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Kevin Mears
15-05-2008, 20:25
Just a couple of old photo's from my collection showing an Oxford at the old HMS Godwit at Hinstock. I worked at a centre for adults with severe learning difficulties in this area and never bothered to look around. I feel another visit coming on.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d17/kev35_/ox10002.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d17/kev35_/ox10001.jpg

Regards,

Kevin Mears

NJR
11-06-2008, 19:19
Do these naval type hangars at Hinstock / Ollerton / Godwit or whatever name it goes by, have a name? The only reference to them in some books notes only their dimensions.

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/ryan7480_bucket/Fri30thSat31stMay2008378.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/ryan7480_bucket/Fri30thSat31stMay2008379.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/ryan7480_bucket/Fri30thSat31stMay2008380.jpg

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t145/ryan7480_bucket/Fri30thSat31stMay2008381.jpg

Paul Francis
11-06-2008, 19:20
Pentad and Mains is about right.

NJR
11-06-2008, 19:25
Cheers Paul, very quick! Forgive my ignorance, do you mean the light coloured ones are "Pentad" and the black one is a "Mains" or are they both Pentad and Mains?

Lt Cmdr ( A )
02-07-2008, 20:32
The Mains type hangar is also known as Admiralty ' S ' Type. Burscough has four of these still ingood condition.

PETERTHEEATER
03-07-2008, 08:54
Boy! The Navy sure knew how to defend their hangars! Is that a 15 or 16 inch gun in front of the Mains hangar? :lol: :lol:

CDP
03-07-2008, 22:47
Noel - we have seen the S-Types at Burscough! After that rather lengthy effort getting out of Southport last year. Talking of which....

Chris

Paul Francis
26-07-2008, 18:13
Admiralty Type S, not to be confused with Teesside Type S which are also to be found at FAA Stations

Blackadder
15-06-2009, 19:42
Taken 2009

http://i583.photobucket.com/albums/ss276/anon240577/Hinstock2009MOD.jpg

ianbache
24-01-2010, 21:26
Hi all
a few more from Hinstock (Goodwit)
what is this building used for,other than horses now?
http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii425/LLanbedr/DSC01387.jpg

http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii425/LLanbedr/DSC01391.jpg

http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii425/LLanbedr/DSC01388.jpg

http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii425/LLanbedr/DSC01384.jpg

http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii425/LLanbedr/DSC01385.jpg

regards Ian

ianbache
29-01-2010, 20:02
I found this building down the side of the lane near the former airfield next to a public footpath

http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii425/LLanbedr/DSC01387.jpg

the rear

http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii425/LLanbedr/DSC01386.jpg

the inside

http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii425/LLanbedr/100_0402.jpg

and this was in a small brick built building just next to the main building would it have been a sub-station

http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii425/LLanbedr/100_0403.jpg

regards Ian

Carnaby
30-01-2010, 11:44
Oh - those ubiquitous lampshades in pic 4 above. I had a Xmas card from a female friend last year who lives near Mold, and she remarked that 'the lampshades found on her tour of the Rhydymwyn Poison Gas Factory are the same as you can buy in Ikea today.'

Clearly a proven design.

Graham

PETERTHEEATER
31-01-2010, 08:38
Would that be this one Ian?

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=52.83221993103564&lon=-2.5116822805850236&gz=19&oz=8&gt=1

ianbache
31-01-2010, 10:54
Would that be this one Ian?

http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm?lat=52.83221993103564&lon=-2.5116822805850236&gz=19&oz=8&gt=1

Thats the one, minus the horses,its there house now
any ideas though

Carnaby
31-01-2010, 22:44
Thats the one
Interestingly that little cluster of buildings isn't on the FAA site plan - not that it would reveal its function if it was.

A remarkable number of buildings still exist at this fine site which I discovered completely accidentally decades ago when trying to find Peplow. Very strange feeling - you've just glanced at the map which reveals it's still a few miles to Peplow. You turn a corner and there are a number of hangars. Something very wrong - hadn't heard of Hinstock at that time.

Unusually, both Hinstock and Peplow were equipped with SBA for blind-landing training purposes. Doesn't seem a terribly good idea to me as the instrument runways were only a mile apart.

Graham

ianbache
31-01-2010, 23:04
Interestingly that little cluster of buildings isn't on the FAA site plan - not that it would reveal its function if it was.

A remarkable number of buildings still exist at this fine site which I discovered completely accidentally decades ago when trying to find Peplow. Very strange feeling - you've just glanced at the map which reveals it's still a few miles to Peplow. You turn a corner and there are a number of hangars. Something very wrong - hadn't heard of Hinstock at that time.

Unusually, both Hinstock and Peplow were equipped with SBA for blind-landing training purposes. Doesn't seem a terribly good idea to me as the instrument runways were only a mile apart.

Graham

Apparentley there was never any accidents between the two fields as they had strict circuits heights between the two ,to avoid confliction ,in one of my books ,reports a rare Royal Navy Lancaster used the Peplow airfield

Carnaby
01-02-2010, 11:29
... they had strict circuits heights between the two ,to avoid confliction
This wouldn't have been an issue. The problem comes when you have two novice pilots on ten-mile straight approaches, at similar heights, to two runways just a mile apart.

Hinstock was selected as a Beam Training base in August 1942. Construction at Peplow began in late 1942.

Just checked Dave Smith's reports in AS3 -

No.1515 BAT flight moved in to Peplow in Jan 1945, but there were difficulties caused by beam approach training at Peplow and Hinstock simultaneously as the beams were almost parallel. The Navy were given precedence, and 1515 would only operate when the cloud base was above 1,000 feet. Problem was totally solved a month later when 1515 was relocated to Coleby Grange.

Clearly some idiot at the Air Ministry would have egg on his face after this incident. There had always been problems when beam approach systems were too close together. These two were extremely close. I guess the bottom line was, 'It's only the Navy', a factor involved in many Air Ministry decisions :roll:.

Graham

airfields man
06-03-2010, 11:47
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/PAULS%20SCANS%20TWO/window-12.jpg
Just found this one that some unknown sent to me years ago. Hinstock on the back.

Peter Ruhe
25-04-2010, 21:23
Hi, not sure how this site works but my question pertains to Hinstock. My father was a German POW and on the back of a photo dated 1947 there is a reference to Hinstock Waec Chestnut Camp. The pictures on this site of the huts match the ones on the photo. Is this really were my Father spent some of his time? Would appreciate confirmation. Thanks:-D

ianbache
25-04-2010, 21:36
Hi Peter
The large hangar in question is a Naval Pentad Hangar, all the best in your research

Richard Flagg
25-04-2010, 21:40
Peter, are you able to post your picture on the forum, there are a number of detectives on here who would probably able to pin down the spot where it was taken!

PNK
25-04-2010, 21:48
Peter,

It is possible that Hinstock was used as a POW camp as I suspect by 1947 repatriation was in full swing and consilidation of those that remained must have occured and also they would, for the most part, have been less of a prison camp.

Maybe there is a POW expert amongst us who might be able to add detail.

This is an interesting subject and I would love to know more.

Peter Ruhe
25-04-2010, 22:19
Peter,

It is possible that Hinstock was used as a POW camp as I suspect by 1947 repatriation was in full swing and consilidation of those that remained must have occured and also they would, for the most part, have been less of a prison camp.

Maybe there is a POW expert amongst us who might be able to add detail.

This is an interesting subject and I would love to know more.

Hi PNK,
I think you are spot on i.e less than a prison. The photo shows my father in a football team photo. He and his Kumpel seem very relaxed. He also told me when he was living that they were more or less left unattended in the camp and that they we were dobbed in by a local when having a beer in market drayton town centre!

Peter Ruhe
25-04-2010, 22:25
Hi Peter
The large hangar in question is a Naval Pentad Hangar, all the best in your research

hi,
the picture matches the one at the top of the huts,

Peter

Peter Ruhe
25-04-2010, 22:31
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e82/airfieldsman/PAULS%20SCANS%20TWO/window-12.jpg
Just found this one that some unknown sent to me years ago. Hinstock on the back.

This building looks identical to where my father and other German Pows were held in 1947. I have a picture of this with a reference to Hinstock and Chestnut Hostel on the back.:D

ianbache
25-04-2010, 22:33
Hi Peter
The nearest POW camp to Hinstock is Sherrifhales nr Shifnal which is also on the A41 road were Hinstock is not that far away, could that be your fathers camp ?? only about 10 miles if that, best of luck
Ian

Peter Ruhe
25-04-2010, 22:42
Hi Peter
The nearest POW camp to Hinstock is Sherrifhales nr Shifnal which is also on the A41 road were Hinstock is not that far away, could that be your fathers camp ?? only about 10 miles if that, best of luck
Ian

Hi Ian,
just found an official aliens order book dated 1945.In this book he is located at Hawkesstone Park. He then has the book stamped annually up to 1957 by the local constabulary!:)

ianbache
25-04-2010, 23:13
Hi Ian,
just found an official aliens order book dated 1945.In this book he is located at Hawkesstone Park. He then has the book stamped annually up to 1957 by the local constabulary!:)

Yes your right camp number 240 and 285 at Hawkstone park, which is even closer to Hinstock as the crow flies 3 to 4 mile

worcester aviation
11-11-2011, 21:05
what do you reckon?-

http://g.co/maps/9vpmj

Richard Flagg
12-11-2011, 15:06
It was up for sale in May 2008 when I visited the airfield with NJR, I wonder if it has sold yet?

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/SHROPSHIRE/Hinstock/Hinstock2008-1.jpg

bex
21-03-2012, 20:38
I have just come accross this forum for airfields and although this is very out of date, I just wanted to say that we sold HMS Godwit in 2006 and it has since been sold on again. It was used for blind flying by the Navy.

Sparky67
20-05-2012, 16:07
Taken in May 2012...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7213/7234023228_9847517629_b.jpg

Richard Flagg
31-05-2012, 18:11
Can anyone tell me how many hangars were built at Hinstock and what types?

Also, which bit was the SLG known as Ollerton? I know it was developed and became Hinstock but how did the two airfields compare in size / location and layout?

Many thanks

Carnaby
01-06-2012, 09:40
From CB 4368A 1945.


2 Squadron 185' x 110' x 25' (Callender Hamilton

5 Squadron 91' x 67'6" x 20'4" (Super Blister)

1 Squadron 60' x 70' x 17' (Mains)

2 Squadron 60' x 84' x 17' (Mains)

Note: one large Rescue Servicing, and one large ARS hangar to be provided


I'm sure that the CHs were in fact Pentads !

Apparently this station could use Weston Park (by arrangement with MAP) for Instrument Flying Training.

Ollerton became Hinstock 23 July 1942, Dave Smith suggests to avoid confusion with Tollerton.

Richard Flagg
01-06-2012, 10:03
Thanks Graham, definitely Pentad Hangars, not CH ones there!

Sounds logical regarding the name, not the only one that had to change its name!

Do we hvae any idea on the size / area used by Ollerton SLG before it was extended to become Hinstock?

PNK
01-06-2012, 19:26
You may need a 1941/2 aerial photo to confirm layouts as I don't think any plans are kept.

Richard Flagg
02-06-2012, 00:41
You may need a 1941/2 aerial photo to confirm layouts as I don't think any plans are kept.

Thanks PNK, I assume thats NMR at Swindon who hold them??

PNK
02-06-2012, 02:11
Correct but I notice the IWM hold a 1941 aerial photo of Ollerton SLG. Shame you can't view it but it might be quicker to ask them.

HalibagW1169
05-06-2013, 15:50
Hi ladies and gents.

My late father crashed at Ollerton SLG on 4th December 1940 whilst practicing forced landings(!) in Airspeed Oxford I N4562. I am trying to research the crash and was wondering where I could find copies of airfield plans, accident investigation reports and any photographs of the aircraft which may have been taken.

Many thanks in advance for your help!

Quentin