Monthly Archives: July 2015

RAF Witchford a revisit to a fascinating airfield.

What respect means…

Aviation Trails

I originally visited RAF Witchford some time ago but was lucky enough to have an invite to a gathering taking place earlier this month at the site. It was a very memorable day indeed. Trail 11, which this forms part, can be found here.

RAF Witchford

Witchford is found a few miles East of Mepal in the shadows of Ely Cathedral. Now an industrial estate, a large amount of the site is still in existence (and being used) and freely accessible to the general public. This makes it one of the rarer airfields around in terms of visiting.

RAF Witchford Perimeter Track Looking South RAF Witchford Perimeter Track Looking South, the B1 Hangar is to your right.

A typical triangular Class A airfield, it had two runways of 1,408 and 1,415 yards and a further main runway of 2,010 yards, all concrete and 50 yards in width. The technical site was located on the western…

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13-07-2015

Aangezien we vrijdag in het verkeer vaststaken, deden we maandag een bezoek aan RAF Hendon.
Ook hier stond een Lancaster, S for Sugar.

Due to trafficproblems, we were not able to visit RAF Hendon on Friday. So we did that on Monday.
There is also a Lancaster, S for Sugar, in this lovely museum.

SONY DSC Lest We Forget!

SONY DSC RAF signs trough the years

SONY DSC Let’s fly away…

SONY DSC S for Sugar

SONY DSC Belgian pride

SONY DSC RAF crests

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12-07-2015

Op zondag werd een bezoek gebracht aan de voormalige basis RAF Witchford.
Dit is nu een bedrijventerrein (Lancaster Way Business Park) met hier en daar nog enkele originele gebouwen.
In het bedrijventerrein is ook het RAF Witchford Display of Memorabilia gevestigd, een aanrader!
(voor meer contact: suealdridge3@gmail.com)

RAF Witchford was de basis waarvan Lancaster KO-Y, DS734 (aka. The Y’s Owells) vertrok op missie naar Karlsruhe maar neerstortte te Sint-Katelijne-Waver/Mechelen (Pasbrug)
Dave Howell, zoon van Aubrey Howell DFC, kreeg een replica Bomberjacket met daarop het logo van “The Y’s Owells”, verwijzend naar zijn vader.

Nadien werd de Kathedraal van Ely bezocht met de prachtige RAF Bomber Command standards.


On Sunday, we have visited to the former RAF Witchford base.
This is now a Business Park (Lancaster Way Business Park) with some buildings dated from WW2.

Also, there is the “display of memorabilia RAF Witchford”,which we do recommend!
(more information: suealdridge3@gmail.com or Tel: Ely (01353) 664934)

RAF Witchford was the homebase of Lancaster KO-Y, DS734 (aka. The Y’s Owells) which departed on mission to Karlsruhe but crashed at Sint-Katelijne-Waver/Mechelen (Pasbrug).
Dave Howell, son of Aubrey Howell DFC, received a replica bomberjacket, with the Y’s Owells on it, representative for his father, who flew the DS734 Lancaster.

After this visit, we went to Ely Cathedral, with it RAF Bomber Command flags.

SONY DSC Remaining buildings

SONY DSC A Bristol Hercules Engine

SONY DSC Sue Aldridge guiding

SONY DSC The former airstrip

SONY DSC Dave Howell showing his received jacket

SONY DSC 115 Sqn RAF memorial monument

SONY DSC Ely Cathedral

SONY DSC 115 Sqn RAF standard

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11-07-2015

Een indruk van vandaag…Flying Legends 2015.
Meer foto’s volgen binnenkort!

An impression of today…Flying Legends 2015.
More photos will follow soon!

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10-07-2015

Vandaag verloren we helaas wat tijd door douane-controles en files.
Helaas (nog) geen bezoek aan RAF Hendon maar morgen, zaterdag, maken we dit ruimschoots goed door een bezoek aan de Flying Legends Airshow te Duxford 🙂

Hierbij toch enkele foto’s van de begintrip, met de “white cliffs of Dover”

Douane P&O Dover

Today we lost some time due to douane checks and traffic jams.
We did not manage to visit RAF Hendon (yet) but tomorrow, saturday, we make a visit to the Flying Legends Airshow at Duxford.

The photos are from our start today.

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115 tour 2015

10-7-2015

Calais > Dover > > London > Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park > RAF Museum Hendon > Cambridge > hotel.

11-7-2015

Duxford Imperial War Museum, Flying Legends Airshow > hotel

12-7-2015

Witchford, museum 115 squadron > Ely > hotel

13-7-2015

Militair kerkhof Cambridge – London > Battle of Britain Monument, Victoria Embankment > free time > Dover > home

Foto’s van deze trip worden dagelijks bijgewerkt!
Photos of this roadtrip will be updated daily!

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