WALTHAM AERODROME - RAF GRIMSBY - CIVIL AIR GUARD - EFTS - LINCOLNSHIRE

MILES MAGISTER - HAWKER HART - HAWKER HIND - BLACKBURN B2

 

 

 

I have a tale to tell that starts before World war two:

 

Around 1938, the village of Waltham, close to Grimsby in Lincolnshire became the home of a civil flying field. This field had a hangar and clubhouse where these hobbyist pilots would meet at weekends. One of these hobbyists was a man named James Harold Haselden, my uncle. During the week he worked as a carpenter helping to construct wooden shuttering for aircraft hardstandings at the likes of RAF Binbrook but at weekends his passion would take over and he would fly

My father, Henry Sydney Haselden, often told me of James flying Miles Magisters and Hawker Hinds at Waltham. On one occasion, James had to make an emergency landing in a field to the south of the main Laceby Road close to the village of Laceby. The aircraft was eventually recovered back to Waltham. I was also told of how, on another occasion, James, whilst navigating his way down south had to land at Brize Norton because of fog. I was amazed at how navigation back then was looking out of the cockpit at landmarks and roads

James spent a lot of his time riding motorcycles especially Velocettes and a Brough Superior. Dad often used to tell me about the odd Saturday when James would turn up at their home around 13:00 and ask Dad if he wanted to go to Donnington Park to watch the racing. Sure enough they would set off and in Dad's words "Never see a single car on the road"

Eventually James moved to Brough in Yorkshire where he became part of No 4 Elementary Flying Training School

On Monday 24th June 1940 whilst flying a Blackburn B2 biplane with a student, he was involved in a mid air collision over the River Humber

He lost his fight for survival on the Thursday, 27th June 1940. He was 24 years old. His student survived the crash

James Harold Haselden had sustained severe head injuries

 

The copyright for the above photograph remains the property of the current owner
This is not one of my images

 

The photo clearly shows Cheapside Road leading to/from Waltham village in Lincolnshire and the original entrance to the airfield on the series of bends that is now just a gap in the hedgerow
Inside the airfield can be seen the wooden clubhouse which is the long building just left of centre. When I photographed this building in 1987 it had been moved to a location close to the WWII entrance
This building was burnt out by some mindless idiots a few years after I took the photo's
Just above centre and again to the left with an open door was one of the main hangars. This was still in existence when I took a series of photographs in 1987 and I actually took this as well
I think that this hangar has now been replaced by a corrugated replica
Clearly seen on the far right is the airfield identification circle in the grass

 

The original Civil Air Guard hangar at Waltham Grange Airfield constructed around 1930 and photographed by me in 1987. This hangar would have been associated with my uncle Jim but when I photographed it was not in its original location. In fact, this is the hangar featured in the aerial photograph that has one of its doors open. In this shot, the hangar is located close to the WWII entrance

 

The original Civil Air Guard clubhouse at Waltham Grange Airfield constructed around 1930 and photographed by me in 1987. This clubhouse would have been associated with my uncle Jim who no doubt had many a drink in here but when I photographed it was not in its original location. In fact, this is this building featured in the aerial photograph close to the main entrance near Cheapside bends. In this shot, the clubhouse is located close to the WWII entrance