RAF Scampton, Home of the Dambusters

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  1. Capt Bill

    Capt Bill wanderin off at a tangent

    RAF Scampton

    Home to the famous 'Dam Buster' Squadron, and now (for the moment) home to the Red Arrows

    I didnt have long the day I took these pics - was being driven elsewhere by a friend - but managed to take a few snaps

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  2. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Cpt Bill
    Nice photo's remember doing an exercise at Scampton years ago, its a lovely place, at present I am led to believe that besides the Red Arrows there is part of the IWM collection stored in one of the hangers and they swop out with Duxford or Hendon or just remove parts for others.
    The cemetery is a nice and quite corner with both Allied and Axis burials.
     
  3. Capt Bill

    Capt Bill wanderin off at a tangent

    There is a museum in RAF Scampton, but you can only visit by prior arrangement - as all visitors to the base must be escorted.
     
  4. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Thanks CB. Drive thru Scampton now and again.
     
  5. rosstcorbett

    rosstcorbett Member

    Evening everybody,

    Last week I visited RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire and was shown around by a very nice chap called Tom, an ex RAF chap.

    I was delighted to see that the base has not changed that much since the days of Guy Gibson and 617 Squadron.

    It was a very interesting visit!

    As I am still not that sure how to post photos to the forum, you can check it out on my WW2 Blog here:

    My Visit to RAF Scampton, Home of the Dambusters
     
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  7. Roxy

    Roxy Senior Member

    Seems that you enjoyed yourself at Scampton!

    Roxy
     
  8. rosstcorbett

    rosstcorbett Member

    Hi Roxy,

    I did indeed, It was wonderful to visit somewhere that I had read so much about.

    A must for those with an interest in the Dambusters :)

    Ross
     
  9. SDP

    SDP Senior Member

    Hi Roxy,

    I did indeed, It was wonderful to visit somewhere that I had read so much about.

    A must for those with an interest in the Dambusters :)

    Ross

    Did Tom mention anything about the myths surrounding Nigger's death and burial place? Apparently there is a story that he was not actually buried (but simply 'disposed') and another story that the original burial place was or even is somewhere else (notably under some newer concrete or tarmac) and that the current 'burial' place is actually a fenced-off location for his memorial stone.

    This is of interest to me because, as mentioned on another Dambusters thread, my mother (who was a Nurse during WWII) used to take Nigger for walks along with his Cocker Spaniel friend 'Brandy'. I'm hoping one day to take Mum (who is now in her 90's!) to see Niggers grave but never had an opportunity so far!
     
  10. rosstcorbett

    rosstcorbett Member

    He didn't, but I did read somewhere else that somebody on a tour with Merv had been told that.

    I wonder if there is somebody out there who knows the truth?

    Did she walk him when he was at Scampton or on another base?

    That would be wonderful for your Mum to revisit Nigger. She was probably walking one of the most famous dogs of WW2. I cannot think of any other 'well known' dogs.
     
  11. SDP

    SDP Senior Member

    .....Did she walk him when he was at Scampton or on another base?.....

    It was before his time at Scampton and when he was based at or visiting RAF Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire. Mum was based at a local hospital Maturnity unit but which hospital also took in War casualties and Gibson was a close friend of Mum's boss. Apparently the two guys (pun totally intended!) would go for a drink leaving Mum to walk the two dogs. Mum's favourite stories from that time were when she X-rayed Gibsons ankle for a suspected fracture after he had sprained it (tripped after a heavy drinking session? All was OK anyway) and, apparently, that Gibson's favourite supper was either Egg on Toast or Cheese on Toast.....!
     
  12. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    Ross.

    RAF stuff is not my thing but this thread was fascinating.

    Well done indeed.

    Regards

    FdeP
     
  13. rewdco

    rewdco Senior Member

    Very nice Ross! Thanks for sharing!

    Reminds me of my own Army days now twenty odd years ago. I was in Soest, quite close to the Möhne dam. I used to swim in that lake during the summer! I've only recently found out that these barracks were in fact old Nazi barracks! I never realised that when I was there...

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  14. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    I'm always in awe of the feats achieved that night in May.
     
  15. Korps Steiner

    Korps Steiner Senior Member

    Evening everybody,

    Last week I visited RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire and was shown around by a very nice chap called Tom, an ex RAF chap.

    I was delighted to see that the base has not changed that much since the days of Guy Gibson and 617 Squadron.

    It was a very interesting visit!

    As I am still not that sure how to post photos to the forum, you can check it out on my WW2 Blog here:

    My Visit to RAF Scampton, Home of the Dambusters

    Great blog thanks for posting !!
     
  16. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

  17. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Gage
    Good news
    Scampton is the best place for a heritage center also it will preserve a famous RAF station for future generations,
    Do they still have storage for Duxfords over spill in the hangers?
     
  18. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    I don't know, mate to be honest.
     
  19. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Scampton is said to be safe until 2020.But a good indication of the importance of a RAF station is by the rank of the station commander. Any station having a C.O at a rank less than Group Captain is an indication of diminished station status.

    One thing is certain there will be an abundance of scavengers ready to tear the place apart.Have a look at Binbrook to see what we British seem to excel in...."corporate vandalism" or perhaps it might be described as "entrepreneurial vandalism". They all seem to be quickly turned into doss heaps.

    I would think that Hangar 4 is the only hangar in use, air conditioned for the Red Arrows,it seems that over the years, the MOD can't make up their mind where the unit should be ... when relocated on so called economy grounds they always seem to exercise around Scampton because of its adequate airspace.
     
  20. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Red Arrows air base to be sold off
    The home of the Red Arrows air display team is to be sold off, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

    RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, which was also the headquarters of 617 Squadron as they prepared for the Dambusters mission in World War Two, has been home to the Red Arrows since 2000.

    Six hundred people currently work at the site near Lincoln.

    It is also understood the RAF will withdraw from Linton on Ouse near York where fast jet pilots are trained.
     

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