|Hawkinge aerodrome in 1933|
When the field was ploughed up I recall seeing the distinct remains of the chalk circle which had been laid out to identify the field from the air. It is now covered by houses and I wonder if any of the gardeners ever ponder why they have a line of chalk running through their flower bed.
|Cat & Custard Pot Public House|
He even mentioned a pub which the airmen used to frequent, called The Cat and Custard Pot. It was our 'local'.
The pub is still there and now fully recognises its heritage by declaring on its sign that it is 'An original Battle of Britain pub'. When I knew it, the pub was jocularly known as 'The Temporary Sign' because the original sign had been taken down to be repainted and was not replaced for ages.
Although most of the airfield is now under bricks and tarmac, there are many interesting indications of its existence still remaining.
The cleared area alongside this lane is one of the dispersal points outside the perimeter road where individual fighters were parked and camouflaged to protect them from an attack on the airfield.
And this rather sinister looking mound with the vents is the former underground fuel store. You can see the new housing estate behind it.
I hope the store has been properly emptied.....