Morning Talk – World War 1 – Biggin Hill Airfield Tragedies

Event details

Date:

26th May, 2022

Time:

11.30am – 12.00pm

Venue:

The Nightingale Cafe, Biggin Hill Memorial Museum

Cost:

Free with exhibition admission ticket, Payable at Reception.

Morning Talk – World War 1 – Biggin Hill Airfield Tragedies

Join volunteer John discuss the Biggin Hill Airfield Deaths from 1915 – 1917.

Early aircraft were quite hazardous and many pilots lost their lives during training, regular flying duties as well as during combat. In 1916 Biggin Hill  was used as a training landing practice airfield and for visiting flyers. At the very end of 1917, Biggin Hill was assigned the additional duty of Home Defence against the German heavy bombers such as the Gotha V. During 1918 7 pilots from both the WEE and Home Defence were killed in aircraft crashes. Additional there was one ground stall loss in a flying incident.

The background and aircraft involved in all these will be illustrated in the talk; together with the full listing of the pilots killed.