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Conservation works progress – A story in concrete…

If you haven’t been to Kenley Common recently you may be surprised by the amount of progress that has been made to the conservation of the Zone 2 side of RAF Kenley. Zone 2 includes the three pens nearest to the fuel dump of the North East side by Whyteleafe Bank. These pens also include our highlight blast pen where the original spinewall is still intact allowing us to recreate this structure in the RAF Kenley tribute blast pen once the tribute has been relocated forward. These concrete structures have not been exposed since they were built by April 1940…

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Ann Welch – Aviatrix Extraordinaire

Ann Welch piloting her glider (Christian Gad) To date, most of our stories about Kenley have featured men. To mark International Women’s Day 2017 on 8 March it’s time to record the amazing life of one of Britain’s foundation glider pilots who had a Kenley connection. Ann Welch (1917-2002) was a world class glider pilot and an aviator who flew more than 100 aircraft types, from gliders to Wellington bombers. She was keen on aviation from a young age: her parents’ home in Bickley, Kent was under an approach route to Croydon, the main London airport during the inter-war years.…

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18 August 1940 – A German Perspective

Personal account of the raid on Kenley by Ralf von Pebal, a Luftwaffe photographer with the 9 Staffel/KG76 Photograph taken by the author of Kenley’s northern peritrack and a revetment during the raid On the early morning of 18 August 1940 we drove to the airfield in preparation for a low-level mission against England. Gradually our friends and comrades arrived. There is great tension. After a departure delay of one hour we took off. Oddly, each of us has the uncertain feeling that today not everything will go smoothly. At 13:20 we took off, all nine aircraft of the 9th…

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