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Sorry for the outdated photo but this is the location of the former RAF Balderton main entrance where the memorial Will be placed . ... See MoreSee Less

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Remembering RAF Balderton.
Please join us at the former main entrance to RAF Balderton to remember and give thanks to all who served at RAF Balderton from 1941-1954.
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We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who can attend the unveiling of the memorial at RAF Balderton on Saturday the 31st August at 1100 hrs and afterwards at St Giles church hall main street Balderton. If you would please let us know if you are able to attend as we have to inform the police about numbers ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

RAF Balderton Research Group

For myself and Leighton it is the accumulation of 27 years workJust a reminder 3 weeks today we will be unveiling a memorial at this spot at the former main entrance to RAF Balderton.
So please pop along Saturday 31st August between 1030 and 11.00 Am.
We will after the service be putting on a display and food and drinks at Balderton village hall.
So please support us in this bit of history and remember the personal who served at this long forgotten airfield who 70 plus years ago walked through these gates.
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Just a reminder 3 weeks today we will be unveiling a memorial at this spot at the former main entrance to RAF Balderton.
So please pop along Saturday 31st August between 1030 and 11.00 Am.
We will after the service be putting on a display and food and drinks at Balderton village hall.
So please support us in this bit of history and remember the personal who served at this long forgotten airfield who 70 plus years ago walked through these gates.
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Just had this coloured gives it a bit of life ... See MoreSee Less

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RAF Balderton Research Group in association with the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust are proud to announce the Unveiling of a Memorial at the Main Entrance to the old airfield on Saturday 31/08/2019
Official times will be posted when we know them
Afterwards there will be a get together at St Giles church hall on Main Street Balderton
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Lancaster L7578 was at RAF Balderton with 1668 HCU before transferring to No 5 Lancaster finishing school, crashed at Gelbe farm Gonalstone with the loss of all crew, they are buried together in Newark cemetery ... See MoreSee Less

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RAF Balderton former main entrance pictured today 20,7,19
70 + years ago many brave souls crossed these gates never to return and we must never forget the groundcrew who did there bit in keeping the brave aircrew and aircraft operational.
We has a group will always remember the lost aircrews and the survivors.
LEST WE FORGET.
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RAF Balderton 2019 photographs taken from what was the west side of the former airfield. The runways that once graced this side have now sadly been removed and mined for gypsum. Thankfully St. Gobain who mine the site are slowly back filling the site and planting thousands of trees and a nature reserve will take its place and this special site that served its nation well will be at peace and back to nature.
Thankyou to Milan Petrovic for the photographs.
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RAF Balderton 2019 pictured above the eastern side of the former airfield this part is where the technical site was located.
Thank you to Milan Petrovic for the wonderful photos.
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Exclusive to the group. We now have a small stock of this picture in two sizes.
We have 7 18x12 at £29 plus postage
Also 2 12x8 at £19 plus postage
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Great write up in school magazine ... See MoreSee Less

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A massive congratulations to Debbie and Leighton on your wedding have an amazing day xxx ... See MoreSee Less

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The RAF Balderton memorial tree pictured today at Newark Air museum.22/6/19. ... See MoreSee Less

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Came across these from Shaun Noble who is such a great help to the group regarding the sale of former RAF Balderton airfield building's up for auction in the 1950s.
So sad nothing remains of them .
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Nottingham post newspaper clipping from August 1941 reporting on the tragic loss of life when a 25 OTU Hampden bomber flying from RAF Balderton crashed into a house on London road sadly killing 6 children and 2 members of the Hampden bomber.
LEST WE FORGET.
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Former Perimeter track and Hangar base pictured in 1944 and 2019. ... See MoreSee Less

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Had to remove the picture of the Lancaster due to copyright but have been sent a new one so I can now tell you that the sizes will be 18x12 at £29 and 12x8 at £19 so if you would like to order one please let me know ... See MoreSee Less

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Remembering the US 439th Troop Carrier Group, who trained at RAF Balderton (AAF STATION - 482) before moving to Upottery to take part in the D-Day Operations 75 years ago.
LEST WE FORGET 🇺🇸
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3 months ago

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RAF Balderton Research Group today at the lanc and tanks event at East Kirkby. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a quick reminder RAF Balderton Research Group will be displaying this Saturday 25th May and bank holiday Monday May 27th at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre for the Lancs and tanks event.
Our display for both days will be inside the hangar.
We look forward to seeing you if you are visiting.
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Just a reminder that we have key rings, fridge magnets, wristbands both adults and children’s and we have a new stock of our book Station of Nations.
Key rings £2.50
Fridge magnets £2.00
Wristbands £2.00
Book £17.00
All money raised from the sale of these items will help the group improve its display and also help us to find the long awaited memorial
If you would like any of the above items please let us know
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New Suthers school due to open next spring coming along on the old airfield ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

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Fantastic memorial to the crew of 408 SQN (RCAF) Hampden bomber (AE 244) EQ-P lost on operations from RAF Balderton in 1942.🇨🇦
LEST WE FORGETSo after a long day another RAF bomber crew are remembered here in Belgium. What a fantastic day, thank you so much to the Belgium people and the local Authorities. Wings Museum located the crash site after a 10 year search and we provided the metal plaque. Handley Page Hampden serial number AE244 was shot down in the night of 1st August 1942 and crashed at Zevendonk near Turnhout in Belgium. As always the Belgian people did a fantastic job in remembering the crew who lost their lives on that fateful night. We will share some videos once we are back in the UK.
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Waco glider of the U.S 439th Troop Carrier Group being loaded at RAF Balderton (AAF-STATION 482) during 1944.🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less

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Cliff Watson, sadly died 2018, who served with 150 and 227 Squadrons as a Rear Gunner on Wellingtons, Stirling’s and Lancaster’s and also completed an amazing 76 Ops.
Cliff, whilst serving at RAF Balderton with 227 Squadron, was part of Squadron Leader Chesters crew.
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Some more information from Shaun
The crew of 439th troop carrier group C47 on the 18th September 1944 hit by flak over Holland and crash landed
Pilot Joseph A Beck survived, POW in Stalag Luft 3
Vincent J Paterno survived, POW in Stalag Luft 1
Vernon E Gillespie survived, POW Stalag 11b
Carels P Patterson survived
Fred O Lorimore KIA, killed by German small arms fire.

The crew of Waco Glider being towed by Becks C47, crash landed
Arthur G Kronos Jr survived, POW Stalag Luft 1
William B Smurr survived, POW Stalag 3b
John F Bonk survived, POW Stalag 3c
Raymond S Hall survived POW Oflag 64 or 21b

Raymond S Hall
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We will be attending a memorial event organised by RAFA Balderton at the Lancaster Grange care home on Saturday June 1st from 1245 there will be a flypast at 1330. It is their annual memorial service for all those who served at RAF Balderton. They have asked if any surviving veterans and any family members of former air and ground crew if they would like to attend. If you would then please let us know by the 12th May so they can organise catering ... See MoreSee Less

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FO R. T. Ward and crew 1944 - PO S. J. Pirt, and Sgts. R. D.Pigg, K.Dodd, A. W.Wood, A. W.Langabeer and R. P. F. Hoddinott. Scanned from the copy of Freddie Hulances 9J and in the possession of his son John Hulance and kindly loaned to us. All the images in his copy are actual photo prints! ... See MoreSee Less

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A massive thanks to Shaun Noble for these photos. Lt later Colonel Arthur Gaines Ray pilot of B17 42 3335 Fickle Finger which was forced to land at RAF Balderton in 1944 ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

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Some photos of RAF Balderton Research Groups display today at St Giles church hall. ... See MoreSee Less

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A massive thank you to all that attended our open day today it was a great success. Thank you to all those that purchased books and the other items we had on sale today. And all those who bought raffle tickets. We made the draw just before the close this afternoon and I will be in touch with every one who won as soon as possible. To those who did not win thank you for taking part and I can assure you that the money raised will go towards keeping the memory of RAF Balderton alive ... See MoreSee Less

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Squadron Leader W J Burnett in 408(Goose) squadron Hampden ... See MoreSee Less

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Wing commander David Balme DSO DFC of 227 squadron RAF. ... See MoreSee Less

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Arthur Haywood mid-upper gunner in 227sqd Lancaster 9J-P PA280 during a trip over Düsseldorf in June 1945 ... See MoreSee Less

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Going through the 227 Squadron orb reference F/O Freddie Hullance crew photo the only name I can find for a Harry is A426313 W/O H A Brown who was rear gunner on their last operational flight from RAF Balderton on the 4th April 1945 ... See MoreSee Less

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We now have key rings and both adult and children’s wristbands. Key rings £2.50 wristband £2.00. Don’t forget we still have fridge magnets £2.00. All funds raised from the sale of these items will be used for the proposed memorial and to help keep the memory’s of RAF Balderton alive ... See MoreSee Less

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C.O of the 439th Troop Carrier Group,LT Col Charles H Young pictured(right) with his brother Captain John N Young who was a B17 pilot with the 34th Bombardment group based at Mendlesham in Suffolk.
Although not 100% sure this particular photo was taken at RAF Balderton (USAAF STATION -482 ) in September 44, I thought I would share it because I know Col young and his brother did spend time together at RAF Balderton when his brother was on leave early in September 1944.🇺🇸
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U.S. service personnel pictured at RAF Balderton (USAAF-STATION 482) in 1944.🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less

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USAAF personnel pictured along with Waco gliders at RAF Balderton (USAAF-STATION 482) in 1944. 🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less

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An amazing job done for us by Andy Ward can’t wait to get her back ... See MoreSee Less

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Map done now we are ready for the open day ... See MoreSee Less

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The last of the 20 boards done, now for the map ... See MoreSee Less

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We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who as contributed photos and stories to the group over the past 3 years. There are far to many to name but there are some who keep giving us little gems you know who you are and we are always excited to see them, they all add to the fantastic display we are able to put on. For the open day I have been able to fill twenty display boards on both sides for the first time ever. We will endeavour to take the display as it is to all the events we are attending this year. As you know we are only a small group with a great following, and we stand in awe of all those brave men and women who served at RAF Balderton. Don’t forget to listen to Radio Newark on Monday evening when Colin and I will be updating everyone with our plans for the coming year ... See MoreSee Less

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227 Squadron done ... See MoreSee Less

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RAF Balderton Research Group would like to wish Ken Fawcett a former 227 Squadron Mid upper gunner who was stationed at RAF Balderton 1944/45 a very Happy Birthday. 🎁🎉🎈 ... See MoreSee Less

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439th Done now for 227 Squadron ... See MoreSee Less

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408 Squadron boards done ... See MoreSee Less

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Big Thankyou to James Phipps for sending across the wonderful images of 227 Squadron skipper Freddie Hulance and crew possibly pictured at RAF Balderton.
James was a family friend of Ken Buxton who was the navigator of the crew pictured.
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While searching Canadian records I came across this it was amongst 408 Squadron pilot Richard Lawrence Gordon’s files. Any ideas anyone ... See MoreSee Less

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A massive thank you to James Phipps for posting this photo of 227 Squadron veteran Ken Buxton, it was taken in 2012 and sadly Ken as passed on. Ken was navigator on Freddie Hulance’s crew ... See MoreSee Less

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Airfield boards done both sides ready for our open day on the 6th April at St Giles Church hall Main Street Balderton ... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

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75 years ago today . Ng 170 . ... See MoreSee Less

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RAF Balderton Research Group are pleased to Announce ... See MoreSee Less

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I now have four of these bricks ... See MoreSee Less

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Thankyou to former (227 squadron) mid upper gunner Ken Fawcett for sharing this wonderful photo of himself along with 2 members of his crew and 3 ground crew and most definitely 100% at RAF Balderton in 1945. ... See MoreSee Less

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Photo of the Ground Crew possibly RAF Balderton or RAF Strubby in 1944 /45.
Thankyou Peter Allam.
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I was called up to the School building site this morning to look at some foundations that they had unearthed just of Cross Lane and I believe that they could have found the foundations to Hanger 1 looking at the size and location there is nothing else in that area it is likely to be. Opinions on the Photos please In the first two pictures you have the edge of the foundation nearest to Cross lane the second and third are of large concrete pads going south west the fourth shows the distance to the spoil heap from the edge of the trench and this is the area the foundations were found and the area is similar to the size of a T2 hangar about 73mts X 35mts. Picture five shows the edge of the trench picture six is strange it is wire cable with a rope centre picture seven is more rubble pictures eight and nine are of a land drain in the big trench. The rest are just general photos of the site and the last one is of the spoil heap on the west side of the A1 created by Gypsum ... See MoreSee Less

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The group now has Fridge Magnets for sale at £2.00. If you would like one then please let me know ... See MoreSee Less

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Isobel & Joyce Strong(sisters) with May ?? in the middle. ... See MoreSee Less

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Back Row left to right Lofty, Ginger, Wally Lancaster, ??
Front Row Casey, ??, Arnold Dale (Isobels friend).
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Coming along nicely still a bit to do ... See MoreSee Less

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Anyone any ideas how I can make those engine tents have tried several different things but nothing looks right ... See MoreSee Less

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Can we say a big Thank You to Ian Bennett for sharing this wonderful photo of his grandad Donald Bennett, and his 227 Squadron crew.
Thought it deserved pride of place on our main Facebook page.
Thank you Ian.
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This wonderful drawing by former (227 Squadron) Mid upper Air Gunner sergeant Donald Bennett showing the nose art that adorned the front of there Lancaster (9J-R) hence the jolly Roger.The aircraft was skipperd by flying officer German pictured on the previous post . ... See MoreSee Less

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F/O German and crew (227 Sqn) pictured beside there Lancaster 9J-R (Jolly Roger) at RAF Strubby shortly after moving from there former base RAF Balderton in April 1945. ... See MoreSee Less

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A Massive Thank you to Michael Jeans for this information on F/O J M Johnston and the Fate of 227 Squadron Lancaster NG170 9J-S ... See MoreSee Less

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Nelson Binch The Father of Victor Hugh Binch Lost on the 4th March 1945 in Lancaster NG170 9J-S ... See MoreSee Less

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Today I have spoken to the site manager of the new school build on airfield he is very interested in what we are doing and has promised to contact me if they find anything unusual/interesting. He is also interested in seeing what we have regarding the History of RAF Balderton. The school is been built on the northern edge of the airfield ... See MoreSee Less

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Reichsweld Forest War Cemetery
The final resting place of four of the crew from Lancaster NG170 9J-S
Side by Side for Eternity
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7 months ago

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Big Thankyou to Peter Allam for sharing this photo of 227 Squadron pilot F/O Johnston (RAAF) who along with 3 other members of his crew were sadly killed on operations to DORTMUND-ELMS CANAL (LADBERGEN) on the 3/4 March 1945 in Lancaster NG170 (9J-S) flying from RAF Balderton. THE Lancaster was shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Altenberge in Germany, the surviving 3 members of the crew became prisoners of war.
LEST WE FORGET.
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NG170. 9J-S flying officer J M Johnston and crew we think lost on the night of the 3/4th March 1945 on a raid over Ladburgen ... See MoreSee Less

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227 Squadron Lancaster Bomber. ... See MoreSee Less

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