Fascinating tale of forgotten base
Aviation historian shares airfield story
IT has been a labour of love for historian Tony Moor.
But after almost 30 years of research, his history of Kent’s forgotten airfield at Throwley has finally been published.
In his book, Mr Moor, 59, who lives in Hythe Road, Ashford, has unearthed fascinating facts about and pictures of the base between Charing and Faversham, which specialised in training pilots in night flying.
It was only in operation for two years, between 1917 and 1919, and was established to help combat the increasing threat from German aircraft.
With many squadrons on duty in France, London was left poorly defended, and airfields were set up around the capital.
The book tells the fascinating story of the formation of 112 Squadron, which had orders to patrol Kent to intercept Gotha bombers heading for London.
Between May 1917 and the Armistice in 1918, the Germans raided the area 27 times.
The attacks involved anything from a single aircraft to a total of 43 planes and it was reported that one enemy aircraft was destroyed for each raid.
Today little evidence remains of the base as the old guard house has been converted into a bungalow, although some of the foundations of other buildings can still be discovered in the woods.
Mr Moor, a draughtsman who started his working life as an aircraft fitter, is now working on his next book – the story of the airfield at Wye that operated at the same time.
Kent’s Forgotten Airfield: Throwley 1917-1919 is published by Tempus at £12.99.
The book is the result of almost 30 years of research
Author Tony Moor, 59, with his book Kent’s Forgotten Airfield and a model of a Sopwith Camel
Tony Moor’s book tells the fascinating tale of the formation of 112 Squadron, who patrolled Kent intercepting Gotha bombers