This is the story of Detling airfield, from its earliest days through its role in
the Second World War – when several dramatic and tragic events
occurred – and finally to more peaceful times, when the airfield became a
popular base for recreational gliding.
Kent’s North Downs were selected for an airfield as early as 1915 by the
Directorate of Works, and levelling the chosen fields was still in progress
when the first aircraft arrived in June that year. At first, Detling was home
to the Royal Naval Air Service, but by 1917 it had been taken over by the
Royal Flying Corps. Hangars were erected and various units were based
there until 31 October 1919, when the airfield was abandoned.
It was not until the late 1930s that the airfield was selected for expansion.
It became a great strategic asset for the RAF during the Second World
War and, consequently, a popular target for Luftwaffe raids. Many men
and women lost their lives at Detling.
The airfield is now the site of the annual Kent County Show, but two
memorials stand as poignant reminders of the epic events that transpired
in this otherwise sleepy corner of Britain. Anthony J. Moor’s exhaustively
researched book is the first to tell the full story of the part Detling played in
the defence of the realm and the history of flight.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anthony Moor was educated at the Royal Naval School, Tal Handaq, Malta
and went on to serve a five- year Engineering Apprenticeship with DH -
Hawker Siddeley at Hatfield.
He is the author of two books previous books, RAF Brenzett ALG 1944 and
Throwley Airfield 1917-1919 and has had several articles published in
He lives in Ashford.
235 x 156 mm | paperback | 192 pages | b&w illustrations
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