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Offline conan

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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #61 on: September 03, 2018, 19:53:26 »
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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #60 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.

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.


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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #59 on: October 04, 2016, 22:43:09 »
No. 350 (Belgian) Squadron RAF.

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) 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) 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) Belgian ground crew refuelling Supermarine Spitfire Mark XIVE, RM764 'MN-M', of No. 350 (Belgian) Squadron RAF at Lympne, Kent.

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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #58 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.

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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #57 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?
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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #56 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.
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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #55 on: July 03, 2014, 20:27:15 »
The one of a LAC (Leading Aircraft Man)  Pilot is interesting

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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #54 on: July 01, 2014, 21:09:24 »
More pictures of personnel at Port Lympne House. HTN

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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #53 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.
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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #52 on: June 29, 2014, 11:44:54 »
Thanks from me too HTN, gives new meaning to Fiddler On The Roof  :)
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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #51 on: June 29, 2014, 11:21:57 »
Thanks for these pictures HTN, they are a great insight into leisure time.  :)
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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #50 on: June 28, 2014, 15:45:13 »
Great stuff, HTN, many thanks for sharing.

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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #49 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

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Re: RAF Lympne
« Reply #48 on: June 26, 2014, 22:23:18 »
Keep them coming, HTN.

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Re: RAF Lympne more pictures
« Reply #47 on: June 26, 2014, 19:41:58 »
Here are some more  pictures from the airfield. HTN

 

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