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    I have seen references to an airfield at Westernhangar, no idea where it is located. Could it be anothername for Lympne?

    Any help would be great, thanks
    Last edited by Richard Flagg; 22-09-2012 at 17:03.

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    Default Re: Westernhangar

    This from the wikipedia story on Folkestone Racecourse:-
    RAF Westenhanger.The racecourse was first used by aviation when a flying meeting was held in September 1910, three aircraft were present watched by a large crowd.[1] Between 1940 and 1941 the racecourse was used as a decoy airfield with dummy aircraft placed to look like an active airfield. On 23 April 1944 660 Squadron, an army cooperation squadron of the Royal Air Force, arrived at what was then known as RAF Westenhanger after the nearby village. The squadron based in a tented camp was equipped with Auster Mark IV single-engined liaison aircraft and used the racecourse to practice operations with local army units. On 12 July 1944 the squadron of 12 Austers escorted by a Supermarine Walrus rescue flying boat left Westenhangar for France. The airfield was then restored back to use as a racecourse. Rubble from wartime buildings can be seen on the north side of the straight course where it meets the oval.

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    Thanks Mike, so it was only used briefly as an airfield then.

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    Default Re: Westernhangar

    Turns out it is also in AS9 by Chris Ashworth

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    Default Re: Westernhangar

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeO View Post
    Turns out it is also in AS9 by Chris Ashworth
    And he's got the spelling wrong - as we have !

    It's Westenhanger - with no 'r', and an 'e'

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    westernhangar now the home of the WAR& PEACE REVIVAL SHOW, in July 2014 , the largest collection of military hardware from world war one up till today. BUY' SELL DRIBBLE.

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    westenhangar was also served by its own railway, not difficult as the main southern track runs past the boundary. this was laid in December 1917, and carried on to Lymne airfield which is just up the road.[ it is possible to see some of the Lymne buildings from Westenhangar.

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