The RAF West Malling airfield started life as a private aerodrome in the 1930s, known as Kings Hill. This is a comprehensive history of an important RAF airfield in WWII and through the Cold War. – Highly Recommended.
NAME: West Malling, The RAF's First Night Fighter Airfield, WWII To The Cold War FILE: R3075 AUTHOR: Anthony J Moor PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, Air World BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Fighter Command, fighter station, grass field aerodrome, Spitfires, Battle of Britain, night fighters, jet fighters, Hunters, F-84, Meteors, US Navy Facilities Flight
PAGES: 439 IMAGE: B3075.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/ykxym8yp LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The RAF West Malling airfield started life as a private aerodrome in the 1930s, known as Kings Hill. This is a comprehensive history of an important RAF airfield in WWII and through the Cold War. – Highly Recommended. The private airfield that was taken over by the RAF was renamed RAF West Malling but still had a grass strip, improved by laying wire mess over the grass and building a concrete perimeter track. It was not until June 1940 that a concrete runway was built as the Battle of Britain got underway and the first aircraft arrived. It was one of a number of RAF airfields that were rapidly brought into operation and was designated as the first night fighter base protecting London and the South East. As the tide of war turned, the airfield was also home to day fighters heading off on fighter sweeps over France and then as a home for fighters defending against the V1 Flying Bombs. The author has provided a very detailed history that reads well and gives a good account of the changing fortunes of the airfield after 1945 as it became a Cold War base. There are a great many illustrations through the body of the book in support of able text. The author has continued the story into the declining years of the airfield. Of particular interest to all those who served at RAF West Malling, and to those living in the area, this is also an important book for aviation enthusiasts, covering the still poorly documented Cold War era.