4 days ago
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
RAF Balderton Research Group added 2 new photos.
2 weeks ago
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
RAF Balderton Research Group added 3 new photos.
1 month ago
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
Lt Harris in the cockpit of his C-47 (Sultry Sally). ... See MoreSee Less
1st Lt Harris' C-47(Sultry Sally) on there way back home to RAF Balderton (USAAF-STATION 482) following a drop over Holland (Operation Market Garden) in September 1944. ... See MoreSee Less
1st Lt.Henry L.Harris of the 91st troop carrier squadron of the 439th Troop Carrier Group.Lt Harris took part in operation market garden in September 1944 operating from RAF Balderton (USAAF-STATION 482). ... See MoreSee Less
On the 8th December 1944 227 Squadron committed 14 Lancaster’s on a daylight attack on Heinbach. Squadron Leader Meagher and Wing Commander Millington where both on this operation.
408 Squadron RCAF had no operations on this date in 1941 due to the move from Syerston to Balderton ... See MoreSee Less
On the night of the 7/8th December 1941 408 (Goose) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force committed 6 Handley Page Hampdens on a mission to bomb the Nazi headquarters at Aachen.
All aircraft returned safely back to base.
This operation took place while the squadron was in the middle of moving from RAF Syerston to RAF Balderton.
227 Squadron had no operations on the same night in 1944 ... See MoreSee Less
On the night of the 6/7th December 227 squadron committed 18 Lancaster’s on a bombing raid on Geissens. Of these 2 Lancaster’s failed to return they were PB646 9JP Flight Lieutenant London and crew and Flying Officer Peel and crew.
Lancaster PB690 9JV also lost her rear gunner Sergeant Bartle who was hit by flak over the target and killed instantly ... See MoreSee Less
The group would like to announce that the first meeting of 2019 will be on Saturday 12th January at Newark Air Museum
1100hrs ... See MoreSee Less
I would like to thank Barry Hope for his hospitality this afternoon, and to be allowed into his inner sanctum was a great privilege. 408 squadron book purchased for the group and looking forward to the others he is doing ... See MoreSee Less
Just a catch up before the festive season really hits us.
Today Leighton and I went to a meeting of the Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire group at the Petwood hotel in Woodhall Spa. And as a result of that meeting the group will become affiliated with AHL in the New Year. This opens up many more opportunities for us and allow us to gain more experience in running our small group. We came away with lots of great ideas and made a lot of new contacts. We will hold our next meeting in early January to plan our way forward in 2019 with the proposed memorial taking centre stage. We will be looking to do different events but will still support Newark air museum and East Kirkby at the events we feel will be best for us. We are looking forward to 2019 and we hope that it will be even better than this year which as been amazing Leighton,Debbie,Colin and myself would like to thank everyone of you for making 2018 so special
We would not be where we are without all of your input. The book sales have been incredible and a big thank you to everyone who has bought one or more (we still have plenty in stock). So on behalf of the group I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I know this is a little early but if I don’t post it now when these things are fresh in my mind at my age they go and hide in little dark corners 🙃🙃⛄️❄️⛄️❄️⛄️❄️⛄️🎅🏼🎅🏼 ... See MoreSee Less
RAF Balderton Research Group added 3 new photos.
2 months ago
The group has a small stock of the Station of Nations the History of RAF Balderton 1941-1954
Please inbox me if you would like a copy
£17 plus postage ... See MoreSee Less
Another wonderful photo sent by Susan Bilton of her nephews and niece on part of RAF Balderton perimeter track taken 50 years ago. Thankyou Susan. ... See MoreSee Less
Big Thankyou to Susan Bilton for sharing this wonderful photo of her brother ploughing on what was RAF Balderton, in the background is one of the former aircraft hangars. ... See MoreSee Less
Whilst the rest of the group were at the airfield entrance this morning I was at the Museum this afternoon with Rob and Helen Mather ... See MoreSee Less
Remembering today all who served and were lost at RAF Balderton.
We will remember them. ... See MoreSee Less
RAF Balderton Research Group will be displaying this Saturday 3rd November at East Kirkby for the fireworks event.
This marks our final display for 2018,
We will be in the hangar so if attending please come across to meet the group and see our wonderful display.🤗 ... See MoreSee Less
This 1940,s sidcot flying suit belonged to Sgt. Pilot C.W. 'Freddie' Hulance, a 227 Squadron Lancaster pilot who flew from RAF Balderton in1945 and also has a small leather patch with a cartoon illustration of a dog 'Binder'. ... See MoreSee Less
RAF Balderton Research Group would like to say big Thankyou for all you're continued support for the group.🤗 ... See MoreSee Less
On the 13th/14th February 1945 796 Lancaster’s and 9 Mosquitos dropped 1478 tons of high explosives and 1182 tons of incendiary bombs on Dresden of these 796 Lancaster’s where 17 from 227 squadron. One of the pilots was Flight Lieutenant Freddie Hulance
He had this to say about the raid. As far as we were concerned it was just another routine operation. There was no briefing about the industries in Dresden, about which all I knew was that they made fine porcelain. It was a long trip, about 10 hours, but everything worked that night. The weather was very good, there was a real lack of fighter interference, the marking was magnificent, and frankly we were winning. I have to say I never felt any remorse at all about it afterwards, because it was always them or us.
The notoriety came along afterwards. Years later the BBC brought me in to pursue this agenda, but there I met a displaced person from Dresden who had survived the rai. He may have been Jewish but he was destined anyway the day after the raid to be shipped to a Nazi death camp. As a result of the bombing he was able to get away, and he wanted to shake me by my hand for giving him the rest of his life .
Taken from The Lancaster and the Tirpitz by Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC ... See MoreSee Less
RAF Balderton Research Group will have a large display at Fernwood village hall on Saturday afternoon come along and see us ... See MoreSee Less
The former technical site at RAF Balderton, along with a bit of photo magic of a 227 Squadron Lancaster. ... See MoreSee Less
From Newark's Air War
1/10/1943 Training Disaster 1660 HCU Halifax DG275 Disintegrates.
Took off from RAF Swinderby
Among those Killed in this accident was the instructor Acting Flight Lieutenant Vincent Duxbury.
F/Lt Duxbury had arrived at 1668 HCU RAF Balderton on the 12/09/1943 from 1660 HCU. He had previously flown with 207 Squadron and was awarded the DFC in November 1942. He was laid to rest with his crew mates in Saint Germain Church Yard Thurlby Lincs
VINCENT DUXBURY. DFC. 127141 FLIGHT LIEUTENANT (PILOT). ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE, KILLED ON THE 1ST OCTOBER 1943. AGED 22. SON OF MR AND MRS DUXBURY OF WATFORD BRIDGE ROAD. A NATIVE OF GLOSSOP VINCENT HAD SPENT TWO PERIODS OF HIS LIFE IN NEW MILLS. AS A BOY HE HAD ATTENDED SCHOOL HERE AND IN 1938 HIS PARENTS MOVED HERE TO LIVE ON WATFORD BRIDGE ROAD. HIS MAIN EDUCATION WAS GAINED AT GLOSSOP GRAMMER SCHOOL WHERE HE CAPTAINED THE SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM AND LED THE SCHOOL DANCE BAND. HE PLAYED THE SAXOPHONE. AFTER PASSING THE CIVIL SERVICE EXAM VINCENT ENTERED THE INLAND REVENUE AT NOTTINGHAM. WHEN HE ATTAINED THE AGE OF 18, VINCENT JOINED THE ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE AND HAD ALREADY DONE SOME TRAINING WHEN THE WAR BROKE OUT. HIS RISE THROUGH THE RANKS WAS RAPID. WHILST A PILOT OFFICER IN NOVEMBER 1942 VINCENT HAD RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS FROM KING GEORGE IN A CEREMONY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE. VINCENT WHO HAD TAKEN PART IN 65 OPERATIONAL FLIGHTS WAS SERVING AS AN INSTRUCTOR WITH NUMBER 1660 HEAVY CONVERSION UNIT WHEN ON THE 1ST OCTOBER 1943, HALIFAX DG275 BROKE UP IN THE AIR NEAR BARDNEY, WHILST ON A ROUTINE TRAINING FLIGHT. BURIED ST GERMAIN CHURCHYARD, THURLBY, LINCOLNSHIRE. ... See MoreSee Less
The air and ground crew of Avro Lancaster B Mark I, W4236 'QR-K', of 'A' Flight, No. 61 Squadron RAF, grouped by the nose of the aircraft at Syerston, Nottinghamshire, after it had completed 70 operational flights. Air crew, standing) left to right: Flying Officer F L Hewish, air bomber; Pilot Officer W H Eager RCAF, pilot and captain; Sergeant F R Stone, wireless operator; Sergeant L S Vanner, rear gunner; Sergeant H T Petts, navigator; Sergeant F R Sharrard, mid-upper gunner; Sergeant L Lawrence, flight engineer. Ground crew, (sitting) left to right: Leading Aircraftsman W A Long, flight mechanic (engines); Corporal C Bowyer, fitter; Leading Aircraftsman J Blackwood, flight mechanic (airframe). ... See MoreSee Less
William Hedley Eager was born on 20 June 1920 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was the son of Harry Herbert and Johanna Eager who later lived at 151 Ferndale Ave, Norwood, Manitoba. His father died when William was just 7 years old. William was married shortly before he died, and twin daughters were born in 1944.
William joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, service number J/17626. He trained at No.7 ITS (graduating on 13 February 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduating 24 April 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduating 29 August 1942). He became a Sergeant and whilst carrying out his training with 1654 Heavy Conversion Unit as a pilot, he was involved in a flying incident on 15 April 1943. He had off at 16:45 from RAF Wigsley, Nottinghamshire on a training flight in an Avro Manchester mk I, serial number L7294. The Manchester was an ill fated forerunner to the famous Lancaster. The problem with the two engined Manchester was that the Rolls Royce Vulture engines were underpowered and unreliable. Whilst Eager’s aircraft was in flight, an engine caught fire and he headed for base, but as he closed on the runway, at around 18:50 the aircraft stalled and crashed. On impact it continued to burn, and although all the crew suffered some injury there were no fatalies. He was promoted to Pilot Offer a few months later and went on to serve with 61 Squadron of Bomber Command flying from RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross whilst serving with 61 Squadron, which was awarded effective 6 November 1943 and published in the London Gazette on 16 November 1943. He “completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty”. After completing an operational tour of duty with 61 Squadron he was sent to serve with 1661 HCU at RAF Winthorpe just north east of Newark. By 16 December 1943 he had been promoted to Flying Officer and was instructing new aircrew. On that Thursday evening just before Christmas he was on board Lancaster I serial number LM307 with squadron markings of GP-T which took off at 20:14 for night circuit training. Within two minutes of their departure the aircraft crashed a mile east of South Muskham and just a couple of miles north-north-west from Newark-upon-Trent, Nottinghamshire. William Hedley Eager was one of six killed outright, there were two crew injured but one of these was to die the next day.
William was 23 years old and was laid to rest in Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, which had been designated a Royal Air Force regional cemetery during the Second World War.
He was posted to 1668 HCU at Balderton on the 5/10/1943 before being transfered to 1661 HCU at Winthorpe in November ... See MoreSee Less
Afternoon everyone we would like to know what design of memorial you would like to see at the airfield. We have our own ideas but we would like to hear from everyone of our followers and give us your thoughts. This is our project for 2019. To see a memorial in place by this time next year would be a tremendous achievement so that is our aim and we would very much like your feedback. This is what we feel would be best along with an information lectern. The one in the photo is RAF Skellingthorpe and we think something like this would be very fitting. So your ideas please ... See MoreSee Less
Fantastic weather vane at Lancaster grange care home and how fitting that a Lancaster still is airborne above what was part of the former RAF Balderton airfield. ... See MoreSee Less
RAF Balderton Research Group added 5 new photos.
3 months ago
Newark Advertiser article regarding RAF Balderton and more of its destruction in September 1968.
The images show just how the landscape of the airfield have changed from WW2 to present day. ... See MoreSee Less
RAF Balderton Research Group would like to wish former rear gunner James Flowers a very happy birthday, James who earlier this year attended our reunion event at Newark Air museum told us of his one night he and his crew were sent to RAF Balderton in January 1945 whilst awaiting to be transported to RAF Skellingthorpe the following day.
James and crew were then posted to 50 Squadron at RAF Skellingthorpe operating Lancasters to commence operations over mainland Europe.
Have a fantastic day James 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Flying Officer Stanley George Hall Wireless Operator was stationed at RAF Balderton Aug till November 1943 with 1668 Heavy Conversion Unit before being posted to 617 (Dambusters) Squadron at RAF woodhall spa. Sadly Stanley and crew were killed in February 1944 when their Lancaster crashed into a hillside near Chichester returning from a sortie. LEST WE FORGET
www.bvror.uk/index.php/articles/ww2/132-pilot-officer-stanley-george-hall ... See MoreSee Less
Wing commander David Balme DSO ,DFC pictured in Lancaster PA280 at RAF Strubby soon after 227 Squadron left RAF Balderton in April1945. ... See MoreSee Less
Spent a pleasant afternoon with Leighton and Shaun giving a talk to the old folk at Lancaster Grange care home
Two ladies have memories of two different stories
Margaret Rose rememberers Arnold Dales visiting Isobel Strong who lived opposite her on Belvoir road Balderton.
And another lady who as a young girl lived on Smith street Balderton and can remember hearing an aircraft circling above their house very late on the 16th August 1941 and then hearing the screaming of the Brumpton children as their house burned. She says even after 77 years she can still hear those screams.
May they rest in peace
Lest we forget ... See MoreSee Less
A Massive Thank you to Brian Mehlin for these photos of a 1668 HCU Lancaster J9-A and the crew that trained in her during her time with 1668 HCU possibly taken at RAF Balderton or RAF Bottesford. ... See MoreSee Less
A big Thankyou to Ken Fawcett former 227 Squadron Air Gunner for bringing the sad news of his former 227 Squadron Flight Commander's death to the attention of the group. Ken also gave us permission to share this story about a particular incident whilst at RAF Balderton.
'We, our crew, test flew his newly furbished Lancaster on an authorised low level exercise one Sunday afternoon in Feb ’45, but, sadly, accidentally, flew it into the top cable between two electricity pylons, causing considerable damage to both a/c and local electricity supply. Fortunately, for us, the a/c was still flyable and we returned to Base to face his wrath.
It was interesting to read of his career and, in a small way, flattered to have known him and have his signature in my Log Book. Interestingly he signed “A. Meagher” as his proper name was “Albert”.
Best Wishes to all. Regards Ken'
More details of this are shown in the images below previously sent by Ken. ... See MoreSee Less
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of 227 Squadron Leader Johnny Meagher. Lovely obituary in the Daily Telegraph today. RIP Sir. ... See MoreSee Less
Sore guys I have not been able to do anything RAF Balderton for the past week as I have been busy and also had Carol poorly with server sciatica will try to get back on it later this week but it depends on Carols recovery 😞 ... See MoreSee Less
Remembering this day September 17th 1944 where 74 years ago members of the 439th Troop Carrier Group took part in Operation Market Garden flying from RAF Balderton (US-AAF Station 482).
We also remember all personnel from other nations that took part in this operation. LEST WE FORGET ... See MoreSee Less
Whilst at the IBCC I photographed the memorial stones of those who had served with 408 and 227 Squadrons. Two were definitely at Balderton.... ... See MoreSee Less
RAF Balderton Research Group added 9 new photos.
4 months ago
Photos of our visit yesterday at the fantastic International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln. ... See MoreSee Less
227 Squadron pilot, Ken Allen pictured on his wedding day in Australia believed to be 1946. Ken finished his tour of operations at RAF Balderton in March, 1945. ... See MoreSee Less
Do we have anything on Cowtham cottage and and a crash near to the farm possible poles could be a Wellington
Answers on a post card to 😂 ... See MoreSee Less
Col.Charles H.Young,(September 44)
RAF Balderton (USAAF Station- 482)
Pictured in his aircraft (Argonia) ... See MoreSee Less
Waco glider of the USAAF 439th Troop Carrier Group pictured on April 5th 1944
at RAF Balderton (USAAF Station 482). ... See MoreSee Less
Flying Officer Geytenbeek and crew who operated from RAF Balderton and RAF Strubby with 227 Squadron in 1945. ... See MoreSee Less
L/R George (no surname) Frank (Butch) Newitt and Geoff Hampson, April 1944 ... See MoreSee Less
Geoff Hampson and Maurice (Bill) Bailey Cheddar 1941 ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you all for my birthday messages I had a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends
Over the last 3 years it has been a privilege to work with all you wonderful people
And now as we move forward it is the aim of this wonderful group to erect a memorial worthy of all those who flew from RAF Balderton ... See MoreSee Less
RAF Balderton Research Group added 2 new photos.
5 months ago
Sergeant J S Hampson 227 Squadron RAF Balderton
A Massive Thank you to Lesley Kincey for the photos of her Father ... See MoreSee Less
RAF Balderton Research Group added 4 new photos.
5 months ago
Received a very complimentary letter about the book this morning along with the attached photos of his uncle and namesake Peter Webb of Ian Herberts crew. Peter was killed in action aged just 19 - all his fellow crew members survived being shot down. ... See MoreSee Less
Did you know that the Halifax bomber also operated from RAF Balderton with 1668 Heavy Conversion Unit? The unit formed on the 15th of August 1943 along with the 16 Halifaxes there was also a complement of 16 Lancaster Bombers, 1668 was to continue its conversion role at RAF Balderton until November 1943 before moving to nearby RAF Syerston to become No 5 Lancaster finishing school. ... See MoreSee Less
77 years ago today a Handley Page Hamden left the runways of RAF Balderton on a night flying exercise, it was to end in disaster. The aircraft flown by Sgt Baldachin crashed into three houses on London road Balderton the occupants of 84 and 86 had a lucky escape but those living in 82 were not so lucky, Mrs Brumpton and her children we’re asleep in their beds when the aircraft struck killing the pilot and the wireless operator Thomas Wood along with six of the Brumpton children. This was the worst tragedy to happen in Balderton during WW2 and certainly the worst for RAF Balderton ... See MoreSee Less
It feels like we have reached a plateau with our research so priorities have changed. Our main priority now is a permanent memorial at or near the main entrance to the old airfield and a place for a permanent display of all our research. To keep everyone updated we are currently trying to find out who owns the verge outside the entrance once we know then things can move ahead. Regarding a permanent place for our display that will be more of a challenge as Newark air museum don’t have the space that we need at present. The book is selling well and that is adding to the funds for the memorial. While priorities have changed we will never stop searching for more of RAF Balderton’s history ... See MoreSee Less
Pilot Officer Stanley Elmer Liddicoat who was a wireless operator with 227 Squadron operating Lancasters from RAF Balderton. Stanley's main skipper was Flying Officer Goff,Stanley completed 17 operations with 227 squadron and completed his tour of operations in March 1945. ... See MoreSee Less
I have just been told that several visitors to Newark air museum have been disappointed by the RAF Balderton display, unfortunately due to a shortage of space at the museum we have had to reduce the size of our display. We apologise for this but it is due to Circumstances beyond our control. The group are currently looking for a place for a permanent display but this may take some time. ... See MoreSee Less
Come and see us at Newark air museums 40s weekend unfortunately we will only be manning the stand on Saturday but the display will be up all weekend ... See MoreSee Less
Don't forget we are at Newark Air Museums 40's weekend this coming Saturday ... See MoreSee Less