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    Can anyone advise me where I could obtain plans of the airfield, runway layout, dispersals etc. of the former 4 Group Bomber Command base RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor in Yorkshire? Known as the Land of Nod and home to 76 Squadron during WWII.

    I have roughly calculated the position of the runways using a small drawing from the 76 Sqn memorial window in the Parish Church then scaling it up and superimposing it on Google aerial imagery but its very approximate and in places it doesn't make sense.

    Holme once had the standard three runway configuration but from aerial imagery and OS maps only parts of the main E-W runway can now be identified. I can only assume the other runways were dismantled years ago. Thank you.
    Norman
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    Norman, Hi,
    Some time back we had a similar problem with RAF Snaith. RAFM came up trumps with plans - and even blew up the bit(s) we were interested in! Excellent service. Now whether they still do that I don't know. And, it took some time, but it was well worth the wait and we were in no hurry.
    If you need something a bit quicker then have you got Willis & Holliss? There's a 1944 sketch map of the runways at Holme which should enable you to locate the "missing" runways from the "existing" runway.
    If you've not got access to that book then try your local library. If that fails then I can copy the appropriate page to you if you give me an email address by PM or via my email address which is on the Forum Members List.
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    Thanks for your help Peter.

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    Norman,

    Have you tried http://www.airfields.fotopic.net/c1490458.html , which gives the runway orientations, or http://wikimapia.org/2249847/Former-RAF-Holme-upon-Spalding-Moor .

    Either might be of some use.

    Brian

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    hello,

    There's no picture neither maps in "To see the dawn breaking" - 76 Squadron operations, by W.R. Chorley.

    Holme-on-Spalding Moor is often mentioned in "From Hull, Hell and Halifax- an illustrated History of No. 4 Group 1937-1948" by Chris Blanchett. No aerial picture. A small description on page 207 gives : "18 miles sout east of York. Opened under No. 1 Group in August 1941. In June 1943 No. 76 Sqaudron moved in with Halifax MkVs from Linton-on-Ouse and the station came under No. 4 Group control. No. 76 operated from here until the end of the war. Part of the airfield is now an industrial estate. Holme remains one of the best preserved bomber airfields in Yorkshire with many of its original wartime buildings still intact. The runways, however, have been removed."
    Page 209 shows a 'J' type hangar and twin water tower pictured in april 1987.
    There's a small drawing on page 214 but my scanner is broken. it's quite small as the page contains 12 airfield plans.
    I hope another member of the board will be able to supply you a scan from the book, at least for starters.

    Joss

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    Hi:
    To add a post-war note, the airfield was operated by Hawker Siddeley and, I presume, British Aerospace for test flying Buccaneers build/rebuilt at Brough. When I was there circa 1970 we used to tow them out there (backwards) at 4:00AM with a police escort for their first flights. In addition to the Buccaneers, we also test-flew British Phantoms on various trials.
    Happy days!
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    Robert, That was amazing, thank you. Can I get this straight - you say that Buccaneer and Phantom Jets were towed along the country roads of Yorkshire on their own wheels all the way from Brough?

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    Brian and Joss, Thank you for the information, it has helped me a lot.

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    Just the Buccaneers. The new production aircraft were towed out for flight testing as the runway at Brough was not long enough. The Phantoms flew into HOSM for test purposes - can't recall the equipment under test on the Phantoms as I only worked on the Buccaneers.

    Royal Navy pilots used to deliver aircraft to HOSM so they could be towed to Brough for prep for RAF service. They used to arrive carrier style with no flare whatsoever in huge clouds of blue smoke. Many a tyre was blown!

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    Hawker Siddeley took over HOSM in the 60's and operated the Buccaneer from there in about 1967.
    In Sept that year one of the Buccs was towed to Driffield from HOSM in the way described by Rob to avoid any delays caused by the Phantom programme. A further 6 flew in later. All of this happened about the time the Martel missile was being tested

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    Eddie

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