Note: This map only gives the location of Buckminster within the UK. If anybody can provide an exact location for the aerodrome, this will be much appreciated.
BUCKMINSTER: Military aerodrome or Flight Station
Military user: RFC/RAF (Royal Flying Corps which became the Royal Air Force)
38 (Home Defence) Squadron (Flying FE.2b’s)
Aircraft Acceptence Park from 1918 to 1919
Location: In/near Buckminster on the B676, 7nm SSW of Grantham, 8nm ENE of Melton Mowbray
Period of operation: 1916 to 1919 only?
Site area: 196 acres 1189 x 686
NOTES: This squadron, based here and also at LEADENHAM and STAMFORD, were mostly employed for anti-Zeppelin attacks, (mostly operating at night of course!), so hardly surprising in my opinion, obviously had little success according to official records. The effect on the British public in WW1 of having the threat of airships and bombers attacking them was quite remarkable and nigh on resulted in mass panic - although the actual risk was really quite small if not non-existent in most areas. Was a German airship or bomber ever recorded for attacking this area?
What I find so interesting in our history, is that when devastating bombing attacks occurred in WW2, on so many cities, the exact opposite reaction occurred. People stood firm with incredible resolve to cope and survive.
Buckminster village is today situated in LEICESTERSHIRE
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