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Kent Battle of Britain MuseumDover 
Aerodrome Road
Hawkinge
Near Folkestone
Kent CT18 7AG
 
    
Hidden away behind a housing estate near Folkestone in Kent is RAF Hawkinge Base, one of the most famous Battle of Britain airfields in south-east England.
 
The original wartime buildings now house the Kent Battle of Britain Museum (KBOBM). This superb atmospheric museum holds the oldest and largest collection of Battle of Britain artefacts on show anywhere in Britain.
 
Homage paid to both allied and enemy fighters
The museum is privately run by a group of enthusiasts and volunteers and is a Homage paid to both allied and enemy fighters who answered their country’s call to duty. They clashed in the skies over Kent and many paid the ultimate price.
 
Some of the most affecting exhibits are pieces of wreckage painstakingly dug out of the ground. Over 600 planes have been excavated and beside each display is the story of the airmen who flew that plane and where and when it crashed.
 
There is no glorifying war here, no moralising, just the story of an epic battle and the part played by Hawkinge airfield. There was no major fighter base closer to occupied Europe than RAF Hawkinge. The airfield was used by many fighter squadrons as a forward base so that they could get to the Luftwaffe as soon as radar detected enemy aeroplanes approaching south-east England.
 
During the height of the Battle of Britain, fighters would land at the airfield to be refuelled and rearmed for immediate return to the fray. Despite suffering bomb damage the airfield continued to operate with the planes taking off and landing on the grass runway. The full story of this Fighter Command base can be found on Web: Battle of Britain/ Information    External Link
 
Hurricane and Spitfire Replicas
Among the enormous numbers of items on display are full sized replicas of Hurricane and Spitfire Fighters, some of which were used in the 1968 film ‘The Battle of Britain’. A new addition is a recently restored original North American Harvard – the Harvards were used to train new Fighter Pilots.
 
It is unbelievable how much there is to see: The substantial remains of a Messerschmitt Bf 109E; original vehicles used on the airfield; 1940 uniforms and flying kit; donated personal items and Rolls-Royce Merlin engines rescued from Battle of Britain crash sites. There is even a complete VI ‘Flying Bomb’ and launching ramp.
 
All these artefacts are housed in the original hangers, Operations Building, Armoury and one of the Dispersal Huts. Between the buildings three Hawker Hurricanes are on display.
 
The KBOBM has an excellent website which is well worth visiting to get an idea of why you should visit this superb museum.
 
Plan Your Visit 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Expedia.com here:    External Link
 
Capel-le Ferne
While in the area we recommend you also visit the unusual Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne near Folkestone.
 
Open
April to October inclusive
Closed on Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays
Check the official website for details of dates and times.
Admission Cost Check the official website for details. The Museum is a Charitable Trust run by volunteers.
 
Note
No photography or recording allowed.
Because of a theft some time ago, no bags are allowed into the museum. On arrival visitors may leave valuable items and cameras in a secure location at the museum ticket office. The items on display are irreplaceable.
 
Facilities
Excellent Museum Shop is open all year and online.
Picnics permitted in the grounds - tables and chairs can be supplied on request
Free parking. Due to limited space, drivers of Camper Vans may be asked to park on the roadside outside the museum.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1303 893 140
Website   Kent Battle of Britain Museum    External Link
 
Getting There
- By Car
Hawkinge is situated on the A260 between Folkestone and Canterbury. From the A20 Folkestone to Dover road, turn off for Canterbury on to the A260. The Museum is located one mile (1.6 km) along Aerodrome Road and is clearly signposted on the new Hawkinge bypass.
 
- By Public Transport
A bus service from both Folkestone and Canterbury is available, stopping in Hawkinge and directly outside of the museum entrance. A Folkestone tour bus operates during the summer months and will stop at the museum entrance.
 
We suggest that you contact the Museum regarding bus routes and timetables.
 
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