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Battle of Britain Museum.

The Battle of Britain Museum is located at Hawkinge on the A260 between Folkestone and Canterbury.

It is situated on the edge of a corn field which was once the famous Hawkinge Battle of Britain fighter station. The museum was originally housed at Chilham Castle.

The museum consist of huts full of WWII aircraft memorabilia including reconstructed planes, parts and engines dug up from the surrounding countyside together with personal items belonging to pilots that flew in the Battle of Britain which have been donated by their families.

There is a quilt made by some local ladies as a replica of the cover of a book, "A Harvest of Messerschmitts", written by Dennis Knight and based on the 1940 diaries of Miss. Mary K. Smith of Elham, who was an English teacher. A 'must' read for anyone interested in the Battle of Britain and the Elham Valley specifically. The Battle of Britain Museum is open from 1st May to mid October, 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

My father-in-law, Jan Goulevitch of 460 Squadron RAAF crash landed a Lancaster bomber at Hawkinge on 3 July 1943. I would love to find out more about this incident.




Subject:     Copy of Book "Harvest of Messerschmitts"
Date:              Tue, 13 Oct 1998 00:52:51 +1000
From:            "Antony Lacey"

Sorry but I don't, but would love to know as well if and when you find out.

You wouldn't know where I can get my hands on a copy of "Spitfire Squadron" edited by David Guthrie would you?

Antony Lacey



Subject:     Harvest of Messerschmidts
Date:              Sat, 26 Aug 2000 12:24:32 +0100
From:            "Bob Hope" <bernard@west60.freeserve.co.uk>

Yes I have access to a copy of this book - I have been trying to buy a copy for some time but have had no success.

A friend has a copy which I borrowed and read.

Absolutely fascinating stuff




Subject:    Harvest of Messerschmidts
Date:             Sat, 26 Aug 2000 12:36:05 +0100
From:           "Bob Hope" <bernard@west60.freeserve.co.uk>
To:                "P Dunn"
CC:              <

Thought this might be of interest to you:

Title: Harvest of Messerschmidts
Author: Dennis Knight
Publisher: Frederick Warne. London
ISBN: 0723227721

I have discovered that the book is out of print but have tried to contact the Publisher - so far no luck.

I will be visiting Hawkinge on the 16 August and had hoped that there might be some copies on sale but obviously not.




Subject:     Books
Date:              Thu, 7 Sep 2000 11:12:13 +0100
From:            "Bob Hope" <bernard@west60.freeserve.co.uk>

To:                 "P Dunn"
CC:                <


I have now tracked down a copy of Harvest of Messerschmidts and am waiting delivery.

I thought you might be interested in the web address of the shop which is in Horsham, West Sussex. Apparently he is also interested in aspects of WW2 and is able to locate quite a number of books which are now out of print.


I have tried to cc this to Toney but last time I tried the system did not like the mail address



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