As British forces were evacuated from Dunkirk, RAF Detling in Kent became home to the Blenheim IVFs of two Coastal Command squadrons


The role of RAF Coastal Command during the events of summer 1940 has tended to be overlooked, but whether in the Battle of France or the Battle of Britain its units contributed significantly and tirelessly. This was the case when the British Expeditionary Force was evacuated from Dunkirk under Operation ‘Dynamo’ from 26 May-4 June, actions in which squadrons of Bristol Blenheim IVFs that detached to RAF Detling near Maidstone, Kent, were heavily engaged.

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