-up for the High Speed Handicap. Vickers Seafang VG475 Farthest. Flown by Lieutenant-Commander M.J. Lithgow. Nearest stands a Hawker Fury NX802 Piloted by W. Humble. The eventual winner!


(Heavily edited from Bygone Kent volume 11 no.1)
      
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Riding With The Angels on August 11, 2009, 21:54:55
Excellent pic although the caption is about face. Your looking at the cowling of the Sea Fury with the Supermarine Seafang in the background. A rare outing as these never went into production for the armed services due to the war ending. The Seafang and the Spiteful (RAF version) were the very last related designs dating from the Spitfire.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: unfairytale on August 11, 2009, 22:50:31
Thanks for the correction RWTA.  :-[
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Riding With The Angels on August 13, 2009, 00:27:30
Sorry and your welcome in one answer - its a great pic. The Seafang is so rare a plane its great to see one came to Kent.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Sapper571 on January 04, 2010, 18:57:27
Skyways of London operating out of Lympne. Filmed in 1950. No sound.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=74482
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Robin on July 21, 2010, 14:12:40
I visited the Lympne airfield site yesterday as part of the tour of Kent Battle of Britain sites organised by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent.  We held a short wreath laying ceremony at the site of one of the underground shelters in the grounds of the Port Lympne Zoo, and I noticed that a number of derelict wartime buildings could be seen, unfortunately, the area is rather overgrown, and those of us who ventured close to the entrance to the shelter for a photo shoot had to trample the thistles down, however, this did not deter the Lady Councillor from getting in close.  If I may add, the zoo staff who were present were most helpfull and would very much like to do something with the site.

Robin  
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: mao10 on July 21, 2010, 15:13:28
Are the remaining buildings/shelters and Battle HQ along Otterpool Lane easily accessible without being arrested for trespassing or having to go to the zoo?

Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Robin on July 21, 2010, 17:01:43
Sorry, cannot really help you on this, if Otterpool Lane is the entrance road to the zoo, the site where we stopped was about 200 yds along on the left hand side, the staff had opened the gate in the fence so that we could get to the shelter.  The derelict buildings were about 100 yds into the field on the left, but seemed to be fenced off, the staff said that they could not be used because they were unsafe.  As we drove out along the road, on the left hand side there seemed to be a low brick structure about 100 yds from the roadside in the middle of the field, I think this field had crops in it.

Robin.   
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: medwayboy on July 21, 2010, 17:45:09
Some interesting stuff courtesy of the 601 squadron website....

http://601squadron.com/Brian_Thynne_1929-33.php (http://601squadron.com/Brian_Thynne_1929-33.php)
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: aeronco on January 18, 2011, 11:45:37
http://www.abpic.co.uk/search.php?q=G-AEFT&u=reg (http://www.abpic.co.uk/search.php?q=G-AEFT&u=reg)

Here's something that survives from Lympne, it was based there from 1936 until 1939 and is still going!
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: cliveh on January 31, 2011, 08:03:49
Article in today's Daily Express claims recently discovered documents detailing plans for Lympne being prepared to receive Adolf Hitler as a prisoner! Apparently a plot was hatched to recruit Hitler's personal pilot as a double agent and to persuade him to divert his luxury FW Condor across the channel and land it in Kent at Lympne airfield.

Arthur "Bomber" Harriis planned the operation, which was due to take place on 25th March 1941,  and ordered extra men and weaponry to be drafted into the airfield.

Unfortunately the pilot decided to stay loyal to his leader and the flight never arrived.

cliveh
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: keniff on November 10, 2011, 16:13:06
Three Bristol Type 170 Freighters plus a DC-3 at Lympne airport late 1950's early 1960's ??

(http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa448/keniff1/a0ed131f.jpg)

Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: seafordpete on November 10, 2011, 18:26:42
Did Silver City operate from Rochester & Lympne at the same time or was it one then the other? I can remember getting a car price in 1966 of 19 Rochester to Basle, think that was one way
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Riding With The Angels on November 21, 2011, 22:18:51
Hello there

I'm trying to locate an image of RAF Lympne during WWII or shortly after.

Thanks for your time

Shaun

I think you'll find if you look at the earlier pages on this thread Shaun you will find some.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: cliveh on April 02, 2013, 17:07:49
Some photos from a visit yesterday. Nice to see a raised Picket Hamilton Airfield Defence Fort there even if it did have a tree growing through the middle of it!  :)

cliveh
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: jaceva on July 07, 2013, 14:25:37
My father was stationed at No. 8 Aircraft Acceptance Park, Lympne, during WW1 and kept a photo album during his time there.  I attach two aerial shots of the airfield in the hope they will be of interest to members, although I'm afraid the quality is not that good.  Incidentally, the first two photos in reply no. 25 are also in his album.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Riding With The Angels on February 01, 2014, 14:45:37
New Battle Of Britiain Memorial Flight scheme for their Spit MkIX MK356 for D Day anniversary revealed as 5J-K ML217 of 126sqn from Lympne Aug 1944 flown by John Plagis.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=569357233119294&set=a.216992238355797.55827.216980461690308&type=1&theater (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=569357233119294&set=a.216992238355797.55827.216980461690308&type=1&theater)

http://www.fightercontrol.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&p=551224 (http://www.fightercontrol.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&p=551224)

The upper image is more recent with the accurate 'Sky' spinner as opposed to the red one in the below link following initial repaint and is a remnant of the previous silver scheme worn by this aircraft. The width of the recognition stripes is accurate for this aircraft.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: HTN on June 01, 2014, 20:24:24
Hi there, I`m new to this so not sure how to use it. May be someone could send me some tips how to send an e-mail that may be of interest without being directed at anyone person and attach pictures.

My info is related to RAF Lympne. My Father has recently passed away and I have found lots of pictures from his war time service both in the UK and then in Burma. He was posted at Lympne 1941- 42 and, while operational there, took pictures of other service men and women who he served with. The Port Lympne Mansion house, which is now a wildlife park, apparently served as part of the mess for the lucky few who stayed there. I remember him talking about it but never really knew where it was until I saw the pictures and searched on the internet. At the Mansion house I have pictures of pilots and other staff together with my father, also what they did on their days off, not sure how they had to play being in the hot spot so close to the coast line but the the pictures show they did.. so I have pictures but don't know how to attach them for others to see. Any help much appreciated. sender HTN
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Bryn Clinch on June 02, 2014, 11:07:59
Welcome to the Forum HTN! I think this will help.

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=13925.0

Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: HTN on June 25, 2014, 09:32:03
To those who may be interested Period from 1941-42. Location Lympne Air field and Port Lympne Mansion House. I have more but have problems sending, although have resized. If these go through I`ll send more. HTN
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: John38 on June 25, 2014, 13:16:15
Thanks HTN. Judging from the shiny flying-kit, and maximum exposure of the 'rings' these look like brand new pilot officers
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: John38 on June 25, 2014, 19:10:35
Just noticed that the top buttons on their tunics aren't undone, implying they aren't fighter pilots
Title: Re: RAF Lympne more pictures
Post by: HTN on June 26, 2014, 19:41:58
Here are some more  pictures from the airfield. HTN
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: John38 on June 26, 2014, 22:23:18
Keep them coming, HTN.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: HTN on June 28, 2014, 15:30:33
RAF Lympne & Port Lympne Mansion house. One of these pictures, with 4 x officers, at the Mansion house was on a paper cutting amongst the other pictures but with no further info. 
I visited the house in 2013 and was taken to these locations shown, I could even see the roof where several guys are playing on the picture, two of them, I know one being my father on "accordion". Maybe the Luftwaffe had a day off that day!!
The group, "note" the armoured vehicle back right of picture.
Regards HTN
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: John38 on June 28, 2014, 15:45:13
Great stuff, HTN, many thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: busyglen on June 29, 2014, 11:21:57
Thanks for these pictures HTN, they are a great insight into leisure time.  :)
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Lyn L on June 29, 2014, 11:44:54
Thanks from me too HTN, gives new meaning to Fiddler On The Roof  :)
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: HTN on June 30, 2014, 22:08:10
These pictures are from Port Lympne Mansion but maybe of interest as it played a part in our history.
HTN
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: HTN on July 01, 2014, 21:09:24
More pictures of personnel at Port Lympne House. HTN
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: John38 on July 03, 2014, 20:27:15
The one of a LAC (Leading Aircraft Man)  Pilot is interesting
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: Robin on July 03, 2014, 21:33:22
I don't think that he is a LAC, he seems to be wearing an Officers hat.

Robin.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: peterchall on July 03, 2014, 22:58:05
I don't think that he is a LAC, he seems to be wearing an Officers hat.

Robin.
And an officer's jacket, but what else other than an LAC's 'prop' could that be on his right arm?
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: ljphil78 on September 03, 2014, 17:35:34
Hi guys, during the mid 80's I lived and went to primary school in Aldington and used to travel past Lympne Airfield on a coach once a fortnight on the way to Hythe to go swimming. One memory I have from those regular coach trips is that of just being able to see an aircraft hanger from the main road, the reason the hanger sticks in my mind is because I`m sure it had a large logo, now as this was 20 odd years ago and I was only very young, memories can become distorted but I keep having visions of the US White star on Blue Roundel with the red centre. Has anyone got any photos or information about this hanger? Looking at google earth it appears to be located on the right hand side of the airfield, nearest the village.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on October 04, 2016, 22:43:09
No. 350 (Belgian) Squadron RAF. (http://www.350sqn.be/about.html)

Based at Lympne from 29 August 1944 to 2 December 1944 when the squadron moved to Belgium. From 9 August 1944 to the end of the war the squadron was flying the Spitfire Mk XIV.
During their time at Lympne the squadron flew ground attack and bomber escort missions.
One member was killed while at Lympne, Pilot Officer Mathieu J J F Morel, killed 11 November 1944 in landing accident. Buried Airmen's Field of Honour, Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium.

Photos Imperial War Museums.

IWM (CL 1353) (http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205127136) Spitfire F Mark XIV. RM619 AP-D, taxiing to the perimeter track at Lympne, Kent for an early morning patrol over Holland. Although still displaying the unit code letters of No. 130 Squadron RAF, RM619 had in fact been transferred to No. 350 (Belgian) Squadron RAF.

IWM (CL 1364) (http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205211671) Flying Officer J Wustefeld of No. 350 (Belgian) Squadron RAF surveys the airfield from the wing of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark XIV, lined up with other aircraft of the Squadron at Lympne, Kent.

IWM (CL 1360) (http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205211670) Belgian ground crew refuelling Supermarine Spitfire Mark XIVE, RM764 'MN-M', of No. 350 (Belgian) Squadron RAF at Lympne, Kent.
Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on October 11, 2016, 22:45:29
RFC/RAF Lympne 1916 to 1919.

The airfields site on the western side of Lympne village was chosen in March 1916 to replace the airfield of The Machine Gun School, Hythe, which was prone to waterlogging. By October 1916 the work was well under way, with Lympne Castle becoming the officers mess. The airfield was soon busy with the aircraft of The School of Aerial Gunnery, Hythe (ex Machine Gun School), In January 1917 this became No. 1 (Auxiliary) School of Air Gunnery, part of which operated from Lympne as the Advanced Air Firing School. This remained at Lympne until late February 1917.

In January 1917 Lympne was designated No. 8 Aircraft Acceptance Park, this being responsible for ferrying RFC aircraft to and from France. A spur from Westenhanger railway station allowed delivery of crated aircraft to Lympne for final assembly.

On the 25th May 1917 Lympne was bombed in the first Gotha raid of the war, three 50kg and nineteen 121/2kg bombs landing on and around the airfield, causing little damage and no casualties. The Gothas then flew on to Folkestone where they caused many deaths. Between the 25th May and 22nd August 1917, the time of the daylight Gotha raids, Lympne was required to fly as many anti-Gotha patrols as possible with whatever suitable aircraft they had at hand. They saw little success.

By January 1918 the airfield had been designated a 1st Class Landing Ground with No. 50 (Home Defense) Squadron using it as an emergency landing ground.
In February and March 1919 the cadres of Nos 108 and 102 Squadrons arrived at Lympne from France. Both were disbanded in early July. On the 16th July 1919 No. 120 Squadron moved to Lympne from Hawkinge. Equipped with Airco DH9s they continued the cross-Channel British Forces air mail service they had begun at Hawkinge until late August. The squadron was disbanded 21st October 1919.
With the airfields of Hawkinge and Lympne close to each other, the Air Ministry chose to turn Lympne over to civilian use in August 1919.

Photos from Australian War Memorial. (http://www.awm.gov.au/search/all/?query=lympne&op=Search&format=list&rows=20&section%5B%5D=collections)

A. Lympne, September 1917. Royal Aircraft Factory RE7s with towed gunnery targets.

B. March 1918. Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin C3864 of No. 79 Squadron.

C. December 1917. RAF RE7, serial No. 2415.

D. Pilots of No. 69 Squadron standing next to their RAF RE8 aircraft. The squadron arrived at Lympne on the 24th August 1917 and departed for France on the 9th September. In January 1918 the squadron became No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps.

E. March 1918. Group portrait of A  Flight pilots of an unidentified RFC squadron. Left to right: second row: Barrett, Finlay, Lamb, Dormer, Callender, W C Sidaway (Australian), Thompson, Bismore; front row: Taylor.

Title: Re: RAF Lympne
Post by: conan on September 03, 2018, 19:53:26
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