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PNK
08-10-2008, 20:08
These two were taken in 1972 when Lympne was called Ashford Airport. There was a bit of activity and we saw a twin turbo prop aircraft take of over our heads. As the road dipped below the airfield level we only caught a quick glimpse so I couldn't tell you what it was.
There was a lovely viewing area with tables, chairs and a little white picket fence. Very 1930's in feel (looking back on it)
Whilst we were there a US Army helicopter landed and two chaps in OD's got out and strolled to the office (I assume).
Note the modern transport types by the hangars!

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn128/PNK_album/Airfields/Lympne_1972.jpg

Nice roses.

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn128/PNK_album/Airfields/Lympne_AUG1972_Huey.jpg

We had cycled from Canterbury via Hawkinge and this was our last stop before cycling back to Canterbury. The next year we got motorbikes!

Peter

Balders
08-10-2008, 21:21
Peter

I went there recently and although most of the buildings are gone the landing area is still there and some of the domestic buildings including the billets and decontamination building plus loads of shelters(Oh yes and also my motor bike keys that I managed to drop in the knee high grass).I will try and post the pics in the next couple of days.

Andy

PNK
08-10-2008, 22:42
Andy

The only time I went there recently was to visit Port Lympne Zoo, probably afew years ago actually. There wer buildings on the road to the carparks.
It's difficult to persuade the wife and daughters to stop so I can take pictures!

Peter

PNK
02-03-2009, 20:37
The hangar and the control tower probably taken in 1980

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn128/PNK_album/Airfields/CT_1979.jpg

avion ancien
18-07-2009, 17:49
At the risk of people thinking that I've finally lost my marbles, can anyone direct me to photos taken at Lympne, ideally in 1929 or 1930, which show (a) the geography of the immediate surrounding countryside and (b) the boundary hedges! There is a reason for this request. I've been shown a collection of photographs of aeroplanes, probably dating from no later than 1930, which I think were taken at Lympne and I would like to be able to confirm or deny this. Unfortunately I am unable, at least at present, to post any of the photos as they are not mine to do so. Help will be greatly appreciated.

Paul Francis
18-07-2009, 18:10
You almost certainly have not lost your marbles. RAF Lympne was almost entirely destroyed during the Battle of Britain and the whole site was re-built in the 1960s. The photos posted on here are of the 'new' Lympne and have no bearing what so ever with what was constructed before WW2. Probaby 90% of buildings present in the BoB were built in WWI and it is these structures that were wiped out by the Luftwaffe.

avion ancien
18-07-2009, 18:53
Thank you for your words of comfort, norwichpaul, but would you mind telling my wife as well! However I'm still no further advanced vis a vis the pre-war topography. I'm particularly interested in the size of the hedges. In several of the photos that I've been shown the hedges tower above the aeroplanes, even a Siskin. In fact hedges may not be an apt description - perhaps I should say close set boundary trees!

PNK
18-07-2009, 19:10
I don't know if you have tried the Flight archive but they will have a lot of views of Lympne in the 1930s due to the number of air races and events held there. Link below.

http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/index.html

It may be worth restricting the years to just one at a time as the number of results is limited.

Paul Francis
18-07-2009, 19:54
Yes excellent idea PNK if you search for Lympne in the years you are intested in, you will find all the pics you need.

avion ancien
18-07-2009, 21:25
The Flight Archive is an excellent research tool (it's a a shame that The Aeroplane is not available in similar form - but I diverse). I'll search against 1929 and 1930 and see what comes up. However none of the photos have buildings or any sort of hard structures in the background - so I'm dependant on identifying hedges and trees. Why do I never set myself any easy tasks!

avion ancien
27-08-2009, 20:53
Sadly I didn't find, on the FlightGlobal Archives website, anything that might help me identify the trees and hedges in the photos. However I now have permission, from their owner, to post some of the photos to which I referred last month. So here's one of Siskin III J7763 with the ubiquitous hedge behind it. Is it at Lympne? Is it somewhere else in south-eastern England? Any help - whether a positive ID or an intelligent guess - will be much appreciated!

PNK
27-08-2009, 21:04
Crikey! It could be anywhere, especially as at the time they might turn up in any likely looking field. My dad remembers RAF aircraft flying in a display over Eltham (SE London), He doesn't recall if they landed but certainly a lot did. There is no proper airfied anywhere near there.
The best hope is that someone has a similar picture which is identifiable.

Last thought - what about Squadron records?

andrewayers
28-08-2009, 12:05
http://i364.photobucket.com/albums/oo90/andrewayers/lympne1.jpg


old postcard photo
there is a large hedge/trees to the right of the hangars
regards
andrew

avion ancien
02-09-2009, 20:21
http://i364.photobucket.com/albums/oo90/andrewayers/lympne1.jpg


old postcard photo
there is a large hedge/trees to the right of the hangars
regards
andrew

Would it be too sad to ask for a close-up of the hedge!

avion ancien
02-09-2009, 20:29
Crikey! It could be anywhere, especially as at the time they might turn up in any likely looking field. My dad remembers RAF aircraft flying in a display over Eltham (SE London), He doesn't recall if they landed but certainly a lot did. There is no proper airfied anywhere near there.
The best hope is that someone has a similar picture which is identifiable.

Last thought - what about Squadron records?

Many thanks. I don't think that it was just "any old field" - because if it was then the same"old field" seems to have attracted a gaggle (or should it be a flutter!) of Moths (including Sir Sefton Brancker's personal mount), a Westland Widgeon, a Henderson-Glenny Gadfly, a Simmons Spartan and - I think - a Humming Bird. Or at least that seems likely to be the case as I am told that the photos were all taken on the same occasion and at the same place.

Richard Flagg
15-10-2009, 20:38
There is a couple of books on ebay that may be of use regards Lympne;

Lympne Airfield in Old Photographs By Collyer, David G
Item no: 390089832054

Lympne Airfield in Old Photographs
Item no: 220475494809

Row74
16-10-2009, 08:31
Andy

The only time I went there recently was to visit Port Lympne Zoo, probably afew years ago actually. There wer buildings on the road to the carparks.
It's difficult to persuade the wife and daughters to stop so I can take pictures!

Peter

I was lucky enough to stop the car on the way out of Port Lympne. The wife didn't mind so me and my eldest son went for a look at the delapidated buildings and shelters that caught my eye on the way in.
It's worth a look.:wink:

Oldie68
22-10-2009, 14:14
The BHQ is right in the middle of a field
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/3108886776_d413f32e63.jpg

Entrance is down a set of steps and leads to a 3 room bunker
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/3108048999_20e7dd56f8.jpg

Two of the rooms had small post holes in the floor and fittings on the wall that suggest there were plotting tables here
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3033/3108032285_4079724781.jpg

Up another small run of steps to the (narrow) escape hatch and the observation bunker
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3034/3108024671_c2b7ccd5ae.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3162/3108021165_6f7edaf1b0.jpg

Very little remains of any other airfield outbuildings now other than those at the end of Otterpool Road, but what does surprise me is the lack of pillboxes or other hard standing defence points.

Oldie68
23-10-2009, 09:25
Aerial view from the 1930s: Otterpool Road runs horizontally across the top of the picture and the existing shelters etc would occupy the central area of the picture above it.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3434/3175971199_7965f9dfbb.jpg

I'm also a member on the Kent History Forum - this thread may be of interest to you as well: http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1970.0

David Thompson
25-02-2011, 00:02
A photograph of the original control tower appears on page 62 of the new edition , March 2011 No 47 , of Britain At War credited to a Paul Francis/Airfield Research Group . Hope the cheque is in the post !

LYMPNE
26-05-2011, 11:10
AiX members might be interested in this event.

Lympne Aero Classic: 2nd/3rd July 2011. Celebrating the history of Lympne Airfield
from 1916 to the 1980s. Lympne Village Hall and playing fields plus ‘The County
Members’ pub. Replica aircraft, re-enactors, Silver City and Skyways Associations,
military vehicles, classic cars and commercial vehicles. Free admission.

ted angus
17-03-2012, 11:43
Re:VC-54 incident-fire.
Gents, a friend has shown me a photo with a request to help place it. The focus of the picture is a C -54 Skymaster. . In the picture it bears 272721 on the tail.
A large hole in the top of the fuselage can be seen forward of the tail. In the picture 3 MCA/MTCA fire appliances and one civil appliance are visible. The civil machine was of a type only used in 3 counties. Surrey, Kent and Cheshire. However I am not aware af a MCA/MTCA aerodrome in Cheshire. I believe the format of the number on the tail predates 1954 so I think it could be Lympne ( Kent) or Blackbushe which although in Hants receives civil fire cover from Camberley in Surrey.
TED

Tally Ho
26-09-2012, 18:36
I seem to remember an airline called Silver City doing a car ferrying service to France from Lympne in the late 60"s early 70"s.
Anyone else remember this!!

avion ancien
26-09-2012, 18:58
Not quite that late, Tally Ho. Silver City disappeared off the scene in 1962 and hadn't been at Lympne since 1954. Maybe you're thinking about British United Air Ferries (later British Air Ferries) operations out of Lydd?

Tally Ho
19-10-2012, 15:46
Not quite that late, Tally Ho. Silver City disappeared off the scene in 1962 and hadn't been at Lympne since 1954. Maybe you're thinking about British United Air Ferries (later British Air Ferries) operations out of Lydd?

Your proberly right i remember seeing the planes but did not notice the airline i got the Silver City name from an Airfix kit i remember building when i was a kid,
Thanks for the info though

outkast
13-11-2012, 18:14
Just a query but on a visit to Lympne some time back i took a pic of this
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v134/drsugfit/my%20explores/1609.jpg

is it a yarnold sagger pillbox?

in wich case why would it be at lympne?

or is it just a bit of a add hok creation?

Dave

Richard Flagg
13-11-2012, 20:02
Looks like a PH Fort to me.

PETERTHEEATER
14-11-2012, 05:29
Can you give a location. It looks like a relatively modern 'cap' for an old shaft or borehole.

Jeff Morgan
14-12-2012, 07:37
Lympne had a concrete runway laid after a home based Skyways HS 748 was written off when it overturned on landing on Lympneís wet runway. I donít think the runway lasted that long before it was dug up. You can still see its outline on Google map.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1965_Skyways_Coach-Air_Avro_748_crash

There is a photo of the aircraft upside down at http://www.flickr.com/photos/skywayscoachair/6309281847/in/set-72157625395685439

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/7595/ashford.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/138/ashford.png/)

cliveh
14-12-2012, 12:08
Short Pathe clip of an Air Rally ay Lympne in 1948:


http://www.britishpathe.com/video/air-rally-at-lympne-aka-flying-display-at-lympne/query/lympne

cliveh

Jeff Morgan
14-12-2012, 23:01
I seem to remember an airline called Silver City doing a car ferrying service to France from Lympne in the late 60"s early 70"s.
Anyone else remember this!!



http://www.britishpathe.com/video/car-ferry-1/query/lympne

Silver City at Lympne in 1948

cliveh
01-04-2013, 20:17
Some photos of the accommodation huts still standing (just!) off of Otterpool Lane:

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cliveh

cliveh
01-04-2013, 20:19
I'm pretty sure this is a PH fort:

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cliveh

cliveh
01-04-2013, 20:22
Air raid shelters:

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cliveh

cliveh
01-04-2013, 20:29
Decontamination Block:

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cliveh

avion ancien
01-04-2013, 20:35
I'm pretty sure this is a PH fort:

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cliveh

Remarkable camouflage, that!

cliveh
01-04-2013, 21:26
Remarkable camouflage, that!

Yep it's grown right up through the access hatch!

cliveh

Richard Flagg
01-04-2013, 22:15
Brilliant to see these photos Clive, I remember the buildings from when I lived down south years ago, sadly I never photographed them. Please to see they are still standing

Dave80
04-04-2013, 19:39
Whereabouts is the PH fort Clive?

cliveh
05-04-2013, 07:44
Whereabouts is the PH fort Clive?

Same site as the huts Dave; on Otterpool Lane. It's situated between the huts and the shelters.

cliveh

Dave80
12-04-2013, 20:12
Thanks Clive - I was there, but somehow missed it!

Knouterer
21-04-2013, 09:53
Hello,
Does anybody have any information on the defences of the airfield in September 1940 ? I have allowed myself to be drawn into some of those endless discussions about operation "Sea Lion" and Lympne would have played a very important role, as units of the German 7th airborne division were assigned to take it and it would then have been used to fly in reinforcements and supplies. As we know, no RAF squadrons were stationed there permanently at that time, it was a satellite for the Biggin Hill sector and after the heavy attacks in mid-August it was out of action for a short while.
However, there must have been a RAF presence on the ground, AA guns, and normally a couple of infantry companies from units nearby. Surviving structures like the Battle Headquarters and the PH Fort must also date from this period, I imagine.
According to a contributor to "Kenthistoryforum" Canadian "pipe bombs" were dug in all over the airfield. These would have been detonated if the airfield was in danger of being taken to crater it and make it unusable. I would also assume that one or more of the heavy railroad guns within range was/were assigned to take the airfield under fire if it was taken, as was the case elsewhere.
Any info appreciated,
Knouterer
(from Luxembourg)

PETERTHEEATER
26-11-2013, 15:04
The WW2 25 yard small arms range at Lympne was located here, now overgrown:

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=51.076421&lon=1.022844&lz=16&rz=20&lt=OS&rt=satellite&lov=None&rov=None

Dave80
07-04-2014, 16:03
The WW2 25 yard small arms range at Lympne was located here, now overgrown:

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=51.076421&lon=1.022844&lz=16&rz=20&lt=OS&rt=satellite&lov=None&rov=None

Cliveh and I are going to Lympne and Hawkinge soon - we will see if we can find this small arms range, thank you for the info.