East Kirkby

 

The Control Tower at East KirkbyThe Club is associated with the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, which straddles the Greenwich Meridian in East Kirkby near Spilsby Lincolnshire. The centre is a restored WWII RAF base which boasts its own Lancaster bomber, ‘Just Jane’. The Centre is dedicated to the memory of the owner’s brother Christopher Witton Panton, who was killed on active service. It serves as a memorial to him and the thousands of aircrew who made the ultimate sacrifice during 1939 -1945.

Historically 57 Sqdn Lancasters were stationed at RAF East Kirkby until the end of WWII. 630 Sqdn was formed here, their last operation was on the 25th April 1945. 460 Sqdn arrived in July 1945 until disbanded in October 1945. Flying ceased in November 1945 and the station was put on care and maintenance.

From the 14th of August 1954 till 1958 USAF Dakotas of the 3917th Air Base Sqdn of 7th Strategic Air Command Air Division were based at East Kirkby. The airfield was sold off in April 1970. Purchased by the Panton brothers who turned it into an aviation museum which is now home to Avro Lancaster Bomber NX611 ‘Just Jane’.

Lincoln Short Wave Club has a permanent special event station at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre using the callsign GB2CWP (the initials of Christopher Witton Panton).

The station is situated in the Radio Museum at the Centre where present day equipment stands side by side with a T1154 transmitter and R1155 receiver of the type used in aircraft during the second world war shown on the picture on the right. The T1154 has been modified with a crystal VFO to make it more stable and we are able to use it on 3 frequencies on the CW section of the 40 metre band when conditions allow.

The centre holds regular themed events and the Lancaster ‘Just Jane’ does taxi runs.

 

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  1. If any members wish to activate the Special Event call GB2CWP and are not sure about arrangements for getting into the shack get in touch with me. I will be only to happy to meet you down there at a mutually arranged time. I can be contcted on:
    activitiesofficer@g5fz.co.uk or by phone on 07777699069.