Resources & Research

Please see statement below on External Content


ELSHAM WOLDS
David Fell has established a most informative source on aviation history, especially Elsham Wolds, in North Lincolnshire. Decades of reasearch relating to the airfield and its two Squadrons have resulted in several personal websites - all accessable via 'northlincsweb'. They may not answer every question about the airfield or cover all who served, but do include details of hundreds of aircrew.

The Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust is a charity acknowledging the contribution of airfields to history by erecting memorials at disused airfields, as a permanent reminder for future generations. Their Elsham Wolds web-page includes useful information, with maps plus photos and video of the 2018 Marker Unveiling. It also links to a page about the World War I Landing Field.

Richard Flagg's UK Airfields website has some wonderful Elsham Wolds Photos. These include the (remaining) 'J-Type' Hangar, the Memorial Plaque at All Saints Church, Elsham village, in addition to our own Memorial Room and Garden.
[Other similar photographic records of airfield sites across the UK and overseas can also be easily found from this page.]


SOCIAL MEDIA
The following Facebook Groups are useful for finding or sharing information related to the airfield or associated Squadrons. Generally, the Groups are 'closed' with membership limited to those with a connection, but are invaluable for 'connecting' with kindred interests. (The Links below should be self-explanatory.)

103 Sqn and 576 Sqn RAF Elsham Wolds

576 Squadron (One of the largest single Squadron presences online - Highly recommended for 576 specific research)

NOTE: The Group is developing a separate website

Remembering 166 Squadron - Kirmington

More general Groups relating to Bomber Command or RAF History include:
TO BE DEVELOPED


OTHER AVIATION HISTORY
Anyone with an interest in 576 Squadron, particularly its latter period (after Elsham Wolds), should visit the current RAF Fiskerton Airfield website or it's earlier incarnation at www.fiskertonairfield.org.uk.

For all things related to other aviation in Lincolnshire, including aircraft, airfields, crash sites and memorials a good starting point is the Bomber County Aviation Research pages (over 200 of them).


BOMBER COMMAND The International Bomber Command Centre on a hillside overlooking Lincoln is centred around a Memorial Spire, commemorating almost 58,000 RAF personnel (including those from other countries) who lost their lives serving with the Command. Not only worth a visit (by pre-booking at present), their website gives access to a Digital Archive (compiled by the University of Lincoln) that includes Veteran interviews and the Losses Database.


AIRCREW and PERSONNEL
The Commnwealth War Graves Commission honour and care for the 1.7 million men and women of Commonwealth forces who died in the two World Wars. Their website not only provides a useful guide to memorials, cemeteries and final resting places of air force personnel, but often details individual family backgrounds or hometowns of those killed in action.

Aircrew Remembered - FURTHER INFO PENDING


RESEARCH
The above sources are a good place for starting any research. For more detailed records it may be worth looking at the following.

Service Records, detailing Training, Postings and (if next of kin) Personal Details, of World War II RAF Personnel can be obtained from the MoD (Ministry of Defence) Disclosures Section - LINK PENDING .

The National Archives is the UK Government's official archive located at Kew, in south west London. Although they do not necessarily hold all types of record, the website provides a very useful introduction to conducting research, including Research Guides specific to RAF (plus RFC and RNAS) records

Archives in other countries provide information on those from outside the UK who saw service with the RAF. - DETAILS PENDING

The RAF Museum holds extensive collections of aircraft, artefacts and documents at Hendon (north west London) and Cosford, Shropshire. Details of these and how to visit can be obtained from the website. The Library and Reading Room (visits normally by appointment) are currently closed, but a limited online service and further background information is available on the Research Enquiries page.


This 'beta-version' of the page will evolve and may become a section comprising several pages, each devoted to a specific topic.
Other Links to be included [and structure finalised].


EXTERNAL CONTENT
EWA have no control over external parties, information relating to them or the nature, content and availability of their sites, on this page or elsewhere
on this website. The inclusion of any information or links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse any views expressed.
[i.e. We accept no responsibility for any service provided by external parties or their websites]