This educational charity was established in 1994. with the aim of setting up a Visitor Centre in the old wartime buildings for the display of artefacts and other information about the occupation of this former wartime airfield by No.106 squadron of No.5 Group of Bomber Command, who flew Lancasters on 220 operations, losing 57 aircraft. It honours those aircrew members who lost their lives flying from the airfield.
The Centre is an important element of North Kesteven District Council's Aviation Heritage Trail and thereby makes a substantial contribution to the County's important tourist attractions. They organise an Open Weekend with many added attractions.
Admission to the Visitor Centre is free. It is open from the end of March to the end of October; noon to 4pm on Wednesdays and noon to 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
They are now adapting a mobile classroom as an educational facility for the benefit of visiting parties of schoolchildren to help them to learn what happened in wartime and also that the rest of us may be reminded of the sacrifices made on our behalf.
The friends of Metheringham Airfield are a group of people who actively staff or maintain the Centre, or who support it by their subscriptions that allow friends free admission to an annual programme of talks on aviation heritage subjects, together with a quarterly newsletter which usually contains articles on operational subjects by those who actually flew from the airfield. Their present Honorary President is the Commanding Officer of RAF Coningsby, Group Captain Bob Judson, who is very supportive of all they do.
If you would like to become a member, or just volunteer to help with the Centre on an occasional basis, then please contact the Visitor Centre office on 01526 378270.
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