Memorials for Kent airfields Gravesend and Eastchurch

Famous Kent airfields, Gravesend and Eastchurch, received the latest ABCT memorials the weekend of 25/26th June 2016.

See more photographs from the unveilings on our Facebook page here. ABCT would like to thank everyone involved with the events, both organising and attending, ensuring the events were a success.

 

Eastchurch is one of Britain’s oldest airfields and dates from 1909. Strongly associated with such famous aviation figures as the Short brothers, this pioneering site notably trained early naval airmen and became a major military airfield in both World Wars, also being heavily involved in the Battle of Britain when it was heavily attacked. Eastchurch’s excellent military service carried on until closure in 1947 and eventual conversion to its current use as a series of prisons.

Gravesend started life as a civil airfield in 1932 before seeing major military use as primarily a fighter airfield in World War Two, being heavily involved in the Battle of Britain. 

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