Contrary to Post No 27, there IS a report of a "bomb store" here, but it could be the Danger Building(s) mentioned.
According to the station's 540, at 18:00 hours on 27 October 1940 a Ju 88 dropped sixteen 50 kg bombs from 1,000 feet and additionally fired a machine gun. The consequences were recorded as "two men slightly wounded....roof of No 1 Hangar holed ....wall of the new bomb store destroyed."
No 85's 540 adds that the hangar damage demolished the squadron's orderly room and adjutant's office, and that AC2 Jordan (in the orderly room) "escaped with a shaking".
Had this been the previous day, the raid might have caught two VIPs who visited the station, arriving at 12:15. These were Sir Archibald Sinclair (Sec of State for Air) and Sir Louis Grey.
Also on 27 October, No 85 had a section of three Hurricanes at Caistor which was scrambled to defend that base against a He 111 that attacked with gunfire. The German aircraft was caught near Kirton and F/Lrt J E Marshall fired two bursts. The Heinkel came down in the sea near Saltfleet at 18:10. The other two pilots were P/O de la Bouchere and Sqdn Ldr Peter W Townsend, the CO (and post-war royal suitor).
On 13 November 1940, Kirton received 24 incendiaries from a Do 17, plus machine gun fire, but there was no damage or casualties.
Moving on a bit, the base residents list should also include the Lincoln Aero Club in the early 1960s, before it moved to Hemswell.
Last edited by Kevin Aeronca; 08-05-2013 at 07:16.
The statement 'new bomb store' implies something built that year (1940). The current standard of BS was then the Type C layout to 5416/40 but I can find no evidence of one.
A diagonal line of attack of roughly NE to SW or the reciprocal would have covered Hangar No 1 and the Danger Building group built that year so perhaps a chevron wall of one store was demolished.
According to the book 'Airfields of Lincolnshire SSince 1912', Kirton-in-Lindsey opened on 15 May 1940 which makes to day 73 years old!
There is a fairly modern 25m small arms range located at the north western corner of the airfield, close by the hangers, but I was wondering where the original barrack range might have been located. Close by the MT yard, and adjacent to the perimiter fence, is a long thin building which was recently used by the saddle club as a stable/store for the indoor riding school which was built next to it, presumably by the Army. I think this long thin building was part of the original range, but if anybody can clear it up for me I'd be grateful.
Yes,The fireing point is part of the saddle club. I have a pre 1970 aerial photoraph showing the original range.
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