In Reach


Posted by Peter Smith Mon, March 18, 2019 23:59:25

I ventured on to a rather potholed peri track on the north side of this former 9 Squadron airfield for a little look around. Runways do still exist of a fashion but are home to chicken huts and piles of hay bales. There are piles of rubble where former buildings stood but there is a nice memorial on the village green just down the road.

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Posted by Peter Smith Sun, March 17, 2019 16:34:01

A trip to Lincolnshire wouldn't be complete without a visit to the BBMF at Coningsby. It is of course still off season, although the Dak was part of the Sheffield flypast a couple of weeks back, so the fleet is all under maintenance. A couple of Spits are off site, one at Biggin and one at Duxford but both Hurricanes were in the hangar.

Arriving mid afternoon in mid week in March meant that the centre was pretty quiet and after initially being told there was a 50 minute wait for the next tour we ultimately waited a little over 5 minutes and the nice lady at the desk got hold of Lloyd who took just the two of us round for an interesting and informative visit.


Posted by Peter Smith Sat, March 16, 2019 23:38:55

Fiskerton is another Lincolnshire airfield of which little remains. It was also Fido equipped and was home to 49 and 576 bomber squadrons. A road now runs right through the middle of the airfield and most of the runways have been lifted. However small sections remain and a memorial is sited where they meet the road.

Ludford MagnaAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Fri, March 15, 2019 23:17:20

Ludford Magna opened in 1943 and was the highest bomber airfield in England. It was primarily home to 101 squadron and was also one of the few FIDO equipped fields. Closed many years ago there is little trace of the airfield although we were hampered by a road closure. However a memorial on the main road is easy to find and buildings from the former accommodation site are still in use and we spotted an access track.

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Posted by Peter Smith Thu, March 14, 2019 17:22:34

There's seems to have been a howling gale most of this week up in Lincs so quite appropriate to catch this in the murk!

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Spirit of ValAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Thu, March 14, 2019 17:14:31

Last time I saw Tony Agar's impressive Mosquito project she was at Elvington. Since then she has moved up to East Kirkby where one engine now runs and the other is being worked on with a view to airfield taxi runs in future. Work was clearly ongoing.

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East KirkbyAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Wed, March 13, 2019 20:53:45

It's nearly 7 years since I was last at East Kirkby and one or two things have changed in that time although, sadly, progress on the Hampden project is not one of them! Still, it was nice to have a wander round and the pie and chips in the Naafi went down a treat!

Just Jane winter maintenanceAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Wed, March 13, 2019 18:43:19

Needing something under cover to escape the torrential rain yesterday made a visit to East Kirkby a good excuse, especially as I do not have to pay smiley

Anyway, Jane is in the midst of the latest round of restoration that may see her fly in a few years down the line. Work over the winter has focussed on the port fin rebuild and port undercarriage attachment overhaul.

Woodhall Spa memorialsAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Tue, March 12, 2019 19:43:42

Popped by Woodhall Spa to look at the new memorial to 617 Squadron that marks their sacrifices since the end of WWII. Also pleased to see that the original Dambuster memorial is looking fine following its partial collapse back in 2015.


Posted by Peter Smith Tue, March 12, 2019 00:02:53

Had a quick look at this former bomber airfield. It used to be one of the few FIDO equipped fields in Lincolnshire and was also the base from which Norman Jackson flew when he won his VC for climbing out on to the wing of a burning Lancaster of 106 squadron. Most evidence of the airfield has been demolished although the main runway is still obvious as a road runs down the centre. There is also a nice memorial.


Posted by Peter Smith Sun, March 10, 2019 19:50:10

This is of course the Vulcan famous for the first Black Buck bombing raid on the Falklands back in 1982. It has been on display at Waddington for many years although it has taken me until now to get a long for a quick look. Given its history I'm sure this particular airframe could be the centre piece of a purpose built display rather than be left sitting outside although I guess its not going to happen and so she keeps watch over activity at the airfield but all was quiet whilst I was there.

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Les NeavesAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Sat, March 09, 2019 23:50:32

Around 2 1/2 years ago whilst in Germany I reported on Les and his crew who we found in Berlin War Cemetery.

I am pleased to say that since our visit the wingman's friend has made her own visit to Germany to pay her personal respects. Today at Lincoln we thought to check that Les was present on the memorial wall, which he was.

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IBCC LincolnAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Sat, March 09, 2019 19:56:38

The IBCC is the International Bomber Command Centre and, in their own words

"is a world-class facility to serve as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command. Providing the most comprehensive record of the Command in the world, the IBCC ensures that generations to come can learn of their vital role in protecting the freedom we enjoy today."

The centre opened to the public a little over a year ago and I visited for the first time today. Apart from a small parking charge the centre is free and outside is a memorial spire surrounded by steel walls inscribed with the names of each of the 57,861 men and women who lost their lives serving with Bomber Command. Inside the centre is a shop area, a very reasonable café and also an exhibition area for which there is a charge. This includes various audio visual elements that bring to life the bombing campaign of WWII and the experiences of those involved, including ground crews and station Waafs.

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Around D/XAviation

Posted by Peter Smith Fri, March 08, 2019 23:27:45

A few more snaps from today's visit. The Harvard was in the air as we arrived so caught couple of shots. P51 GA-S started up and moved out while I was in the lunch queue so I left the wingman to sort the order and saw a short display. Also caught the Hurricane being moved down to the Stephenson hangar although they struggled to get it out due to lack of space. Miss Helen was towed down to the Stephenson as we got there. If I understood correctly the Blenheim should be going down in a couple of weeks so things are moving along for the start of the season. Concord was open today so had a walk through as it is a good few years since I was last aboard.

Something missing!Aviation

Posted by Peter Smith Fri, March 08, 2019 19:57:39

Sally B seemed to be lacking a certain something today.

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