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    Default Detling 13 August 1940

    Had hoped to see the ORB for this station, but it's under going some conservation work at Kew at the moment.

    Therefore does anyone have any notes for this day on the damage done by the Luftwaffe on this Coastal Command airfield.

    I'm putting together details for a book due out next year (September) on the part Coastal Commands Blenheim 'Trade Protection' squadrons played before and during in the Battle of Britain.

    Any help given will be acknowledged.

    Your Sincerely

    Andrew

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    Hi Andrew

    Derek Wood and Derek Dempster's "The Narrow Margin" says Luftflotte 2 were attacking Detling and Rochester. 65 Sqn took on the fighter escort but a bomber force slipped through and got to Detling where:

    "The commanding officer was killed by dive-bombing and the hangars set on fire. The operations room, the messes and the cookhouse were all destroyed , but essential services, including communications, were working by noon on the 14th."

    Not much, but maybe it's a start.

    Cheers

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    Hi Andrew,

    From `CCL` Vol 1 Ross McNeill.

    4 x 53 SQ Blenheim IVs were lost due to air raid at 16.05 hrs.

    R3677
    R3819
    R3849
    T1938.

    All were on the ground.

    From `Action Stations` Vol 8 B B Halpenny

    `The first air raid on Detling took place at 16.00 hrs on 13 Aug 1940 when
    Stukas of Luftflotte 2 attacked the station. The playing field was extensively damaged by ensuing attack, all the hangers were set on fire,more than 20 aircraft were destroyed and living accommodation and admin buildings were severely damaged. THe Station Commander Gp/Capt Davis was killed when the Ops room in which he was assisting recieved a direct hit`.

    Don`t have details on other 16 aircraft reported lost in the above attack,but I am sure others will help here.

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    Thank You for the info.
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    Some usefull info on
    http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=324.0

    copies of CD report etc. Pete

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