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Offline Trikeman

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Re: Kent ALG's - Kingsnorth
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2017, 11:17:38 »
Taken on Monday, this is the clearest I have ever seen the taxi track field marks at Kingsnorth
Taken from south side - Ashford in the distance
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Re: Kent ALG's - Kingsnorth
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2016, 22:20:17 »
About two miles south-east of Ashford, Kingsnorth was selected in the spring of 1942 and was operational by 1 July 1943 when RAF Fighter Squadrons Nos 65, 122, and 602 moved in. Equipped with Spitfire Mk Vbs the squadrons, after working up, undertook bomber escort and Rodeo fighter sweeps over northern France. In mid August No. 602 Squadron was replaced by No. 19 Squadron with Spitfire Mk IXs. At the same time the other squadrons at Kingsnorth were re-equipped with the same mark of Spitfire. For a short while in August the Hurricane Mk IVs of No. 184 Squadron were also based at the airfield.
No. 19 Squadron moved out in September 1943 with squadrons 65 and 122 following in October.

Various improvements were made over the winter and spring of 1943-44. The airfield was then allocated to the USAAF, becoming USAAF Station AAF-418. The 36th Fighter Group, consisting of the 22nd, 23rd, and 53rd Fighter Squadrons equipped with the P-47 Thunderbolt, moved in in early April.
The first operations started in early May, consisting of bomber escort, fighter sweeps and armed reconnaissance. On D-Day and after the fighter group patrolled the beach-head and flew close-support missions. In the first week of July the 53rd FS moved to an ALG in France, the other two squadrons joining it in early August.

As much as possible of the Pierced Steel Planking was removed for reuse on the continent. Disposal Authority was issued in September 1944 and by early 1945 the land had been returned to its former owners.

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Aerial photograph of Kingsnorth airfield looking west, there is a T2 hanger to the right of the runway intersection, 11 May 1944. Photograph taken by 34th Photographic Squadron, 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, sortie number US/34GR/LOC14. English Heritage (USAAF Photography).
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Re: Kent ALG's - Kingsnorth
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2010, 22:18:03 »
There's more information opn Kent ALGsvin this link: http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=6190.0
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Re: Kent ALG's - Kingsnorth
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2010, 20:56:59 »
The runway at High Halden was bulldozed into a corner of the field, and five years ago was still looking like a hill that had been there for ever. This runway was steel mesh, the mud came up between the mesh and after a few weeks, so did the grass. So the original idea to remove the runway for reuse in France was a bit of a non event. Most of the Kent ALGs hung on to there runways till after the war.

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Re: Kent ALG's - Kingsnorth
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2009, 08:53:58 »
Interesting that PSP probably stands for that - all the memoirs I've read call it Perforated Steel Plate. Wonder which of the two (if either!) is correct?
In my sapper days PSP was Pierced steel planking

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Re: Kent ALG's - Kingsnorth
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2009, 23:48:52 »
I think you'll find that's the other Kingsnorth on Grain - how many times has that mistake been made!
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Re: Kent ALG's - Kingsnorth
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2009, 23:04:16 »
Gen Patton at Kingsnorth ALG immediately prior to D Day

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Re: Kent ALG's - Kingsnorth
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 12:45:05 »
Trikeman have you got any aerial shots of  RAF Ashford? Wonder if any marks are visible on the ground. Apparently when the airfield was given back to the farming they couldn't pull the mesh that up that was layed down for the runway so they ended up bulldozing it into piles at the edge of the fields which are still visible today

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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2009, 00:47:13 »
There's not much to see at most advanced landing ground sites - they weren't in-situ for very long and generally had temporary PSP [pierced steel plank] runways. Sometimes there were concrete taxiways and hard-standings and these have left more of a mark on the land. In the case of Kingsnorth [Nr Ashford -not the Airship station on Grain!], there is still some surviving concrete and the shadows of former taxi-ways are quite visible at certain times of the year. You'd never know there'd been a base if you were looking on the ground
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