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RAF 100

RAF 100

Veterans reflect at the service for lost airmen on the site of the old Gravesend Airport. Credit A Beck

This year marked 100 years of the RAF and to commemorate that our local leisure centre had some benches made for the occasion.  The names of those who perished in the Second World War were engraved on brass plates for each bench.

 

Gravesend Airport

The site used to be that of Gravesend Airport which dates back to the early 1930’s. In its day it had a major role in the Battle of Britain as it was one of the satellite bases for the famous Biggin Hill.

Flypast

A restored spitfire was due to flyover and it did, albeit a bit later than scheduled.

It was a fine sight to see the beautiful aircraft performing victory rolls just above our heads, and the distinct sound of that Merlin engine made the hairs on the back of your neck rise.