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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:34 pm

Opps, sorry, I should have said it was a Canberra :ymblushing:
It's been there a long time and a very sad site :( sadly I couldn't get a better shot as there's a security gate :))

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


I think that's why I started taking pics back in 2008, because there's so little left at some of these places :( (Take RAF Skellingthorpe or example, now a housing estate) but then others, if you dig around a little and know where to look you get things like at Woodhall.



Every year we say we're going to go to the open day at Metheringham, and every year we either forget or it clashes with something :(( :(( ~x( but I will definitely go one day :D
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hydealfred » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:39 am

MOD wrote: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? ;)


Interesting as it is unusual to see real aircraft on fire dumps these days. In the old days it was very common but no so now. I remember at Boscombe in the 80's when there was a Hastings and a Lightning on the dump - such a waste in hindsight :(
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:23 pm

I was going to edit the first post but I can't so I'll have to bump it instead :)) :)) :p

I made a list of the places In the album. (In no particular order because Facebook messed up my ordering ~x( ~x( )

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Sandtoft.
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Blyton.
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Hemswell.
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Kirton Lindsey.
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Hibaldstow.
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Sturgate.
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Elsham Wolds.
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Goxhill.
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North Killingholme.
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Kirmington/Humberside.
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Waltham.
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Kelstern.
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Binbrook.
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Ludford Magna.
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Wickenby.
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Scampton.
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Ingham/Cameringham.
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Dunholme Lodge.
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Swinderby.
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Waddington.
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Wellingore.
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Barkston Heath.
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North Witham.
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Metheringham.
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Woodhall Spa.
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Coningsby.
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East Kirkby.
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Spilsby.
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Bardney.
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Fiskerton.
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Folkingham.
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Skellingthorpe.
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North Cotes.
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When the weather gets a bit warmer, I hope to do a few more in detail (Fiskerton, Woodhall, Skellingthorpe, Bardney, Kelstern, Spilsby, Binbrook and Ludford are the main ones), and try the ones I have left.
There's a couple that I don't think I'll be able to do, Faldingworth is going to be pretty impossible due to it's current use, even the memorial is on the runway behind locked gates ~x( :)) .
Fulbeck is another one I can't see me visiting (I don't fancy getting shot).
Should be going to Hemswell again in a couple of weeks for their Christmas car boot, didn't have my camera with me last time.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Xplumberlives » Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:44 pm

Keep up the good work Helen! :ymapplause:
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:17 pm

I finally found the loading ramps at RAF Woodhall, completely by accident :)) , I went looking for them the last time I was there but I walked too far south and they are more to the north west.


I guess the general idea is that the ramp is the height of a lorries tail gate (is that the right word?), it backs up to it, ropes are attached to the steel rings and the bombs are slowly rolled down the ramp, or something like that.
The concrete base at the other end is the height of a bomb trolley (apparently).


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Next time I'm going to find the dispersal, and see if there's anyway of sneaking onto the actual airfield =))
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Jigsaw » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:28 pm

:ymapplause: Bravo Helen :ymapplause: :ymapplause:
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Sploosher » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:45 pm

cor blimey Helen, you do get about a bit............... :D

is it your mission to get pics from all Linconshire bases then........... ;)
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:50 pm

Thanks :) :)) :))


Eventually, but as I said, some are easier than others.
RAF Faldingworth will be impossible due to the nature of who owns it, it's locked up tight.
And others just don't exist any more like RAF Skellingthorpe. And the rest are public rights of way (other than Cranwell) which I'm waiting for nicer/warmer weather to tackle ;) :))

I make it 10 (out of 41) that I haven't done plus a couple of sites that are linked (like the ranges) and 4 that are not possible (Faldingworth, Caistor, Fulbeck and Harlaxton).


And I still haven't done Coleby Grange.

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Control tower from the A15 today, it was -1 :))
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Blue_2 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:54 pm

I'll be interested to see what you find at Skellingthorpe.

Ps. Yorkshire's good for old airfields...! ;)
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:43 pm

There's quite a bit hidden on the bomb dump side of Skellingthorpe (other side of the A46) and the strip of woodland on the Birchwood side. I just need a nice day and for the road works to bugger off =)) =))

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There's some peri track preserved (which I have walked over but didn't have a camera back then), and there used to be a dispersal tucked away near the Doddington roundabout, which again, I've been to but no camera, but my mum's friend who lives near there told me they've done a lot of house building so it might have disappeared.
I keep meaning to stop at the community centre and get the other memorial, but I keep forgetting (the peri track is there too).
And they're knocking down the Wildlife pub :(( which used to have a plaque on the side saying it was built on the site of the original entrance.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Xplumberlives » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:53 pm

Well done Helen! :ymapplause:

You have the gist of unloading the bombs down the ramp! ;)
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:37 pm

That's really good to know as I wasn't sure if I was understanding the description right :D
It makes more sense when you stand on the site and see the dimensions of the ramps and the rings in situ.
My pics don't show quite how big it all is, especially the blast walls (I assume that's what they are). Like in photo 4 it doesn't look that steep, but I tried to climb it to get a photo from the top, I didn't even get half way it was that steep.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Xplumberlives » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:04 pm

Yes, blast walls along with earth traverses were used to channel any blast upwards in order to prevent any sympathetic detonation of nearby bomb stacks! ;)
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:30 pm

Someone I'm subscribed too on YouTube uploaded this today.





I think I've posted it before in separate parts, but always worth watching again ;)

It's RAF Hemswell, and according to Patrick Otter's 'Lincolnshire Airfields of the Second World War' it's the only colour footage of RAF Bomber Command taken during the war.


Some nice shots of the bomb dump at about 11 minutes. Helps me immensely in understanding the layout for Woodhall actually.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Xplumberlives » Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:36 pm

Thanks Helen, I shall watch that later when I've finished sparring with D4th and Yvonne. :D

Very peaceful at work, hardly anyone about! ;)
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Ray C » Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:18 pm

Helen i'm enjoying your Lincolnshire [trek] very much, but, i do hope your not roaming about
some of these deserted sites on your own....? [-x
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:32 pm

I'm a sensible lady (most of the time ;) ). My Taxi driver, I mean Mum ;) :)) is normally there or there abouts, so I'm not technically on my own. We're both nature lovers, so drives in the country are something we have always done (Barn Owls love airfields too ;) \:D/ ), this new hobby kills two birds with one stone.

But most of these places fall into 1 of 3 categories:-

inaccessible/RAF/main road - Most of the sites fall into this. Where we pull over, I get out of the car, take a photo, get back in and drive off :)) . Or If I do go for a walk it's usually up a public footpath. There aren't that many places that you can freely roam over to be honest, most are private property.
A lot of my photos are taken from the sides of public roads.

Public - self explanatory. e.g. East Kirkby, Hemswell.

Or familiar places - I've been wandering about in the woods at Bardney and Woodhall for 20+ years, I feel safer there than I do in the middle of Lincoln to be honest. And yes, I often go in there by myself, I prefer it.
The last batch from Woodhall I was on my own, mum was too cold so went back to the car (It was -1).
It's been a while since I wandered around Bardney because it's no longer Forestry commission owned so I'm not sure of the rights of way any more, but when my dad worked there I used to run around the wood and play in the old nissan hut where the game keeper kept his pheasant feed :)) (shame it fell down several years ago :( )

I never go in the buildings now though, I gave the ones in Woodhall a wide birth as well as the control tower at Wigsley (which I haven't posted any photos of it because it's just outside of Lincolnshire :)) )
You never know who might be inside or what might fall on your head.


The sites that I haven't been to are on the "haven't been to" list for a reason :))
I need the warmer weather so Mum will walk with me =)) =)) *Cough* Birchwood* =)) =))



*No offence intended to any residents of Birchwood estate but there's no way I'm wandering around there on my own :)) :)) .
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Mayfly » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:40 am

Helen BW is OK during the day!!

I got an email yesterday saying there is group who wants to turn RAF Ingham mess into a museum and looking for support from organisations and the public to support a Lottery grant. Would this be Ingham near Scampton?






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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:47 pm

Yes it is, , I've been following their progress for a while.

http://rafingham.co.uk/home.html


They're doing up the old mess buildings, looks really good, :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

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I really hope they get the grant!
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Blue_2 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:59 pm

Hihonyr8811 wrote:There's quite a bit hidden on the bomb dump side of Skellingthorpe (other side of the A46) and the strip of woodland on the Birchwood side. I just need a nice day and for the road works to bugger off =)) =))

Crack on then! You'll have a PM shortly.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:49 pm

So I've just read on a different forum that the show ground part of RAF Manby is under new owners and they are basically demolishing everything (NOT the hangars/buildings, just the peri tracks/big grass area) :( , and as my plans have changed for tomorrow (my best friend is poorly) I'm going to see what I can get before another site is lost :(

The Chieftain tank that has sat at the entrance for years is being scrapped, so I'm going to see if I can get couple of pics of it too.
The later tower (the one you can see from the road) is also going to be demolished :(

Hopefully I'll have some pics tomorrow.
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Xplumberlives » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:44 am

Enjoy your trip out Helen, looking forward to the latest instalment. :ymapplause:
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Jigsaw » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:31 am

What Dave said ;)
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Aceyone » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:51 pm

What Jiggy said ( but not what he does ) :p
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Re: RAF Lincolnshire.

Postby Hihonyr8811 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:03 pm

Well there's good news and bad news.

I went to Manby, the bad news is they have already started to do what ever they are doing :(

The tank has gone :(( and I'm kicking myself for not getting a photo of it years ago, I've driven past it goodness knows how many times.

Anyway, there were a lot of big heavy lorries going in and out so I only snapped a couple of photos of the general area then we ran away =)) =))

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The newer tower and the area where the tank used to sit.


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The hangars and the white building in the middle is the original watch office.


But the good news is that it was a stunning day and we had all afternoon so mum wanted to go to the nature reserve near Theddlethorpe and I found some pillboxes to play with :))

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According to my 'Defending Lincolnshire' book by Mike Osborne, this type is unique to Lincolnshire *shrugs* :))

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So then I went for a (long) walk up the beach to find this

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Took some finding :)) it's much easier to locate on Google earth.

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70+ years of sand and rubbish. I don't know how deep it is to the floor.




Further up the coast.

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Slowly being swallowed up by the dunes.




And then we went to the garden centre at Strubby so it would have been rude not to have a look there ;) :)) .

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And last but not least I finally visited the memorial to RAF Spilsby.

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Sorry for the amount of photos.

Here's the link to the rest.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 409&type=3


Just a warning, some of the photo's I have already posted will disappear soon as I am going to be moving them to different albums (and I can't edit my old posts).
But I will post the links to the albums as and when I move them :)
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