British Racing Greens

The Airfield Circuits of Great Britain & Northern Ireland

Ibsley 1951

Scalextric track plan of Ibsley circuit 1951
Track
C82042
C820518
C82025
C82361
C82354
C82065
C82071

Size 2.71 x 2.53m, 8.89 x 8.29ft

Ibsley 1954

Scalextric track plan of Ibsley circuit 1954
Track
C82042
C820516
C82002
C82362
C82356
C82066

Size 2.71 x 2.65m, 8.91 x 8.69ft

Unknown Date | Poem by W.Scott Ex-630 Squadron.

Old Airfield

I lie here still beside the hill
Abandoned long to natures will
My buildings down my people gone,
My only sounds the wild birds call.

But my mighty birds will rise no more
No more I hear the Merlins roar
And never now my busom feels
The pounding of their giant wheels

From the ageless hill their voices cast
Thunderous echos of the past
And still in lonely reverie
Their great dark wings sweep down to me

Laughter, sorrow, hope and pain
I shall never know these things again
Emotions that I came to know
Of strange young men so long ago

Who knows as evening shadows meet
Are they here still a phantom fleet
And do my ghosts still stride unseen
Across my face so wide and green

And in the future should structures tall
Bury me beyond recall
I shall still remember them,
My metal birds and long dead men

Now weeds grow high obscure the sky
Oh remember me when you pass by
For beneath this tangled leafy screen
I was your home, your friend "silksheen"

W.Scott Ex-630 Squadron.

Note: Silksheen was the call sign for RAF East Kirby.

Keevil

Scalextric track plan of Keevil circuit
Track
C820521
C82022
C82361
C82351
C82341
C82069
C82071

Size 4.24 x 1.86m, 13.91 x 6.11ft

Keevil

Scalextric track plan of Keevil circuit
Track
C820519
C82028
C82361
C82351
C82342
C82066
C82781
C82073

Size 4.42 x 1.58m, 14.52 x 5.19ft

31st October 2018 | East Moor

Memorial Update

war memorial rememberance service

I said earlier that there was no commemorative memorial to mark the site of East Moor airfield.

But I've now found out that there is actually a memorial at the end of the main street, in the nearby village of Sutton-on-the-Forest.

The simple yet moving memorial is a sundial, and on it's base, the inscription reads "This memorial is dedicated to all who served at East Moor in World War II, many of whom gave their lives, and in gratitude to the people of Yorkshire who welcomed them."

What's more, each year since 1990 the village has held a memorial service in remembrance of the 640 Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew who lost their lives during operations flown from East Moor.

And just to be clear, that is not a typing error. 640 Canadian airmen lost their lives flying from East Moor, just a single airbase amongst many, in just short of a year, from July 1944 to May 1945.

I must admit, I find it difficult to understand the human cost of such a loss. It's easier to understand the consequences of one death, but when you multiply that by 640, over just one year, I feel completely lost.

Abingdon

Scalextric track plan of Abingdon circuit
Track
C82043
C820516
C82025
C82001
C82358
C82341
C82063
C82074

Size 4.05 x 2.06m, 13.28 x 6.77ft

Crail

Scalextric track plan of Crail circuit
Track
C82046
C820521
C820212
C82361
C82352
C82062

Size 3.95 x 2.96m, 12.95 x 9.72ft