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Port Lympne


PORT LYMPNE:   Temporary Landing Ground

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The aerial view was obtained from Google Earth ©. The local area and area views are from my Google Earth © derived database.




 

Operated by:  Sir Philip Sassoon

Location:  Just S of the B2067 at Knoll Hill, just SW of the old LYMPNE AIRPORT site

Period of operation:  Unknown?  1935 certainly


NOTES:  We have Mr Jonathan Horswell to thank for pointing out this little known flying location. He has discovered that in 1935 Flt. Lt. Dermot Boyle, (later to become the Chief of the Air Staff and Marshal of the RAF), took the Duchess of York, (later the Queen Mother), for 'a flip' in a de Havilland DH80A Puss Moth. This resulted in an instruction from the Air Council that members of the Royal Family were not to be flown "in conditions unbecoming of their station."

Somewhat interesting I would say, as at that time, the Prince of Wales was a very keen pilot with his own aerodrome in Windsor Great Park. (See SMITHS LAWN). 

Regarding the Puss Moth, thanks to Graham Frost who is a great friend of this 'Guide', it would appear to be G-ABIJ which was registered to Sir Philip Sassoon from 26.01.31 with no cancellation date given. However, Flt. Lt. Dermot Boyle was part of the Personnel Staff in the H.Q. RAF India. May be a mistake to add 2 + 2 to make 4, but, this aircraft went to India, being registered there as VT-AGM in April 1935. All fits in rather nicely? Plus, if it was being flown out (?), LYMPNE airport was a popular Customs facility for aircraft departing to the Continent.   

Clearly the location has changed considerably since 1935. The large house, (now a 4 star hotel), was built for Sir Philip Sassoon after WW1 and named PORT LYMPNE. So, we have no idea exactly where this flight took place from within the estate?


 

 

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