IN REACH OF THE SKIES

KNETTISHALL

NORTH KILLINGHOLME

HEMSWELL

ELSHAM WOLDS

GOXHILL

WALMER

EAST MOOR

TOCKWITH

ACASTER MALBIS

Knettishall in suffolk was home to USAAF 388th Bomb Group (H) in WWII. Long since closed it is still possible to find significant runway remains and an old re-clad hangar. There is also an impressive memorial. From August 2014.

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Initially opening in1914, North Killingholme was re-opened in WWII as an RAF bomber station and was operational in 1944 and 1945. Now reverted to agriculture with some light industrial use as well. To date my only sighting has been from the air, but it was from a Lancaster!

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Hemswell in Lincolnshire was an RAF bomber base for 20 years from 1937 and later became a missile base before closing in 1937. It is now used for agriculture and also as a small industrial estste. Shot in August 2014

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Elsham Wolds in Lincolnshire was a WWII RAF bomber base that opened in 1941 and was home to 103 squadron. Closing in 1947 it has largely reverted to agriculture and is also home to a small industrial estate. A couple of hangars survive and a memorial museum can also be found on part of the old airfield - see the museums section of the website. Again, August 2014.

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Goxhill in Lincolnshire was initially an RAF Bomber Command base after it opened in 1941 but found little use and was eventually handed over to the USAAF who used it as a staging/training base before crews moved on to combat bases. It was used after the war by the RAF for storage before closing on 1962. Many buildings remain, some serving as small industrial units and the hangars also survive. Sadly most of the runways were dug up to make way for trout fishery ponds and agriculture has taken over the remainder of the field. Also August 2014.

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Walmer Aerodrome was located on the coast just above Walmer Castle near Deal. It served to support WWI excursions in to France being home to Sopwith Camels amongst others. This was of course a grass strip and it closed after the war. A memorial to aircrew was erected in 1920 making it one of the oldest such memorials in the country.

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East Moor is a former WWII bomber field a little north of York that was used mainly by RCAF Halifaxes. A few original buildings remain on a small industrial estate and some runways and taxi ways are also still evident but as these March 2015 shots show, most of the field has returned to farming.

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Tockwith or Marston Moor as it was also known, was a heavy conversion unit in Yorkshire that at one time boasted Leonard Cheshire as base commander. No longer an active airfield many buildings, including the control tower, remain as part of a business park that has restricted access and some of the old runways are used for carting and driving tuition. A few pictures from March 2015.

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Acaster Malbis near York became operational in 1942 mainly with Flying Training Command. In 1943 it was converted into a heavy bomber base but never became active in theis respect. The field suffered from mist and fog due to the close proximity of the river Ouse and so was mainly used for training and as a Heavy Conversion unit. The field gradually ran down and ceased to be active in 1957. The runways are still very apparent, the control tower still exists as do a couple of other buildings including a re-clad hangar. I visited in March 2015.

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