is situated nearby.
Hibaldstow was founded as a
Roman legionary 'roadside fort' on the road from Lincoln to the Humber. Later it became a 'posting station' on the same road. The earliest evidence for occupation suggests a date in the late first century. Occupation continued into the late fourth century. There is no Iron Agesettlement evidence from the Roman site itself [http://www.le.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/eastmidsfw/pdfs/23linrom.pdf] .
as Hiboldestou. Variations in the spelling abound, even within a single document. Some writers have suggested that the name was originally Hubba, a Danish commander or leader. [MILLS, A. D. (1991): "A Dictionary of English Place-Names", Oxford University Press, Oxford]
RAF Hibaldstow was built as a satellite airfield for RAF
Kirton-in-Lindseyin 1941. When the runways were constructed, some of the hardcore was made from material taken from demolished bungalows on the site.
The airfield was commissioned on 12 May 1941 when No.255 Squadron took up residence with their Defiant
Night Fighters. These planes had been drawn from RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey and made one 'kill': an HE111which was shot down near Louth on 5 June 1941.
In June 1941 the Defiants were replaced by Beaufighter IIs and on 23 September 1941 No.253 (Hyderabad) Squadron from
Skeabrea, Orkney, arrived. In addition Havocs from Hunsden, Hertfordshirealso came to the base.
By the start of 1943, the low risk of night attacks by the
Luftwaffelead to the closure of the airbase (23 January 1943). The airbase re-opened on 9 May 1943 for No.53 OTU and once again closed on 15 May 1945. Shortly before closure WAAF Margaret Horton had an 'unexpected ride on the tail of a Spitfire' while acting as a tailweight: She was sat on the tail of the plane, as it was common practice in order to stop it overturning while it taxied to the end of the runway, due to design drawbacks, strong wind and bouncy grassfield. The pilot, anxious to be airborne, forgot about her and failed to stop to allow the WAAF to jump off the tail. As soon as the plane was in the air, the pilot realised that there was something very wrong with the handling of his aircraft. He radioed the control tower to report the problem. The emergency services were called out and the pilot talked back in without being told what had happened. The aircraft landed safely with Margaret Horton still in one piece. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/75/a2742275.shtml BBC - WW2 People's War - A W.A.A.F. at R.A.F. Kirton Lindsey 1944 by Mary Blood (Nee Pettit)] .
On 6 August 1947 the station finally closed and during 1960-61 it was sold off for use as agricultural land. It was also used for
Sunday markets, as a skid-pan by Lincolnshire Policeand by a local parachuteclub. The control towerwas converted to a two storey house in 1976.
An Army cadet named Stephen Hilder plunged 13,000ft to his death in the British Collegiate Parachute Association Championships at Hibaldstow airfield in July 2003, now used as a skydiving club.
Humberside Policelaunched a murder investigation after it was revealed that the bridle on his main and risers on his reserve parachutes had been cut. An inquest in Scunthorpe recorded an open verdictin March 2005.
Top Gear Train Crash
level crossingwas the site of a staged train crash done by BBCmotoring program Top Gear. The stunt involved a train crashing into a Renault Espaceto show the dangers of jumping the red lights of level crossings. The stunt was done in conjunction with Network Railfor their "Level crossings - Don't run the risk campaign" - the first staged train crash in 10 years. The segment was presented by Jeremy Clarksonand the Espace was completely destroyed by the locomotive when it was shown on the 25 February 2007. The line was closed off for a whole day and a weekend to replace the track damaged by the stunt as a result.
* [http://www.skydiving.co.uk Target Skysports, Hibaldstow Airfield]
* [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LIN/Hibaldstow/ Hibaldstow page at GENUKI]
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