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Gravesend control tower and terminal building 1936 (© via John Levesley atchistory.wordpress.com)
RAF Gravesend - Battle of Britain airfield -
Airfield Today:
Housing
Tower Type:
Civil control tower and clubhouse
Tower:
Control tower building demolished in 1965
Other Buildings:
None
History:
06/1932 to 09/1939, Gravesend Aviation Ltd formed and Gravesend Airport was officially opened on the 12/10/1932, later known as London East.
10/1937 to 09/1939, No. 20 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School.
09/1939 to 11/1940, Airfield was a Satellite to Biggin Hill. 07/1940 to 10/09/1940, No. 501 Squadron (County of Gloucester) here with Spitfires, 09/1940 to 10/1940, Spitfires of No. 66 Squadron, both Squadrons heavily engaged during the Battle of Britain.
11/1940 to /1945, Airfield used by many RAF Squadrons and late in 1944 used for barrage balloon defence against V1 flying bombs.
From 1958 onwards the airfield site was used for housing.
For a more detailed airfield history see the GAHP website: www.gahp.org.uk
RAF Gravesend - Battle of Britain airfield -
1934 (© via Steve Ward)
RAF Gravesend - Battle of Britain airfield -
Airfield:
Civil aviation, pilot training, operational fighter, barrage balloon
Opened:
12/10/1932
Closed:
06/1956
Code:
?
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
2x Grass
Hangars:
1x T1, 8x Blister
County:
Kent
Location:
2 miles SE of Gravesend
OS Ref:
TQ675720
©:
All photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Gravesend - Battle of Britain airfield -
Original building design 1935 (© via John Tate gahp.org.uk)
Control tower showing modifications 1961 (© Phil Connolly via John Tate gahp.org.uk)
RAF Gravesend - Battle of Britain airfield -
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