RAF Elsham Wold in the UK opened in July 1941 as a heavy bomber station and from the outset, it held Wellingtons, Halifaxes, and finally Lancaster Bombers. Elsham Wold is in the county of Lincolnshire and it’s a cold bleak site, the squadrons based there had many losses and accidents caused by ice and freezing fog.
In January 1945, a Corporal Hilary, took a van across the far side of the airfield. Due to the thick fog, Hilary had to drive with the van lights full on. It was midday and Hilary became lost out on the airfield. She stepped out of the van to try and locate her position when she saw coming out of the fog into the van headlights three aircrews in the full flying kit. She asked them for directions but they just walked past and disappeared into the fog. That day no flying took place because of the fog and aircrew would not have walked across the field. Did Hilary see a phantom crew?
Although little remains of RAF Metheringham, also in the county of Lincolnshire, its ghost continues to remind people that it played an important role in World War 2.
A young lady, in her late teens, is often spotted standing at the side of the road between 9:30 and 10:00 pm. She stands on what was once part of the airfield and wears a pale green coat with a grey scarf. Pinned to her lapel is a RAF wings badge. The ghost has stopped cyclists, motorists and pedestrians, asking for help, telling whomever she stops that her fiancé has skidded riding his motorcycle and is lying injured nearby. The ghost appears quite real rather than the ethereal. As with most road ghosts, there is a sinister side to the sighting. On her sudden disappearance, the witness is stricken with inexplicable fear, panic and sense of unreality. The ghost leaves behind a powerful odour of putrefaction. One witness who met the lady said, “I could not see her eyes, or horribly, no eyes in the sockets at all, the frontal skull orbits were empty!”
It is claimed that the young lady was killed near the end of World War 2 when her fiancé crashed his bike, throwing her off it, and breaking her neck and causing terrible head injuries. The two were due to be married and she had just ordered her wedding gown.
Written and Contributed by,
CMDR Collie Jay
Edited by: LT Coralie Foggarty