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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:57 pm

That's what I thought it was too, didn't realise it was visible from out side, I thought it was hidden somewhere.


One thing I will say, and I'm glad to say it, all these memorials are very well looked after :ymapplause: :ymapplause: (with the exception of the bird poo =)) ), there's no graffiti or anything :ymapplause: especially when you consider that at Goxhill the pil box thing (I don't know what it actually is) is only a few yards up the road from the memorial and it's covered in graffiti and full of rubbish.

The one that gave me a lump in the throat was this one.

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Sadly I didn't get a close up, but it lists the names of Six 550 Squadron veterans who have passed away since their last reunion :(
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby MOD » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:01 pm

Hazzer: It is a very sorry story. :(

It is also ironic that the most Iconic aircraft of the 60s/70s/ and 80s was the subject of so many restoration dreams but which eventually became such a nightmare for those who had invested their time and money into trying to preserve it. Apart from the LPG at Brunty however who never had any serious aspirations of trying to get theirs flying.


Edit: Helen - It is good, indeed it is very good, that young people such as yourself still take an active interest in our military aviation heritage and I don't mean to sound patronising :ymapplause:

Of course living in Bomber County - near to fighter town - must help. ;)


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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:15 pm

What a shame :(

I'd be interested to know what state she is in now actually.
What works on her if you know what I mean.

Is she still on her island of concrete in the field (didn't 'they' dig up the hard standing/taxi way round her?).
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby MOD » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:19 pm

Yes Helen. Dave Evans of the Lightning Association can update us but in effect what you say is correct. imho she is unlikely to move again ...

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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Mayfly » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:25 am

Helen where is the memorial to be found in the first shot at Waltham? - I was there 18 mths ago and didn't see but it looks easily accessible.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:45 am

Go North up the A16 towards the village of Waltham, there is a little layby/dead end road on the left (airfield side) just past some traffic lights and a junction into Holton le Clay, near some trees. It's tucked away at the end of the road/layby.
The hangar (if that's what it is) is in the same place up a farm (peri?) track.

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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Mayfly » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:20 am

Right thanks we didn't go on the A16 side. Must remember that.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hydealfred » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:37 pm

Ray C wrote:Helen your pictures are very atmospheric/excellent....... Keep them comming, "may the force be with you"
:ymapplause: :ymapplause: Ray.

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Helen - be very careful with Binbrook - the day after I visited there I ended up with a Lightning :) Lincolnshire is a truly superb County, one which I will be visiting time and time again due to the Bomber Command connection. So much history, so much loss, a place I can't put into words. Roll on East Kirkby Night Taxi Runs ;)
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:31 pm

:)) I'm just imagining my mum's face if I came home with a lightning =)) =)) :ymdevil:

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Some more added. Mainly of the extended runway at East Kirkby.
Also of a coastal defence near Boston.

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It had a very different feeling to the one at Goxhill. I didn't like that one at all I can't even describe it. This one was ok though, not as badly graffitied and not as much rubbish, a lot of rubble though which is why I didn't go any further in.
It was a tight fit though :)) not much room in the door way.

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Sandtoft and Blyton added.

And Vulcan at Dunholme lodge. No really, it's there I promise ;) =))

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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Jigsaw » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:21 pm

I just love this thread Helen :ymapplause: (I hope you had an ice cream at Blyton ;) )
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:56 pm

It was shut :(( :(( :(( :(( :))
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:11 pm

Big update if anyone's interested. 91 photos added of RAF Woodhall Spa.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 409&type=1


If anyone can identify any of the buildings, I'd love to know their uses.

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The rest are in the link. Sorry for the amount.
Forgot to say that they are mostly taken from the North part of the airfield (Ostlers plantation).
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Lucas1860 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:26 pm

Nice report Helen. Mother nature soon claims back her land.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:54 pm

Indeed she does. It's quite something to see trees and then suddenly the out line of a wall or a building appear out of the green.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Mayfly » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:10 am

Is the dog training section still at Woodhall Helen? I drove past the other day but don't remember seeing it. Then again I wasn't looking for it either!
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:35 am

There's the one just past Tattershall Thorpe? I don't know about Woodhall sorry.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Jigsaw » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:00 pm

Helen. Those first 2 images could be of storage (bomb)? bunkers. Were they at the north end of the old base?
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:56 pm

Yes they were and I think you're right, I though it said in my book that the area was used for bomb storage, but if it did I can't find it :)) so I must have read it somewhere else.

Also I was looking at my North Witham photos from this summer and the foundations I found there were pretty good matches for the buildeings in Woodhall, and I definitely know that they were bomb storage as I have a copy of the origianl site plan.


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Not easy to make out as I didn't take the best photo of it.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Jigsaw » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:48 am

I remember reading the same but also can't remember where :)) Just remember that the bomb stores were to the north and built within the tree's.

Edit: This was not where I saw it but this link near the bottom of the page are your buildings.

http://www.627squadron.co.uk/album.html

And, Back in the day at Woodhall.
British bombs of the Second World War, ranging from 500 lb to 12,000 lb. (Original Imperial War Museum caption: Armourers show off bombs for a comparison in size at the bomb dump at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. In the front are 1,000-lb and 500-lb MC bombs, behind them a 2,000-lb HC Mark I, then a 4,000-lb HC Mark III or Mark IV 'Cookie'. Finally, at the rear, is a 12,000-lb HC 'Blockbuster', essentially three 4,000-lb 'Cookies' bolted together with the addition of a six-finned ballistic tail.")
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:21 pm

Gosh, I might have stood in that exact spot :(

Thanks for the link too. Shame those pics of 2003 don't have captions though.

I think I need to go back to Thorpe camp when it's open.

Found some more info on my second favourite forum :))

http://www.airfieldinformationexchange. ... odhall-Spa

Seems the big brick building (with the windows) is post WWII.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:24 pm

Wellingore, Barkston and a couple from Swinderby added if anyone's still interested. Also last week I added Bardney and Metheringham.

Wellingore.
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Barkston fire dump and Canberra.
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Swinderby.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby 10680 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:55 am

Hihonyr8811 wrote:
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What's this Helen?

I try and search out some remains on my infrequent forays "oop north".

It's a pity we don't value our recent history. Think what we would do if an intact Roman fort was discovered.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Dan4th » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:22 am

I was just wondering the same thing about
that Barkston photo, Helen......

What aircraft is that and got any more
pics of it?

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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby MOD » Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:02 pm

It is Canberra WT339 on the Fire Dump.

http://www.bywat.co.uk/wt339.html

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How about Holme on Spalding Moor/Leconfield and Driffield Helen? ;)
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Mayfly » Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:24 pm

Helen if you go to Metheringham Open Weekend next year they do free airfield tours by coach not only do you see what you have taken but you get to go around the back of Eclipse Farm to a part that isn't open to the public normally.
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