Swannington in Norfolk only had a short service life, opening in April 1944 as part of 100 group using Mosquitos. At the end of WWII it became a maintenance unit before being sold off in 1957. Quite a lot survives today including the control tower, sections of runway and the peri track right next to St Peters Church.
Can't be many of these lying around! Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre has acquired an original merlin 25 for Just Jane. The engine should arrive from Switzerland next week and has never been run and is still in its original grey paint. Effectively it is a brand new engine and brings the total serviceable units held by the centre to 10.
B24 42-51343 'Shazam' under the control of Lt Dale Williams took off from Hethel on 7 March 1945 heading for Soest Marshalling Yards but, sadly, crashed soon after with the loss of all 10 crew. They crashed shortly after take off in cloudy weather with heavy icing. Because no one survived the crash and the weather clouded the crash from the view of other aircraft and civilians on the ground, the exact cause of the crash was never determined. Three witnesses on the ground saw the aircraft moments before it hit the ground. All said that the aircraft was on fire when it broke through the low clouds and that the plane appeared to level off before the right wing broke off the aircraft and the fuselage crashed into the ground and exploded.
There is a small memorial at St Edmunds Church, Costessey
Although Oulton already had a proper memorial, in 1994 an evergreen oak was also planted in memory of those who lost their lives whilst serving from the airfield. Being evergreen it's a little easier to spot at this time of year!
AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, February 23, 2018 00:42:51 I visited Oulton airfield a couple of years ago (see part way down this page) but on a visit to Blickling Hall I discovered that said hall was requisitioned by the RAF to provide living quarters for aircrew. There are still signs in the attic to help aircrew with hygiene and sanitation but there is also a little museum over the restaurant dedicated to the airfield with the usual human interest stories and a few artefacts. Probably not worth paying the Hall entrance fee just for the museum but worth a look if you are there anyway.
AviationPosted by Gary Wed, February 21, 2018 21:38:01 After seeing the posts by the 'Boss' of memorials he has come across during the last few days, thought I'd show you a memorial project I'm involved with this week at Loughborough Uni. It's a bench which will be 'fixed' over looking the American football pitches at Loughborough University this Saturday. The bench is a memorial bench for Alan Scott a former student at Loughborough and was a member of the American football team 'The Loughborough University 'ACES' . Alan Scott 32 was also Flt Lt Alan Scott RAF who was killed with is friend in Afghanistan in June 2015 when the RAF Puma aircraft which he was part of the crew, was coming in to land at base and struck a security balloon cable which wrapped it's self around the rotor blades with tragic results. I have the honour of giving the bench three-coats of 'danish teak oil'. Over the years I've laid tributes at various memorials but never thought one day I would be involved remembering a hero and I'm honoured to do so.
Just sneaked in to Lincolnshire yesterday for a quick look at Sutton Bridge which, in 1940, became home to the second RAF Spitfire squadron, the first of course being at Duxford. Later the base was home to the Central Gunnery School. The airfield was largely grass and little remains today apart from a nice memorial.
Season starts here? Anyway, after four or five months away I was back at D/X today for a little look at winter maintenance and stuff. Enjoyable visit except for the Workshop Restaurant which is still exactly as bad as last summer. I saw three groups of people sit down, check the menu and leave without eating. Volunteered to complete another survey on leaving the museum and the food 'experience' didn't get very good marks. Still, I went mainly for the airplanes so here's a few in stripped down form.
Miss Helen was still waiting some new tail plane parts, Berlin Express still present and Sally B looks to have had a couple of new panels riveted on either side of the cockpit.
AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, February 09, 2018 19:02:49 After a spot of winter maintenance the Shuttleworth Collection Avro XIX/Anson is due for a repaint. Not seen anything on the new scheme yet but I'm hoping it is a bit more interesting than the current get up.
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