St George’s RAF Chapel

The St George’s RAF Chapel which you see today is not the original chapel.  Although there was a station church, the idea to create a more permanent memorial chapel at Biggin Hill emerged in 1943 when RAF personnel thought it would be appropriate to have a memorial to the increasing number of aircrew who were being killed on operations from within the Biggin Hill sector, remembering especially those who had died in the Battle of Britain.

Further more, there was a desire to commemorate that victory, and mark the destruction of the 1000th German aircraft by fighters from the Biggin Hill sector, which happened in June 1943.  Three prefabricated huts, made with steel angle-iron frames and lined with fibreboard, were acquired and placed together to form a single rectangular unit as a chapel, similar in size and layout to today’s chapel.

A commemorative service, unveiling and dedicating the Memorial – the reredos – and the Book of Remembrance, was held on Battle of Britain Sunday 19 September 1943.

The station chapel was destroyed by fire in 1946 and a new chapel was built in 1951 which is as you see today.

​The Book of Remembrance holds the names of the 454 aircrew killed flying from the Biggin Hill Sector and the pages are turned daily to the current date, or the closest day to it on there are names written.

​A descriptive book about the Chapel is available in the Chapel.

To find out more please see – ST GEORGE’S RAF CHAPEL OF REMEMBRANCEBIGGIN HILL – News (rafchapelbigginhill.com)