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Lincolnshire Air War 1939 to 1945 the crash sites

After reading the book, Lincolnshire Air War 1939-1945 by S.Finn, it soon became apparent just how many planes were lost here in South Lincolnshire, and is one of the reasons why i have pieced together the following links so as we can gain a full understanding of where these planes and their brave men came down. Lives were not always lost, but i must stress that in many cases, they were.

The subject is very hard to write about, and we must be respectful to those who lost their lives at all times. These brave men should never be forgotten, and i hope that in some way, preserving this information about wartime South Lincolnshire will not offend those that lost loved ones, but act as a remembrance of their bravery.   Lest we forget.

During World War Two we had several R.A.F bases here in Lincolnshire. I have provided some links for the following bases .

R.A.F Holbeach –  http://www.raf-lincolnshire.info/holbeach/holbeach.htm

R.A.F Sutton Bridge – http://www.raf-lincolnshire.info/suttonbridge/suttonbridge.htm

R.A.F Market Deeping – http://www.raf-lincolnshire.info/marketdeeping/marketdeeping.htm

The following crash site information has been gathered from the Bomber County Aviation Resource website, and lists all of Lincolnshire from 1939-1945. I have provided the link for each year separately.

1939 crash sites –  http://www.bcar.org.uk/1939-incident-logs                                                           1940 crash sites – http://www.bcar.org.uk/new1940-incident-logs                                                   1941 crash sites – http://www.bcar.org.uk/new1941-incident-logs                                                   1942 crash sites – http://www.bcar.org.uk/new1942-incident-logs                                                   1943 crash sites – http://www.bcar.org.uk/new1943-incident-logs                                                         1944 crash sites – http://www.bcar.org.uk/new1944-incident-logs                                                   1945 crash sites – http://www.bcar.org.uk/new1945-incident-logs

We would be interested to hear what stories you have of World War Two, did you have relatives that served in the local home guard or in the R.A.F ?  If you have a story that has been passed down the generations and needs to be preserved, please feel free to leave a comment.









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  1. I find it very interesting. Lincolnshire airon war by s finn I have both of them and I’ve read no moon to nite .I would like to know if there are any groutstanding that give talks and trips round places of interest to do with old airfieldsml

  2. I have an 85 year old neighbour who tell me that her father was a member of the Royal Observer Corps based at Claypole in Lincs.
    She tells me that during the war her father and uncle witnessed a plane crashing onto a thatched cottage in Hough on the Hill.
    The cottage belonged to a relative of theirs and was completely destroyed.
    I can’t see any reference to a crash on Hough on the Hill in the records.
    The nearest one listed in 1.5 miles outside Hough on the Hill.
    She believes that the crash happened some time in the middle of the war.
    Has anybody got any information on this crash?

    1. I know the full story of the air crash on the house at Hough on the hill as it was my great aunt and uncle who died. It was June 9th 1942.

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  4. I was a child still in short pants when I as with my Grandmother on a bus travelling from Holbeach in the direction of Whaplode St Catherines. About two miles outside of Holbeach the coach suddenly screeched to a halt and the menfolk started running into a field. A British fighter plane (spifire or hurricane) had come down in flames and the men were rushing to he aid of the pilot.
    I have no knowledge of the outcome, but I remember explosions from the bullets but my Grandmother had covered my head as she sat between me and the window.
    Have often wondered what was the outcome.

  5. My grandfather Jim Allison was in the crash of Lancaster ND366 as bomb aimer. It finished his war, so he was in many ways luckier than so many others. He was on rerun to RAF Binbrook from Magdeburg in the battle of Berlin 21/22 Jan 1944. I would be particularly thrilled to hear from anyone who knows anything about the crash on Whitegate Hill, Caistor, especially any photos or location details,

    As I understand it (I stand to be corrected) from my own research, the pilot Teece refused to take on the responsibility of flying a crew again (I believe he’d already crashed once in a “second dicky” trip and would only have had a handful of op’s under his belt at this point) and got himself transferred to a training unit subsequently. The flight engineer faced a court of inquiry due to the technical error which led to the crash. Ronald Mansfield survived a few more months before crashing on take off from Binbrook due to incorrectly set trim (his damaged jacket from the ND366 crash above is with the AWM (Australian War Memorial) and viewable online. Gerry Norwood as rear gunner flipped through the air and landed with the machine guns embedded in his chest, a very lucky survival, he only died recently and I believe was involved in appearances during the bomber command memorial fundraising a few years ago, he has also left an audio recording with the IBCC (International Bomber Command Centre) at Lincoln which includes a description of this very crash (again available online).
    My grandad survived the war and after a long recuperation string in Louth, returned home to Cupar, Fife and the bank job he had to beg to be allowed to leave to sign up in the first place; The trainee he’d brought through prior now had his position. He spent most of his career as a bank manager at TSB in Blackburn, Lancashire.

    1. I think it’s probably a little outside our area. But you never know. Thanks Geoff

  6. Does anybody know where the Dornier excavated at Shorts Corner ,Frithville is now? I can’t remember when it was but they managed to get lots of things out of the aeroplane as it was clay soil & so was preserved.

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