Egan Close, CR8

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One of seven streets named after “Kenley’s Few” RAF officers stationed at the nearby airfield who lost their lives during the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. Named after Edward James “Eddy” Egan (November 2, 1920 – September 17, 1940) from Kent. The son of a London Transport bus driver, he joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve as a pilot under training a few months before the war began. He was on patrol over Tenterden in Kent when high winds caused them to drift. Soon they encountered enemy fighters, he was attacked by several enemy aircraft and was shot down, crashing in flames into a large wood somewhere to the south of Maidstone. The street sign – like all seven – has the rare distinction of a brief history of his life.

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