Biggin Hill History – 1950

Biggin Hill History – 1950

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  1. My dad passed away in Feb 1979 and I am trying to source info on his life for my son , Kyle.
    According to my mom , my dad Terence Gerald O’Sullivan , was a trainee pilot in the Royal Airforce , stationed at Biggin Hill in 1950-1952….ish
    I am respectfully enquiring if you would be able to direct me to a website where I might find details about his time in the Airforce?
    I am planning a trip to England in June , which will be my sons first time there and was considering making the trip to Biggin Hill to see some of “grandads ” history…….I would be most grateful for your guidance

  2. My name is John Halpin. My wife and I live in Seattle, Washington. We are planning our second trip to the UK. I am a history buff. I was told that there is a pub in Biggin Hill area that the heroes, the Battle of Britain fighter pilots of WWII, signed their names on a board. I would like to visit that pub out of respect. Can you help me?

    Sincerely,
    John Halpin

    1. Hi John, I have found the following posts when researching for you and The White Heart at Brasted (near Biggin Hill) and The Old Jail look likely.

      “I was in Shepherds after John Farley’s lecture on Thursday – nice place, shame about some of the clientelle that particular evening (very noisy!). Sadly the White Hart is no longer what I think the pilots would recognise.

      Be good to hear of some more…”

      “My father was on 111 Sqn and 72 Sqn, Spitfires, 1941-42 at North Weald, Hornchurch and Biggin Hill. The pub he and his chums used to use was “The Jail”, just behind one of the dispersals at Biggin. Seem to remember nipping in there in the mid-70s with him and my mother and he recognised a few of the bits and pieces that were still there.”

    2. Hi John.

      I’ve been doing a bit of research regarding Kentish pubs and stumbled across your letter.

      Can I recommend you ‘Google’ the name of a chap called Bob Ogley. As you will find, he’s a Kentish historian and the font of all knowledge regarding historic Biggin Hill and the antics (watering holes) of the WW2 pilots. He can accurately answer all of your questions – and much, much more. Happy hunting.

      Matt

    3. It was the White Hart at Brasted, south of Biggin Hill on the A25 east of Westerham. The pilots all signed their name on a chalkboard. I was born in 1950 and grew up in Biggin Hill. As a teenager I used to drink at all the pubs, including the White Hart. Then, around 1968, the chalk board was still in place, with a glass front to stop the signatures being spoilt or fading. Now there is a replica, and I am afraid it is not the sme place at all, more of a gastropub. Hope this helps

    4. The pub (unofficial mess of WW2 fighter pilots at Biggin Hill) is the White Hart at Brasted (2miles east of Westerham on the A25).
      The signed Chalk Board is now in the Shoreham Aircraft Museum about 5 miles to the north east of the pub in the lovely Darent Valley.
      Look up the museum online for opening hours… it is a real delight…. it even has actual pilots from the Battle of Britain occasionally visit (sadly fewer in number as the years go on).

  3. I was a member of 600 in the 40/50 period.Loved Biggin as a station.I suppose the salt box has long gone and are the ghost still there.Regards from Canada

  4. Please could you clear up a query. How does one pronounce Aperfield? I’ve always said app as in apple but others say ape.

    Thank you.

  5. My dad was stationed at Biggin hill in 1956 would like some more history around this time, he was part of the rescue recovery unit based there from 1956 to 1958, his name is George Terence Fell.

    1. I can’t help with any personal knowledge of your father but as a schoolboy on a visit in 1956 (I think) I saw Hunter wreckage from a crash and weeks later on a ‘plane spotting’ visit I witnessed an incident of a tyre burst that came close to writing off my friend and I ! Perhaps your father was not far away at the time if these were the sort of recoveries he was involved in. Can give you the detailed story if it is of interest and it may lead to those who were closely involved.

    2. My uncle, Roger, was also stationed at Biggin Hill in 1956. His Meteor crashed in Sidcup in October and he died the next day. Wonder if your dad had anything to do with the aftermath of this crash?

  6. My late father, William (Bill) Mayer lived in Biggin Hill during the 1940’s. His sweetheart was the daughter of a couple who ran a pub there, I think I remember hearing their family name was Brett. The young lady sadly died before they could become engaged however my father carried her picture for the rest of his life. My mother who was always sorry for the family’s loss was taken to meet the family at their home. My father sometimes spoke too of enjoying a pint with his RAF friends at Biggin Hill so the pub could have been the White Hart. If anyone knows about a Brett family and their pub at Biggin Hill I would be very interested.

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