At the recent LAHS meeting at the County Members we welcomed Tony Moor author of LYMPNE AIRFIELD AT WAR & PEACE, who brought copies of his new book, which were eagerly snapped up! Signed copies of Dick Gilbert’s recent book SKYWAYS AT LYMPNE were also made available. Also with us was Peter Rainer from Hythe who went into some detail about one of the bombing raids of 1940, of which he was a witness.
We also heard about pre war air racing, visits to Lympne’s hangars and seeing Jean Batten land at Lympne after her return from Australia. Peter went on to tell me of a three engined Dutch Fokker which crashed in Sellindge whilst trying to land at Lympne before the war. The aircraft came to rest at what is now the garden centre in Sellindge, and it took a week to clear the wreckage. All three on board survived.
It was nice to see some new faces from the village and discuss the successful opposition to the recent Phides’ Appeal, at which around ten Friends of Lympne Airfield (FOLAA) members gave up their time last July and spoke in opposition to building on our airfield. We were all in agreement that an Airfield Visitor Centre & Museum as part of a site dominated by a wild flower meadow should be the desirable way forward.
Those present agreed to meeting regularly every two months, and the next meeting will be held at Lympne Castle on Thursday 13th November at 7.30pm in the East Bar. I look forward to seeing you there’
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