i was stationed at biggin Hill from l945/6 WAAF Wireless operator 2160047
been back a couple of times for Air show days – love Spitfires – recently attended opening of Spitfire gallery in Birmingham think Tank – I am now 90 years of age
Hi Pat, do you have any memories that I cold add to the website. I am sure yo have a few. Thanks for your post. Regards, Paul
God bless the veterans who have posted items on this link..
Here, here! Does anyone know what the Nissen huts were used for at Moorhouse sandpits during WW11? There are a couple on the Redland Tile site and they are in close proximity to Biggin Hill Airport and maybe used for storage/training/wireless tests? Any light on this may help to save a little piece of our heritage out of respect for those who fought so bravely for us.
You have seen history in the making. We owe so much to people like you. Thanks, and blessings.
I was based there in 1955. It was highly guarded because of the threat of the IRA. I remember those on guard duty toured the camp in a Landrover armed with sticks and Very pistols. The RAF Regiment were based there as was 41 Squadron with Hawker Hunter Aircraft. Sometimes we were involved in exercise ‘Fabulous’ The idea was that 24/7 there were always 2 fighter Aircraft aloft. The downside was that takeoff was at 04:00hrs and the noise used to wake everybody up.
Also at the base were the ‘Weekend Wonders’ These were Auxiliary Airmen who just wanted a ‘jolly’ for a couple of days. Some of them were attached to the RAF Regiment and on occasions went on exercises to North Wales.
The food in the Mess was excellent. I believe that this was because there was an monetary allowance for feeding the Auxiliary Airmen and there was never 100% attendance!!
I seem to remember that we had a Squadron of Gloster Meteors and as far as I can recall it was 610 squadron, but I may be wrong.
Those were great times and from there I was posted to Cyprus were I stayed until just before demob at the end of 1959.
Why I ever decide to leave I know not and if I could live my life again, I would sign on for more than the 5 years (+4 on reserve) that I did.
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Good afternoon….I would like to ask you information about Derek B White…I hv been to Anglo American Flight Academy in Fort Worth TX during 1982….many thks ….Paolo Bottinelli – Bergamo – Italy
I’m looking for any info at all for a friend’s biological father, who was named Derek Crippin or Mullin – who was in the RAF.
I am currently the Chairman of the Romney Marsh Wartime Collection at Brenzett in Kent. We have had donated some artefacts reputed to come from Gloster Meteor F4, EE559 of 615 Squadron which crashed near Smarden on 6th January 1951. The pilot was a Sqdn Ldr Hood. I have tried an on line search but have been unable to find any further information. I am hoping to shortly put the items in the Museum so any extra details to enhance the display would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks, regards, Mark.
On February 13 a 100-year-old vet named Ray Roberts flew over Biggin Hill in the back seat of a two-seater Spitfire. Allegedly Roberts flew from the base in 1940 until shot down and so badly injured himself in the course of parachuting down that he was on ferry duty with the Air Transport Auxiliary for the rest of the war. I have been unable to find a reference to Roberts, his squadron or the date of his injury. Might Biggin Hill have an archive with that information? Sincerely, Jon Guttman, research director, Aviation History magazine, Vienna, Virginia USA.
Hello Mark, I believe, as my father had a bad heart & was unable to join the forces he became an ARP or something similar. My Sister & I think that he was sent to Biggin Hill to be taught first aid. Would this have been the case? I’d be very interested in your reply
As a member 665 squadron ATC (Colfes School) I spent many a happy Saturday mornings flying in various aircraft. Most enjoyable was as a passenger in a Tiger Moth being taken to a maintenance unit in the Midlands and returning with another.
Thank you for your comment Anthony. I enjoy reading little snippets of history like this. Paul
God Bless every single one of our Veterans. They are the ones who opened such an Important Door to all of us called :
I always had Respect for all the Veterans of the Battle of Britain. Myself, I served 27 years in the Canadian Air Force and hope that one day I will have the pleasure to visit the ” Biggin Hill Museum “.
I hope that you will visit St. George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance and the Remembrance Garden at Biggin Hill. They share the same site as the museum. If you do not already know, the Chapel has beautiful stained glass windows , reredos that name every man who lost his life flying out of Biggin Hill, a Remembrance book and donated mementoes. The Garden has ashes of those RAF personnel who survived the war, their wives and those associated with the Chapel. It is a calm and peaceful place ; evocative and full of memories and spirits.
For information on St. George’s RAF Chapel and Garden of Remembrance go to Friends of the Chapel website;
http://www.rafchapelbigginhill.com where you will find regular updates, past history, membership forms and e-mail address.
We hope to hear from you.
Hello, I’m trying to learn the name of the town clerk of Biggin Hill in August 1978. I met this person in Beckenham and I would like to look him up on Facebook.
As for our veterans, my late father was a bombardier in North Africa. After the war he was a test pilot flying out of various bases in the U.S. and Japan. No connection to Biggin Hill but God bless him and all our veterans past and present.
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