It’s time to remember back to when the skies rumbled with the heavy roar of Lancaster engines and Spitfires zipped over the Fens and Wolds!
The Northern Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage project celebrates the wartime heritage of the area, linking it to airfields with sites further south in Lincolnshire and commemorating ‘Bomber County’.
There are eight World War Two airfields across Northern Lincolnshire, from RAF Sandtoft in the west to RAF Grimsby to the east. Each of these airfields played an important role during the war and has its own unique story to tell, like RAF Goxhill which was the first British Station given over to American control, or RAF Kirton in Lindsey which was home to the famous Eagle Squadron.
The airfields that form part of the project are:
• RAF Elsham Wolds
• RAF Goxhill
• RAF Grimsby (Waltham Airfield)
• RAF Hibaldstow
• RAF Kirmington
• RAF Kirton in Lindsey
• RAF North Killingholme
• RAF Sandtoft
Now when you visit the airfields you can find out about their heritage from newly installed interpretation panels, as well as from the remaining buildings which have stood the test of time. Some of the airfields, like RAF Grimsby, RAF Elsham Wolds and RAF North Killingholme, also have their own museums and memorial rooms to tell the stories of the brave men and women who were stationed there.
Why not pick up a leaflet from your local Tourist Information Centre or visit one of the airfields for yourself to find out more?
If you already have memories of one of our airfields why not share them with us? We would be grateful to hear from anyone who worked at, or remembers the airfields and would be willing to record an oral history – this is a quick, easy and informal way to share your memories.
The project gratefully received funding from the Northern Lincolnshire Local Action Group in order to make this project happen.
The Northern Lincolnshire Rural Local Action Group (LAG) aims to influence and shape rural development across North and North East Lincolnshire. The funding has been made available through the Northern Lincolnshire RDPE LEADER Programme (Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.