RAF Methwold – Today!

I had the pleasure recently of having a guided tour around former RAF Methwold by Mr Phil Barnes. Phil very kindly gave up his time to show me what remains of this former bomber airfield. His knowledge of the airfield and local history is inspirational. Phil, a member of the Methwold History Group allowed me to view  their documents and photo’s, to which I am very grateful. 

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Below are a mixture of photographs taken on the visit and sent by the Methwold History Group.

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A wonderful  view of the airfield taken from St George’s Church.  The church was, and still is the most dominant feature in the area. In the distance you can just make out one of the surviving T2 Hangers. One can only imagine the sights and sounds you could have experienced from this spire during the 1940’s.

The following photographs depict some of the remaining war-time buildings. I will over the next few weeks try and identify the buildings in relation to the map on the previous page. 

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Some of the original buildings are still in use today. A remarkable testament to the builders of the 1940’s. Little did they realise that 73 years after they were built that not only would they be still standing, but still  used.

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The remaining T2 hanger is the largest and most impressive building still standing. It is only when you stand beside the hanger the sheer size of the structure is appreciated. This hanger is still in use today by a local farmer.

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Another view of the T2 from the other side.

 

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Every Bomber Command airfield had close to it a village, and every village had a pub or two. Methwold was no exception. Every crew would have a favourite pub, or two! This wonderful photograph is of the Bell. It would have been visited by the crews of 218 Squadron during their short stay.  St Georges Church dominates the village.