Lympne Airfield (1940s)

I spotted an abandoned row of long ‘hangar’ like buildings. They were accessible, and were large hall like areas inside. Was 6-8 of these buildings. I stopped off to check them out, and came across a large two story concrete building, later found out to be a gas decontamination block. Unfortunatley, the unexpected trip had to be rather hasty, and I would have liked to have explored more thoroughly. I also found a strange entranceless pillbox. Later I heard it was a ‘pickett-hamilton fort’ which was a defence designed to be accessed through a ceiling hatch (I didn’t see this due to an overgrowing tree), and would slide to ground-level hydraulically to avoid obstructiong aircraft on the runway. There was also several short tunnel bunkers which were designed to protect people from air-raids. They were covered in earth, and most had caved in, but one which I managed to enter.

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I assumed the place to have been an airfield, and was correct. It was rather dominant in the First and Second World Wars, and was used for telecoms in the 70s. It trully was one of my favourite places to explore. Below is an extract from Wikipedia on the airfield:

” It opened in 1916 by the Royal Flying Corpsas an acceptance point for aircraft being delivered to, and returned from, France. It was later designated as a First Class Landing Ground. In 1919, the airfield was turned over to civil use as Lympne Airport, serving until 1939 when it was requisitioned by the Fleet Air Arm as HMS Buzzard, later being renamed HMS Daedalus II.

In 1940, it was taken over by the Royal Air Force, becoming RAF Lympne once again. Lympne was heavily bombed during the Battle of Britain, putting the base out of action for a number of weeks. It was to have been the landing point for a German aircraft in a plot to kidnap Adolf Hitler involving the defection of pilot Hans Baur. Preparations were made by the Royal Air Force for his arrival. Later in the war, Lympne was used as an Emergency Landing Ground for bombers returning from raids in Europe. In 1946, RAF Lympne closed, returning to use as a civil airport which continued until 1984.”

For the other defenses of Kent I witnessed, hold on for a week or so, it’ll be coming right up!

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