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LYMPNE AIRFIELD

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  RAF LYMPNE, HMS DAEDALUS II, HMS BUZZARD
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A former military airfield used in both World Wars. It was opened in 1916 and in World War Two served as an operational satellite fighter station for 11 Group RAF Fighter Command. During the Battle of Britain the airfield was under such a high risk of attack that no squadron was permanently based there but used the airfield on a day to day basis for operations, then returning to safer airfields when not required. The World War Two airfield comprised grass landing surfaces of about 1400 by 1000 yards with Blister aircraft hangars and temporary accommodation for personnel. The military airfield was closed in 1945 but has been used post-war for private flying. Post war it has also been known as Ashford Airport. This site is not to be confused with the former RAF station of Ashford (please see TQ 94 SE 38).

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