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Kent Battle of Britain Museum Trust

The worlds largest Battle of Britain collection of memorabilia. Artefacts from over 700 crashed aircraft on display


Recommended by  Petrolheads Welcome members


Suggested by Petrolheads Welcome member, Sara B. this is what she tell us of the museum:

“Almost hidden away on a modern housing estate in the village of Old Hawkinge near Folkestone is the Kent Battle of Britain Trust Museum. Situated in the remains of the wartime RAF Hawkinge it is the fighter station immortalised in the fabulous book “A Harvest of Messerschmitts” telling the story of the men who fought from here and the village of Elham nearby.

The museum houses a vast collection of memorabilia and artifacts from over 700 aircraft downed during the Battle of Britain.

The stories of the the men are movingly told with photographs, uniforms, documentation and paintings a-plenty. Add to this more than a dozen aircraft, a multitude of engines and models and a day is not enough to encompass it all.

There is a nice little restaurant and a picnic area among some of the Spitfires. A well stocked book shop will lighten your wallet considerably.

The car park is level and tarmac.

It is a museum run by true enthusiasts and if you are wondering if they welcome cars, well they came out to look at our visiting vehicles before we had a chance to go in.

An added bonus is the two seater Spitfire which lives at nearby Biggin Hill regularly flying over with the well heeled in the passenger seat.

Should you have time, you could pay your respects to some of the men whose stories you will have just read about in Hawkinge Cemetery which you pass on the way back to the main road.

Thanks Sarah!

We were unable to obtain any photographs and, during the Covid-19 pandemic, were unable to contact the museum. If you have some photographs we can use, please let us know.

You can find the FBHVC’s directory of Motor Museums HERE.

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  • Smooth, Level, Suitable for low cars, Tarmac