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RAF Hawkinge
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Flying Corps,
Royal Air Force
Service history
Active October 1915 – 8 December 1958
Role Defence of London & South East England, Fighter Offensive, Heavy Bomber Escort Duty, Support, Flying Training
Part of No. 11 Group RAF
Colors Ensign of the Royal Air Force
Commanders
Insignia

RAF Hawkinge is a former Royal Air Force station located in Kent, near to the south coast and the closest airfield to the French coast. The airfield was used by both the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force during its lifetime.

HistoryEdit

In World War I the airfield was called RFC Hawkinge.

During World War II the airifield took part in the Battle of Britain and it was home to No. 79 Squadron RAF. After the war, the station hosted the Home Command Gliding Centre, and is fondly remembered by many Air Cadets as the place where they first learned to fly in Slingsby Mk III and Sedbergh gliders. The site has been largely built over, but part is occupied by the Kent Battle of Britain Museum.

Based unitsEdit

1-99 Squadrons

1 Squadron RAF, 2 Squadron RAF, 3 Squadron RAF, 16 Squadron RAF, 17 Squadron RAF, 25 Squadron RAF, 26 Squadron RAF, 38 Squadron RAF, 41 Squadron RAF, 56 Squadron RAF, 65 Squadron RAF, 66 Squadron RAF, 79 Squadron RAF, 83 Squadron RAF, 91 Squadron RAF,

100-199 Squadrons

120 Squadron RAF, 122 Squadron RAF, 124 Squadron RAF, 132 Squadron RAF,

200-299 Squadrons

234 Squadron RAF, 245 Squadron RAF, 277 Squadron RAF, 278 Squadron RAF,

300-399 Squadrons

313 Squadron RAF, 322 Squadron RAF, 350 Squadron RAF,

400-499 Squadrons

402 Squadron RAF, 416 Squadron RAF, 441 Squadron RAF, 451 Squadron RAF, 453 Squadron RAF,

500-599 Squadrons

501 Squadron RAF, 504 Squadron RAF, 567 Squadron RAF,

600-699 Squadrons

605 Squadron RAF, 611 Squadron RAF, 613 Squadron RAF, 616 Squadron RAF, 658 Squadron RAF,

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Coordinates: 51°6′45″N 1°9′9″E / 51.1125°N 1.1525°E / 51.1125; 1.1525

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