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Report - RAF Wigsley, Notts, April 2015 and September 2016


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RAF Wigsley, located 8 miles west of Lincoln, was built in 1942 as a standard bomber airfield. In total there were 17 different sites including sick quarters and a sewage works. The watch tower was of three story design and quite unique design. It opened in the same year under the administration of 5 Group Bomber Command and served as a satellite base for RAF Swinderby. Its brief time as an operational airfield started when the Hampdens of 455 Squadron arrived in February 1942 before being moved to RAF Leuchars in May. Then in June became a major training station for 5 Group which included a mix of Lancasters and Manchesters. By April 1943, Wigsley was an all-Lancaster airfield before re-equipping with Stirlings. Its training role came to an end in September 1945 and was placed on Care and Maintenance in 1946. The airfield was reactivated in the 1950s as a Relief Landing Ground for the Vampires and Meteors of RAF Swinderby until closing permanently in April 1958.

Over the years the site’s most imposing building, the watch tower, has been very badly vandalised and survives along with a few of the Technical Site buildings. The runways were torn up many years ago and are now used as a pig farm.

Airfield & Technical Site: Bdg No. 64, Watch Office from the road:
img8639 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Close up of the watch Office:
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    Inside it’s fairly bleak:

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    Up the stairs to the second floor:

    img8659 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    …even better views await:

    img8653 by HughieDW, on Flickr

  2. A few more externals for good measure:

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    And the tower in its full glory:

    img8666 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Across the road is Airfield & Technical Site: Bdg No. 90, Sub Station

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    And this:

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    Airfield & Technical Site: Bdg No. 96, a very tidy and clean Stanton Shelter:

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The decontamination is on the north side of the village. It’s easy access as it isn’t fenced off and a public footpath runs right next to it. The only battle you have to do is with nature and the omnipresent brambles! Here’s the pictures:

How long before that falls down!

img7771 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Pipe on decontamination block’s wall:

img802 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Nature enveloping the decontamination block:

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Well looky here:

img7811 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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Nature reclaiming the roof of these old RAF huts too:

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As per usual all windows are smashed!

img7777 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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Some of the huts were being used for storage:

img7797 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Ivy is everywhere:

img7800 by HughieDW, on Flickr

More RAF huts:

img7779 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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An unsmashed window pane here!

img7790 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7804 by HughieDW, on Flickr


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Whaaaaaaaat.... I've definitely driven past this at some point without realising :eek: Looks good though, I like the shelter


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Deffo worth a look but the watch tower is now more difficult as it has been purchased and the owner lives on site in a mobile home.


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Deffo worth a look but the watch tower is now more difficult as it has been purchased and the owner lives on site in a mobile home.
I remember something about that actually, I think it was in the Lincolnite a year or so ago, or at least shared on their facebook page. I didn't think anything more of it at the time, but really should've got and checked it out


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Anyone know if this is still easily accessible?? Or if it’s still standing ... planning to go soon, thank you

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