6 Haunted Air Force Bases in England

~ Spooky October #2 ~


I grew up in a haunted house, and have had a few spooky encounters of my own. It’s no surprise I enjoy writing stories about psychics, and ghosts, and things that go bump in the night.

In the run up to World War 2, hundreds of air force bases were hastily constructed in England and haunted WW2 airfields now litter the English countryside. Most of them have either returned to the farms they were commandeered for, or built over and used for modern purposes. Some still remain, if you want to do some ghost hunting.

  1. RAF Davidstow Moor, Cornwall

Open from late 1942 until 1945. It is the highest airfield in the UK at 294 metres and as such suffered badly with low cloud and fog. There is a superb museum based near the airfield, the Davidstow Moor RAF Memorial Museum, with free admission.

I stumbled on this place years ago, and had my own déjà vu experience. Check out my story here: https://sofiagrey.com/2016/10/02/dreaming-of-ponies-and-a-control-tower/

  1. RAF Wigsley, Nottinghamshire

Reports of morse code tapping inside the control tower. The tower was recently put up for sale: http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2015/09/former-world-war-two-raf-control-tower-near-lincoln-put-on-the-market/

  1. RAF Coleby Grange, Lincolnshire

The derelict control tower is all that’s left of this base, and is said to be haunted by a guilt-ridden RAF officer. The mournful figure has been observed looking sadly from the top floor of the old control tower, his gaze taking in the over grown runway. Mysterious footsteps have also been heard in the top corridor.


  1. RAF Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk

The control tower was restored in 1977 and was turned into the 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum. Several World War II era buildings remain in various states of decay. There are several reports of ghost activity here. http://www.nightwatchmanchronicles.com/thorpe-abbots-haunted-airfield/

  1. RAF Wickenby, Lincolnshire

Shadowy figures walking near the runway, people whistling old songs, airmen spotted smoking cigarettes before vanishing, a pilot who walks into the control room and vanishes upstairs, mechanics running towards where the old hangars used to be and vanishing into thin air.

  1. RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire

Today’s visitors to the former wartime airfield at RAF Hemswell report being challenged by sentries who vanish, or have seen men in vintage aircrew uniform walking or hanging around the hangers, and even heard 1940s’ music playing around the buildings.

Have you visited any spooky locations? Gone ghost hunting for yourself? Or do you think it’s a load of old hokum?


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