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RAF Hawkinge

   RAF Hawkinge was situated near Folkestone in Kent, the base opened in 1939. It was a fighter airfield and saw tough action during the Battle of Britain.

Today the airfield is a museum.

Squadrons stationed at RAF Hawkinge

  • No. 2 Squadron
  • No. 3 Squadron
  • No. 17 Squadron
  • No: 32 Squadron
  • No. 57 Squadron
  • No: 610 Squadron.
  • No: 322 (Dutch) Squadron.


   No 2 Squadron of the RAF was founded as No. 2 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps at Farnborough in 1913. It saw extensive service in France during the First World War in reconnaissance and ground attack roles. Between the wars the Squadron was formally named the No.2 (Army Cooperation ) Squadron, and flew in support of ground troop activities in Ireland and between April and October 1927 in Shanghai. At the outbreak of World War II, the Squadron was based at RAF Hawkinge operating the Westland Lysander aircraft primarily in a reconnaissance role.



3rd Sept 1939 Experimental radar

6th Oct 1939 To France

13th Dec 1939 Moving again

19th May 1940 Evacuation

22nd May 1940 Aircraft Lost

12th August 1940 Battle of Britain

30th August 1940 Battle of Britain

7th October 1941  Ground attack role

28th Feb 1943 Move

28th Jun 1944 Aircraft Lost

6th Oct 1944 Moves

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Those known to have served at

RAF Hawkinge

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Bury David Stuart Harold. F/O (d.19th May 1940)
  • Howard Gordon. AC1.
  • McGookin James Lennon. Flt.Sgt.

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F/O David Stuart Harold Bury Pilot 111 Squadron (d.19th May 1940)

On a recent visit to France I called in to Chili Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle. There is in this cemetery one WW2 airman. A Flying Officer David Stuart Harold Bury (Pilot) No 72077, 111 Squadron RAF. CWGC site logs him as KIA 19th May 1940 Son of Capt. Edmond William Bury, 11th Bn. The King's Royal Rifle Corps (KIA France 5th December 1915) and of Ida Bury, of Westminster, London. Head Boy of Eton College. Battle details I have are: On May 19th 1940 the composite unit 111/253 operated from RAF Hawkinge and flew a patrol over Cambrai-Le Cateau. This time No. 111 pilots claimed four HE 111s destroyed, a probable Bf 109 and a damaged Bf 110, but at a cost of two pilots killed and a third aircraft shot down.

Jim Ruff

Flt.Sgt. James Lennon McGookin

My father, James Lennon McGookin served at RAF Hawkinge during the Battle of Britain as a Flight Sergeant.

Rodney McGookin

AC1. Gordon Howard Anti-Aircraft Flight

Gordon Howard enlisted in January 1942 aged 19. He was not selected for aircrew training at that time but told to reapply in four months and in the meantime placed in the reserves. In August 1942 he was posted to 1 Regiment School, and in the following month posted to the Anti-Aircraft Flight at RAF Hawkinge. In October he was sent to RAF Ronaldsway for two weeks ground to air gunnery training at the Ground Defence Gunnery School. Gordon returned to Hawkinge at the end of that month but in March 1943 was admitted to Canterbury Municipal Hospital, and discharged as "Physically unfit for Air Force Service in May 1943" with a gratuity of 11s 3d a week.

Barry Howard

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