2 days ago
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. ... See MoreSee Less
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
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 ... See MoreSee Less
New Suthers school due to open next spring coming along on the old airfield ... See MoreSee Less
RAF Balderton Research Group shared a post.
2 weeks ago
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. ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
Waco glider of the U.S 439th Troop Carrier Group being loaded at RAF Balderton (AAF-STATION 482) during 1944.🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less
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. ... See MoreSee Less
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 ... See MoreSee Less
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
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
1 month ago
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
Some photos of RAF Balderton Research Groups display today at St Giles church hall. ... See MoreSee Less
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
Squadron Leader W J Burnett in 408(Goose) squadron Hampden ... See MoreSee Less
Wing commander David Balme DSO DFC of 227 squadron RAF. ... See MoreSee Less
Arthur Haywood mid-upper gunner in 227sqd Lancaster 9J-P PA280 during a trip over Düsseldorf in June 1945 ... See MoreSee Less
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
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
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.🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less
U.S. service personnel pictured at RAF Balderton (USAAF-STATION 482) in 1944.🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less
USAAF personnel pictured along with Waco gliders at RAF Balderton (USAAF-STATION 482) in 1944. 🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less
An amazing job done for us by Andy Ward can’t wait to get her back ... See MoreSee Less
Map done now we are ready for the open day ... See MoreSee Less
The last of the 20 boards done, now for the map ... See MoreSee Less
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
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
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. ... See MoreSee Less
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
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
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
RAF Balderton Research Group shared a post.
3 months ago
75 years ago today . Ng 170 . ... See MoreSee Less
RAF Balderton Research Group are pleased to Announce ... See MoreSee Less
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
Photo of the Ground Crew possibly RAF Balderton or RAF Strubby in 1944 /45.
Thankyou Peter Allam. ... See MoreSee Less
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
The group now has Fridge Magnets for sale at £2.00. If you would like one then please let me know ... See MoreSee Less
Isobel & Joyce Strong(sisters) with May ?? in the middle. ... See MoreSee Less
Back Row left to right Lofty, Ginger, Wally Lancaster, ??
Front Row Casey, ??, Arnold Dale (Isobels friend). ... See MoreSee Less
Coming along nicely still a bit to do ... See MoreSee Less
Anyone any ideas how I can make those engine tents have tried several different things but nothing looks right ... See MoreSee Less
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. ... See MoreSee Less
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
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
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
Nelson Binch The Father of Victor Hugh Binch Lost on the 4th March 1945 in Lancaster NG170 9J-S ... See MoreSee Less
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
Reichsweld Forest War Cemetery
The final resting place of four of the crew from Lancaster NG170 9J-S
Side by Side for Eternity ... See MoreSee Less
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. ... See MoreSee Less
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
Lancaster PA280 pictured on the production line at Vickers-armstrong (Chester) factory in early 1945.
Subsequently PA280 was delivered to 227 Squadron RAF Balderton in March 1945 taking squadron code (9J-P), before moving with the squadron in April 1945 to RAF Strubby from where she remained till the war finally ended. PA280 was then transferred to No.115 squadron in September 1945 then finally 22 maintenance unit before finally being scrapped 1947/48
The bottom photo is of PA280 (9J-P) with 227 commanding officer wing commander Millington David Balme and crew in April 1945 ... See MoreSee Less
U.S Glider pilots pictured together at RAF Balderton (U.S AAF STATION 482) in 1944.
Thankyou to Kim Chamberlain for letting us share this great photo of which includes her late father Ed Friedland. ... See MoreSee Less
I’m sorry to have to report the passing of another former member of 227 Squadron. F/O Howard’s Bomb Aimer Richard Lawrence died on December 19th, aged 95 in Dorset. The photo shows Richard receiving the Legion of Honour back in 2015. RIP. ... See MoreSee Less
On the night of the 1st/2nd January 1945 227 Squadron committed 16 Lancaster’s on a raid to bomb Gravenhorst. 15 aircraft completed this raid and returned safely, 5 diverted to Milltown, 1 to Marston Moor and the other 9 diverted to Dallachy. The 16th aircraft flown by F/O Allen abandoned the mission early due to electrical problems. There were no operations for 408 Squadron for these dates in 1942. ... See MoreSee Less
Pete and Carol would like to wish Leighton, Debbie, Colin and the rest of our wonderful BRG Followers a Very Happy New Year and let’s hope the we can fulfil all our hopes for 2019 ... See MoreSee Less
On the night of the 30th/ 31st December 1944 227 Squadron committed 12 Lancaster’s on a bombing raid over Houffalize. All 12 aircraft returned safely to base.
No operations for 408 Squadron for these dates in 1941. ... See MoreSee Less
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of the passing of 227 Squadron veteran Cliff Watson, he served with 150 and 227 Squadrons as a Rear Gunner on Wellingtons, Sterling’s and Lancaster’s and completed an amazing 76 Ops
He joined up in September 1940 and was demobbed on the 8th June 1946 and rose to the rank of Flying Officer.
We all thank you for your service and bravery during those dark years.
Per Ardua Ad Astra ... See MoreSee Less
On the night of the 28/29th December 227 Squadron committed 5 Lancaster’s on a raid to bomb shipping at Horten all 5 returned safely to base.
408 Squadron RCAF Committed 13 Hampden’s on a raid to bomb the Synthetic Rubber plant at Hulls. 12 returned safely to base but Hampden P1165 EQ-B flown by P/O Brackenbury failed to return. Sergeants Thane, Williams and Isaac were all killed and are buried in Winterswijk Cemetery Netherlands. P/O Brackenbury survived the crash and was taken prisoner ... See MoreSee Less
On the night of the 27/28th December 1941 408 Squadron committed 14 Hampdens on bombing raids over enemy territory 12 to bomb the marshalling yards at Düsseldorf and 2 to bomb the docks at Boulogne Two of the Düsseldorf aircraft returned early due to engine problems. All other aircraft returned safely.
No operations on the 27th for 227 Squadron in 1944 ... See MoreSee Less
On the afternoon of the 26th December 1944 227 Squadron commented 7 Lancaster’s on a bombing raid over St Vith all aircraft returned safely 5 landing at Chivenor 1 at Binbrook and 1 at Knettishall.
No operations for 408 Squadron for the 26th in 1941 ... See MoreSee Less
Wishing all of our followers a very Merry Christmas, Happy New year and a big Thank You for your continued support. Best wishes from the RAF Balderton Research Group. 🎅🎄🎁⛄ ... See MoreSee Less
On the night of the 23rd/24th December 1941 408 Squadron committed 5 Hampdens on Gardening operation in the Kiel Fiord, 2 on a gardening operation off the Frisian Islands and 6 on a bombing raid over Cologne.
All aircraft returned safely to base
No operations for 227 Squadron in 1944. ... See MoreSee Less
On the night of the 21st / 22nd December 1944
227 Squadron committed 13 Lancaster’s on a bombing raid over Politz.
11 of the 13 aircraft bombed the target, 2 returned early, F/L Kilgore’s aircraft had the outer port engine u/s and F/O Lupton’s aircrafts undercarriage would not retract.
No operations for 408 Squadron in 1941 ... See MoreSee Less
Big Thankyou to former (227 Squadron) mid upper gunner Ken Fawcett who was stationed at RAF Balderton 1944/45,for sending this photo of himself with his crew and ground personnel in 1945 ... See MoreSee Less
On the night of the 18/19th December 1944 227 Squadron committed 16 Lancaster’s on a raid to bomb Gdynia. Lancaster PM723 9J-W failed to return, six of the crew were killed and are buried in Malbork Commonwealth War Cemetery Poland. The pilot F/O A J R Wilson was taken prisoner. All other aircraft returned safely to base.
No operations for 408 Squadron in 1941 until 23/24th December. ... See MoreSee Less
On the night of the 17/18th December 1941 408 Squadron committed 9 Hampden’s on a raid to bomb the Battleships in Brest, all aircraft returned safely to base.
On the night of the 17/18th December 1944 227 Squadron committed 16 Lancaster’s on a raid to bomb Munich, all aircraft returned safely to base. ... See MoreSee Less
Sorry these are late.
On the night of the 16/17th December 1941 408 Squadron committed 3 Hampden’s on a raid to bomb the Docks and Shipping at Dunkirk, all 3 aircraft returned safely to base.
No operations for 227 Squadron ... See MoreSee Less
Still time for you to get that last minute Christmas present ... See MoreSee Less
408 Squadron had no operations until the night of the 16/17th December 1941.
227 Squadron had no operations until the night of the 17/18th December 1944. ... See MoreSee Less
On the 11th December 1944 227 Squadron committed 16 Lancaster’s on a daylight bombing raid to Heinbach. All aircraft returned safely to base. ... See MoreSee Less
On the night of the 11/12th December 1941, 408 squadron committed 15 Hampden’s for various operations. 6 on a gardening op over Kiel, 1 to bomb the Aerodrome at Leeuwarden, 1 to bomb Emien, 2 to bomb Cologne and 5 to bomb the docks at Le Havre. Hampden AE267 EQ-B flown by Pilot Officer W F Hull failed to return.
Pilot Officer Hull and the rest of the crew are buried in Odense (Assistens)Cemetery Denmark This was the Squadrons first loss from RAF Balderton ... See MoreSee Less
227 Squadron had no operations on the 9/10th December 1944
On the 10th December 1941 408 Squadron committed two Hampden’s on daylight raids one to bomb the Aerodrome at Leuuwarden and the other to bomb Emiem both aircraft returned safely to base. ... See MoreSee Less