Ploughed-Out Bomber Airbase


Here’s something pretty damn cool: Ossington airbase in Nottinghamshire, England. From 1942 to 1946 it was an RAF bomber airfield, and then it reverted to farmland. Just look at the big X on the aerial photograph from Google Maps. Six decades of abandonment, and it’s an archaeological landscape!

Thanks to Kai for the tipoff.


  1. #1 Paul Browne
    November 28, 2008

    Of course every so often archeology turns back into an active airfield.

    A couple of months ago I actually met one of the old boys who flew mossies out of Gransden Lodge during WWII, his tales of engine failures on take off at night while carrying a full bomb load certainly put the challenges of winch launching into perspective!

  2. #2 DianaGainer
    November 28, 2008

    As stated by Jon’s father (Jon’s the owner of cartoon character, Garfield the cat) back in the 1960s: “Farm out, man!”

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