Hemswell History

RAF HEMSWELL

RAF Hemswell Opened in 1937 as a Bomber Command Station, situated located between Lincoln and Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire.

From 1937 the station was home to 61 and 144 Squadrons. In July 1941 the airfield was handed over to 1 Group Bomber Command, became home to 300 and 301Polish Squadrons, flying Vickers Wellingtons.

During 1943 the runways were upgraded to facilitate the heavy bombers of the No.1 Lancaster Finishing School. The school disbanded in November 1944 and the site was used by 150 and 170 Squadrons for operational flying. In April 1945 they were joined by 1687 Bomber Defence Training Flight, which continued unitl October of that year.

The station closed in 1967. Today the site boasts the largest Antiques and Collectables centre in Europe, and one of the largest Sunday market and car boots in the UK as well as being home to the Bomber County Aviation Museum. Most of the buildings remain, including the hangers which are used as grain stores.

Photograph of men filling sandbags in hemswell during ww2

Men filling sandbags in Hemswell during WW2

Photograph of hemswell children playing during ww2.

Hemswell Children playing during WW2.

Photograph of children in fancy dress - hemswell 1942

Fancy dress party or school play? Hemswell 1942