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Re: The Centurion Lindholme

Post by blackbox » Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:55 pm

This post reminded me of my time at Lindholme/Northern Radar in the early seventies so, if any one is interested, here is a flavour of the times......

29/4/71 Sea Prince T1 WM738/LM-628, WF128/LM-638, WM735/LM-648, WP320/LM-658, WP321/LM-659, 750Sq Lossiemouth. (Visit to Northern Radar)
23/7/71 Vulcan B2 XL361 617 Sq Scampton (circuits,touch & goes)
27/8/71 Hastings C.1A TG536, Hastings T5 TG503/505/511/517/521/553 All based with Strike Command Bombing School
Basset CC1 XS782 Based, 207Sq detachment.
29/9/71 Valetta T3 WJ491 AAEE Boscombe Down
9/12/71 Varsity T1 WF422 College of Air Warfare, Strubby (circuits)
3/2/72 Hastings C1A TG568 Based SCBS
19/6/72 Canberra PR9 XH168 39 sq Wyton (circuits)
30/6/72 Chipmunk T10 WD289, WP797, WP973, WK555 Woodvale ( summer camp)
2/8/72 Victor SR2 XL193 543 Sq Wyton (awaiting test flight following maintenance)
25/8/72 Sea Prince T1 WM738/LM-628, WF111/LM-629, WF128/LM-638, WF133/LM-639, WP320/LM-658, WP321/LM-659 750Sq Lossiemouth. (Visit to Northern Radar)

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Re: The Centurion Lindholme

Post by benyboy » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:03 am

tg13 wrote:I have today been handed a copy of the last edition of the station magazine of RAF Lindholme,August 1972,titled The Centurion.It centres around the closure of the station,and it's history..i personally didn't know that it was given the freedom of Goole on the 4th of March 1971,and marched through with swords drawn and bayonets fixed,along with four Hastings conducting a flypast!! I'll try and scan pages and post them up.
I refuse to believe that anything as remotely interesting as this has ever happened in Goole ! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: The Centurion Lindholme

Post by Sheff » Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:09 am

Love the serials list - oh if only you could go back with a camera!

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Re: The Centurion Lindholme

Post by Lowfly11 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:23 am

840 signals unit was the one based at Northern radar (Lindholme) in later years and the radar used was a type 82 Orange Yeoman.

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Re: The Centurion Lindholme

Post by tg13 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:49 am

I agree there Sheff,if only.Here is some of the information from the magazine,interesting regarding the Victor and the Bassett and the following is as it is written in the magazine...so don't query moi.

"The Bassetts of 207 Sqn Detachment were exchanged for a Devon aircraft in November 1971 and yet another aircraft type joined the Lindholme list when,early this year,a Victor arrived from Wyton for a major repair job at the hands of a contractors working party.When the Hastings cary out their farewell flypast over Goole,this small Yorkshire town will be witnessing not just the beginning of Lindholmes closure,but the departure of the last link between the bomber crews of Strike Command and their county.They will be witnessing the end of an era".

A passage from the Station Commanders farewell editorial (Group Captain R.B Phillips DFC AFC)
To my mind,possibly the saddest feature of the run-down of Royal Air Force Lindholme is the fact that this is-and always has been-one of the friendliest and most co operative stations in the Service.Unfortunately friendship and co-operation cannot be costed and these factors do not enter into econmic considerations.Nevertheless,a great many people,both in and out of the RAF will remember Lindholme for a very long time as a place where people went out of their way to be helpful and paroch.alism was virtually non-exsistent.I can't think of a nicer way for a station to be remembered".

Economic considerations.....where have i heard that before???????????????????? :whistle:

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Re: The Centurion Lindholme

Post by blackbox » Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:21 am

tg13 Fascinating stuff there, would be very interested to see any more, thanks for the post.

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Re: The Centurion Lindholme

Post by Sheff » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:03 pm

I seem to recall that one of the Victors sent to Lindholme for work accidentally went supersonic on a test flight and carried some sort of inscription thereafter? Can't remember where I read the details though but definitely another episode in Lindholme's much-overlooked past. Of course there's also the endless tales of "Billy Lindholme" the ghost of an airman who allegedly roamed the place...

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Re: The Centurion Lindholme

Post by tg13 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:18 pm

Construction and first air attack


Building commenced in May 1938 and progressed smoothly until rumours began circulating that 800 Irish 'navvies' were to be recruited for the main constructsion work.In an area of perennial high unemployment local outrage was hardly surprising.The matter was raised in Parliment,rumour was scotched and Thorne RDC were pacified,leaving the work to proceed at a cost according to the Doncaster Gazette,of £732,000.

Lindholme suffered it's first air attack on a Sunday afternoon in October 1940.A Heinkel 111 dropped four bombs on the airfield followed by two amongst the station buildings,hitting the Sick Quarters and a Barrack Block.One airman was killed and one seriously injured.The only armament on the Station capable of retaliating was a mounting of four Vickers Gas Operated aircraft machine guns mounted on an old aircraft Scarff ring to a design by the station armament officer.The mounting had been completed that very afternoon and was still in the workshop.After the first run by the enemy bomber it was rapidly set up outside the armoury and,as the Heinkel came back on his second attack 400 rounds were loosed off at him.Unfotunately no damage was observed but he was brought down by fighters over the North Sea.

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Re: The Centurion Lindholme

Post by captain scarlet » Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:05 pm

aviationandy wrote:I think Moorlands is an open prison, I THINK... :unsure: :unsure: :unsure:

One of the lads from the nick I work at sometimes has to drive over there for "stuff", I'll have to see if I can blag a lift next time... :whistle: ;)
The moorland prison adjacent to lindholme is a closed site. The open prison (moorland open) is at hatfield and used to be called hatfield yoi (yound offenders institution). The prison service had the wonderful idea of 'combining' the 2 sites admin therefore moorland closed (moorland) and moorland open (ex hatfield).

Anyone know how RAF Lindholme got its name? Answers on a postcard please . . .

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Re: The Centurion Lindholme

Post by tg13 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:48 pm

Something to do with a country house and the hamlet of Lindholme???

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Re: The Centurion Lindholme

Post by Lowfly11 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:13 pm

Lindholme Hall is now the home of a Buddhists community..since last year.

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Re: The Centurion Lindholme

Post by captain scarlet » Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:05 am

Well done for the answer :thumb: ,

lindholme was originally called hatfield but to avoid confusion with the one down south the name was changed to lindholme (as you say, a very small hamlet or nearby hall),

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