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Guzzis In Bomber County

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by Chris Jessop, May 25, 2020.

  1. Chris Jessop

    Chris Jessop Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Today we were supposed to be attending an event at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, where we are members. Unfortunately the event had been postponed until late August because of the current Covid 19 restrictions, but it was such a perfect day we thought we would still travel over from Yorkshire and do a tour of the area. It's a beautiful part of the country and the Lincolnshire Wolds offer some great riding on quiet roads.

    Lincolnshire was given the nickname of 'Bomber County' because of the large number of RAF bomber bases that were built there in WW2.

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    Thought you guys were in lock down?
     
  3. Chris Jessop

    Chris Jessop Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Travel restrictions within England were lifted on Wednesday 13th May. We can now ride where we wish. It may be July before visitor attractions and museums etc. are allowed to open again.
     
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    Bill Hagan GT Reference GT Famiglia

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    God bless those brave folks.

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    nice paint on the V7.
     
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    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    Oh...I LOVE that paint job on that gas tank! Awesomely beautiful for sure.
     
  7. Chris Jessop

    Chris Jessop Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Thanks for the feedback, Jane's V7 Stone started life as a matt black edition but we had it custom painted by the dealer before she took delivery. The white paint on the tank and side panels is pearlescent and looks stunning.

    History of the East Kirkby air base:

    RAF East Kirkby opened on 20 August 1943 as a Bomber Command Station and is situated not far from RAF Coningsby.

    Stationed at East Kirkby were:

    No. 57 Squadron RAF (5 Group) 27 August 1943 - 25 November 1945
    No. 630 Squadron RAF (5 Group) 15 November 1943 - 18 July 1945

    RAF East Kirkby served also as the headquarters of No 5 (Bomber) Group RAF in command of satellite stations at RAF Strubby, RAF Spilsby, RAF Hemswell and RAF Manby.

    On April 17 1945, near the end of the Second World War, a 57 Squadron Lancaster was being loaded with bombs when a fully armed 1,000lb bomb was unintentionally dropped onto the tarmac. Because the bomb had had its fuse inserted it detonated, setting off the rest of the Lancaster's bombload. A massive explosion killed three airmen, injured 16 others, wrote off six other Lancasters beyond repair and badly damaged a nearby aircraft hangar.

    The final wartime raid from East Kirkby was flown on 25 April 1945. In total, 212 operations were carried out during the war, from which 121 Lancasters did not return. Another 29 aircraft were lost due to operational crashes or accidents. Each Lancaster had 7 aircrew.

    630 Squadron disbanded in July that year and its place was taken by No. 460 Squadron RAAF from RAF Binbrook. This squadron joined No. 57 for transfer to the Far East as part of Tiger Force. In the 1950s, the base was used by the USAF for Air Rescue squadrons for four years. The station (code name Silksheen) closed in 1958. It was sold by the government in 1964.
     
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