Politics I suppose. It was regretfully, logical to close Binbrook down after the Lightnings went, being 374ft amsl in an area known for low cloud coming in of the North sea, we used to lose a lot of hours flying due to weather, while other airfields did not have this problem.
We did have a plus side, while the vale of york and the lesser airfields in the Lincolnshire flat lands were fogged out, Binbrook didn't have that problem. We couldn't fly though as we had no weather diversion airfields..
I just want to get on my soapbox now and say to a few 'civvies' in the Binbrook area, that it was not the RAF's decision or fault to close the place down, but the MoD's. So stop being such little children and grow up and respect the history, the lives that station gave, so we can live a free life and not one under a dictators heel!
Dr_Bishop;108579 wrote: I just want to get on my soapbox now and say to a few 'civvies' in the Binbrook area, that it was not the RAF's decision or fault to close the place down, but the MoD's. So stop being such little children and grow up and respect the history, the lives that station gave, so we can live a free life and not one under a dictators heel!
I wholeheartly agree with you on this David, why people in the area have such an axe to grind over Binbrook bewilders me. I tried contacting the Q area owners but they never replied back, christ, all i want to do is save a few buildings from destruction.
The site itself saw a massive amount of action and was a very important not only during WW2 but also the Cold War era. People have such a bigoted and narrow minded view on Binbrook, mind you, those that are against it couldn't have put their necks on the line for this country otherwise they'd have a very different view. spineless idiots, that's them !!!
Tales from the RAF. Occurences when I was with 617 squadron in the fifties.
I was showing an new erk round the Lincoln (Lancasters big brother) The NAAFI wagon had been so we took our coffee and wads into the nose out of the cool wind. Break over, we tidied up and before I could stop him, the newby threw his coffee dregs down what looked like a drain in the floor. It wasn't a drain, oh no! There was bang and thud and a ten man dinghy popped out of the wing root. The look alike drain was the flotation switch for the dinghy in case of a ditching over the sea. The lad got 7 days CC and I got a telling off.
Adrian Campbell first left,next to him Phil Wallis....and far right is Furz Lloyd (rip) ex OC 5 squadron after Andy Williams.I recognise the woman...but still can't put a name to her!!These pictures were taken not long after 724's return to Binbrook