RAF Station Biggin Hill 11th Group Sector C was an important airfield during the Battle of Britain. The Chapel of Remembrance has been established after an idea of the chaplain of Biggin Hill, Squadron Leader Reverend C.King, in order to memorize the flight crew from Biggin Hill that fell in the war because of the Battle of Britain.
In 1943 and with the assistance of family of the fallen pilots of Biggin Hill a primitive chapel was created in an old building towards the south side of the airport. On September 19th 1943 it was Group Captain A.G. "Sailor" Malanís honorable duty to reveal the altar. The chapel has been completely destroyed by fire in December 1946 and one of the few items that could be rescued was a fragment of visitors book with over 6000 names in it and the one of Winston Churchill was still readable as one of the very few! In 1947 the Air Council Committee announced that the chapel would be rebuilt on the foundations of an old bombed out hangar and on November 10th, 1951, the present chapel was opened by the Lord Bishop of Rochester.
Outside a Spitfire and a Hurricane are being exposed and in the inside your eyes threaten to fail you. It is certainly worth a visit and a recommendation for anyone who is interested in the Battle of Britain.
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- Text: Tobian Sluik
- Photos: Tobian Sluik