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20th October: Chocks Away!
The Battle of Britain was one of the most pivotal moments in the country's history. It marked a turning point when Britain stood alone against Germanys seemingly unstoppable military power.
In the summer of 1940 – after the German army swept through France and drove the British army out of the European mainland - the people of Britain made ready for invasion; But before Germany could conquer our country they needed to gain air superiority. The Luftwaffe launched a large-scale attack, intent on wiping out Britain's air defenses. The pilots of the RAF, who became known as "The Few", stood up to wave after wave of German fighters and bombers sending a clear message that Britain would never surrender.
By October 1940 the RAF was victorious. Germany called off invasion plans and the Luftwaffe switched to bombing British cities. Britain now stood as the last bastion of resistance against Nazi Germany.
Join Meridian H.O.G. on this ride around the Kent countryside as we navigate through towns and villages riding our V twin motorcycles in tight formation, just as the RAF flew above us in their V twin formations defending Britain from attack in 1940.
We pass by West Malling airfield, used as a landing base during WW1, an operational base in WW2 before being bombed and later a US Naval station. Next we head toward Staplehurst. The airfield here was used as a base for American air crew during D Day, operation Overlord. (there is a monument here dedicated to US Airmen, but the approach lane is too narrow to safely navigate for a rideout the size of Meridian HOG)
Onward to our comfort stop at Junction 8. M20 services where any peanut tanked machine can top up with fuel. Suitably refreshed we hit the motorway for a short blast before turning toward Biggin Hill, a principal fighter station during WW2.
Here our sortie will terminate at the Lookout café at the southern end of the runway, providing unrivalled views of the aircraft. We can enjoy watching the planes from either inside the coffee shop or from the generous outside seating area.
Ride distance Circa 85 miles.
Arrive at Warr's South East from 09.30 Hrs for 10.00 Hrs briefing.
Please remember to respect the local residents and arrive quietly.
See you on the day,
Alan Wright, Meridian Road Captain.
10th November: Poppy Day - Dave M.
8th December: Breakfast meet at Smiths of Smithfield
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