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Old 22nd November 2021, 21:31
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Re: airfield - 13 Squadron May 1940 location

When 13 Squadron departed France with the few servicable Lysander aircraft they had left, they landed at a small satellite airfield on the south coast. I cannot remember the name of it.

This was before they went upto RAF Hooton Park.

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Old 22nd November 2021, 21:56
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Re: airfield - 13 Squadron May 1940 location

Bekesbourne?
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Re: airfield - 13 Squadron May 1940 location

According to this 13 Squadron was at Bekesbourne May 29 and 30, 1940.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bekesbourne_Aerodrome
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Re: airfield - 13 Squadron May 1940 location

Chris,

Spot on, thanks mate. I hope you are well? Been racking my head for hours now!

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Boostered & flu jab but had Super Cold for over 3 weeks. Could be worse Danny!
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Re: airfield - 13 Squadron May 1940 location

13 Sqn did have a presence at RAF Christchurch, with some personnel and aircraft assisting as radar targets for the Air Defence Experimental Establishment (Army Gun Laying Radars). However it may have been a small section (less than a Flight)
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Re: airfield - 13 Squadron May 1940 location

Thanks Larry,

They did get dispersed on their return from France. Trying to write the next book on a squadron with no records wow, it's difficult!
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Re: airfield - 13 Squadron May 1940 location

Danny,

Sorry I have no further details except somewhere deep in my records is an account by a 13 Sqn radio operator on the ground. I will try to find it for you.
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Wow, that would be great Larry.

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