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Report - RAF Wellingore, Lincs, March 2016

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by HughieD, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Been through Wellingore too many times to time count but never got off the main road through this hilltop Lincs village and to the south-east where the former WW2 airfield is situated. There is still quite a lot to see here and from the pictures I’d seen of the place knew it was well worth a visit. And when I finally got round to going it didn’t disappoint. There’s Pillbox a-plenty along with defended dispersals plus a reasonable condition Battle HQ. There was even the unexpected bonus of some other RAF buildings just west of the main airfield. This Technical Site for RAF Wellingore includes a power house, two large ‘Maycrete type’ workshops and a blast shelter. Which all-in-all made for a very satisfying explore. Here’s the history bit.

    The airfield originally opened in 1917 as a Royal Naval Air Service station called Wellingore Heath. It then re-opened in 1935 and remained in active service until the end of the Second World War, finally closing in 1947. It had two grass runways, a concrete perimeter track and one extra over blister hanger and seven blister hangers. The site just south of village was used as Relief Landing Ground (RLG) by Cranwell until June 1940 and then as a satellite site for RAF Digby with 46 Squadron Hurricanes and 29 Squadron Blenheims and Beaufighters. Notable personalities include Wing Commander Guy Gibson who lived with his young wife in the nearby Navenby village. The station was also used as a prisoner of war (POW) camp for prisoners from Germany and the Ukraine. It operated as a work camp, where inmates were sent to work as labourers in the local area. The land was then given back to the local land-owner (the Overtons). Many of the original buildings, including the control have been demolished but many others, as mentioned earlier, still remain. Immediately to the east of the airfield runs the High Dyke (Ermine Street Roman Road).

    Here’s the pix. Former technical site first.

    Oooh…this looks promising:

    25582791173_b221fdee7a_b.jpg img4811 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Very promising. Is this the power-house?

    26092961752_a4b65088f2_b.jpg img4812 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Think this is one of the Maycrete type’ workshops:

    26185473465_143422a113_b.jpg img4832 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And another workshop…

    25912453260_30caa07245_b.jpg img4816 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26118908111_ce33cdc63a_b.jpg img4818 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    These are definitely the blast trenches:

    26092757872_30541d7ff3_b.jpg img4821 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Nature is ever-advancing:

    26092695152_619438468a_b.jpg img4823 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26118784621_b7f050fdaa_b.jpg img4824 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    25912148820_cefe600d02_b.jpg img4830 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The workshops are used by the local farmer for storage now:

    26092722192_133efa0555_b.jpg img4822 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Including this old dog kennel called ‘Bone View’:

    25580336944_5a5da7e74d_b.jpg img4825 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And this vintage piece of farm machinery:

    25912116150_3897805c66_b.jpg img4831 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Here’s the obligatory old RAF toilet shot:

    26185064635_7695182d93_b.jpg img4828 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the main site:

    25913231490_0d2c1b9a92_b.jpg img4833 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    There are plenty of pillboxes scattered around:

    26093615312_2d76f27489_b.jpg img4834 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    25581257934_6a4d4e5afc_b.jpg img4839 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This one’s sealed but a peek through the slit reveals the iron gun loop mounts intact:

    26119709741_892b8c8d02_b.jpg img4835 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    There are plenty of defended dispersals too:

    26119661451_6624960394_b.jpg img4840 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26119600531_1e40785b06_b.jpg img4843 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    25913029680_33a8dab163_b.jpg img4844 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26159930836_a192a8c249_b.jpg img4845 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    25912979220_b321960b99_b.jpg img4846 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26159867156_f789d38412_b.jpg img4848 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26093309932_6d634a0427_b.jpg img4849 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This pillbox is on the site’s perimeter:

    25583066143_baea47d746_b.jpg img4851 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Again with the machine-gun mounts present:

    25583030083_334413f164_b.jpg img4853 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26119259671_ce5acd2542_b.jpg img4856 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Finally we have the Battle HQ:

    26159672026_12be38b383_b.jpg img4858 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26119243151_5e77fd5c81_b.jpg img4859 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26093667562_c421774275_b.jpg img4862 by HughieDW, on Flickr
     
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  2. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Good shots history as always :thumb
     
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