Our July 3rd presentation is by David Goldsmith who will focus on Charles Lindbergh’s years in Kent and will also cover his Air Mail flying and the world famous 33 hour nonstop solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927. In addition the controversies and misinformation surrounding his dealing with the Germans while based in Kent, and his significant efforts in WW2 including combat against the Japanese will be discussed.
Charles and Anne Lindbergh found life intolerable owing to media attention after the kidnap and murder of their son. They slipped away from the USA to Liverpool by ship in 1935 and rented Long Barn near Sevenoaks from Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West. The latter had recently moved to Sissinghurst Castle. Lindbergh made numerous flights to the continent, clearing customs at Lympne. He even ordered a special Miles Mohawk touring aeroplane which he helped to design. The Germans were secretly rebuilding their Air Force, but invited Lindbergh to see and even fly their machines, which provided valuable information to the Allies. He died in 1974 on his beloved Hawaii. The last flight of the ‘Lone Eagle’ was on Pan Am from mainland USA. He had been technical advisor to the airline for over forty years.
Our September 4th presentation is by Tony Moor and will feature Kent’s WW2 Advanced Landing Grounds which include Kingsnorth, Brenzett, High Halden, Woodchurch and others.
All meetings start at 7.30pm sharp.
Please feel free to enjoy our continuing celebration of our Airfield in the wonderful surroundings of Lympne Castle’s East Bar. There is no charge. Thanks to our generous hosts Richard and Rod at the castle.
For more information please contact: John Simpson 01303 265078