From Moths to Merlins

RAF West Malling Airfield: Premier Night Fighter Station

Robin Brooks

Date Published :
October 2013
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781553350
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


As a flying club airfield during the 1930s, West Malling was well known and very popular. 1939 saw it requisitioned by the military and it became a forward landing ground to Biggin Hill and Kenley. Though out of use during the Battle of Britain due to non-completion of the building work, and heavy bombing by the Luftwaffe, from 1941 onwards it became the premier night-fighter station in No. 11 Group, Fighter Command. During the Dieppe operation the airfield was used by day fighter squadrons and in 1944 became the main anti-diver airfield for the aerial destruction of the V1 Flying Bomb. In peace it continued the night defense of our country until the RAF left in 1960.

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