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Detling

Major
Also known as: Detling Industrial Estate / RAF Detling / RFC Detling
County: Kent
Current Status: Air navigation aid / Farmland / Industry
Date: May 1915 - March 1959 (closed to flying)
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RAF (Polish) / RFC / FAA / Civil / RAAF

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2013):

  • A & N Norman
  • B S Russell Commercials Ltd
  • Blooming High Ltd
  • Butlers Of Kent
  • Chatham Steam Ltd
  • Cibus Distribution
  • Clark Hire Ltd
  • Consignments Worldwide Ltd
  • Coopers Waste Management
  • D C S (GB) Ltd
  • Detling Parish Council
  • Eagle UK Logistics
  • Eco-Pac Ltd
  • Eden Park Ltd
  • H R S Cranes Ltd
  • Industrial Water Jetting Systems
  • Intertrade International Ltd 
  • Jupiter European Marketing Ltd
  • L&G Forest Products Ltd
  • ND Crowhurst Transport Ltd
  • Northdowns Iron Cast
  • P T S Tyres
  • Paul Smith
  • Simplyfruit Ltd
  • Southern Counties Trailer Parts Ltd
  • Steadline Ltd
  • Stockbury Parish Council
  • Stopper Specialist & Harbray Pipeline System
  • Swift Catering Hire
  • TMS Traffic Management Ltd
  • Viotrans Logistics Ltd
  • Waste Tech Recycling Ltd

Notable Past Associated Organisations:

  • Swale Motor Racing Club

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 Coast Artillery Co-operation Flight

  • No 1 Coast Artillery Co-operation Unit

  • No 1 PRU 'K' Flight

  • No 1 Sqn

  • No 2 AACU 'D' Flight

  • No 3 Aircraft Delivery Flight

  • No 4 Aircraft Delivery Flight

  • No 4 Sqn

  • No 6 AACU

  • No 13 Sqn

  • No 15 (Fighter) Wing

  • No 16 Gp Comms Flight

  • No 22 Sqn
  • No 26 Sqn

  • No 48 Sqn

  • No 50 Sqn

  • No 53 Sqn

  • No 59 Sqn

  • No 75 (Signals) Wing

  • No 80 Sqn

  • No 112 Sqn

  • No 118 Sqn

  • No 124 Sqn

  • No 125 Airfield

  • No 132 Sqn

  • No 141 GS

  • No 143 Sqn

  • No 165 Sqn

  • No 168 GS

  • No 184 Sqn

  • No 229 Sqn

  • No 235 Sqn

  • No 236 Sqn
  • No 239 Sqn

  • No 274 Sqn

  • No 280 Sqn

  • No 318 Sqn

  • No 403 Repair & Salvage Unit
  • No 405 Repair & Salvage Unit
  • No 410 Repair & Salvage Unit
  • No 453 Sqn

  • No 500 Sqn

  • No 504 Sqn

  • No 567 Sqn

  • No 602 Sqn

  • No 615 GS

  • No 651 Sqn

  • No 655 Sqn

  • No 657 Sqn

  • No 801 Sqn

  • No 806 Sqn

  • No 812 Sqn

  • No 815 Sqn

  • No 816 Sqn

  • No 819 Sqn

  • No 821 Sqn

  • No 825 Sqn

  • No 826 Sqn

  • No 1493 (Fighter) Gunnery Flight

  • No 1624 (AAC) Flight

  • No 1903 AOP Flight

  • No 2709 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2733 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2749 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2751 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2753 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2768 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2769 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2773 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2793 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2822 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2878 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • Home Command Gliding Centre

  • Home Command Gliding Instructors School

  • Kent GC

  • Reserve Command Gliding Instructors School

Gliding at Detling, 1953. Courtesy of British Pathé

Children racing at Detling, 1967. Courtesy of British Pathé

Footage of the Battle Headquarters at Detling. Courtesy of akathelightworker

Home Defence Flight Station(s):

Bekesbourne / Throwley

Home Defence Landing Ground(s):

All Hallows / Broad Salts / Broomfield, Kent / HartyHunton / Leigh Green / Pett

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