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DETLING AIRFIELD

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  RAF DETLING
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A military airfield, first used from 1918-1919 as a joint Royal Navy Air Service and Royal Air Force base. It became an operational Fighter base for the Royal Air Force in 1938. In World War Two its main role was during the Battle of Britain when it was used as a satellite airfield by the heavily committed aircraft of 11 Group of Fighter Command, Biggin Hill sector. Units would use the airfield on an ad hoc basis depending on the daily needs of the battle, returning to their parent airfields at night. The airfield had grass landing surfaces and a number of Blister, Bellman and Bessonneau hangars, of which one Bellman was said to be extant in 2000. In 1945 the base was also used by the RAF Regiment, and post war from 1955 it was also used by the army. The base closed between 1956 and 1959. Part of the site was used as the Kent county show ground (Kent county agricultural society ). The main runway has been built on but the operations block and a Pickett Hamilton fort type Pillbox were reported as still extant in 2000, whilst other defensive installations at the site were reported to be extant between the late 1990s and 2001 (see TQ 85 NW 121 and TQ 85 NW 122).

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