SK9490 : Former R.A.F. Hemswell: aerial 2014

taken 3 years ago, near to Hemswell Cliff, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Former R.A.F. Hemswell: aerial 2014
Former R.A.F. Hemswell: aerial 2014
Harpswell aerodrome, as it was known, dates from 1916, when it opened as a night landing ground for the RFC. During 1918, 199 and 200 Training Squadrons were based here, but the airfield was soon returned to pasture by 1919.
In 1935 construction began on the compulsory repurchased land. RAF Hemswell opened in January 1937 as a 5 Gp station, transferring to 1 Gp in June 1941.
61 Squadron's Hemswell-based Hampdens were the first Bomber Command aircraft to drop bombs on German soil, on 19 Mar 1940. The target was the Hornum seaplane base.
The last flying squadrons departed in Jan 1956, but RAF Hemswell then became a missile unit with 3 Thor IRBM launchers of 97(SM) Squadron RAF present here from December 1959 to May 1963. See: LinkExternal link
It is now claimed to be the largest antiques centre in Europe.
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SK9490, 19 images   (more nearby )
Photographer
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Date Taken
Friday, 12 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 13 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Air transport  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 944 904 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:24.1670N 0:34.8135W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 948 931
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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