RAF Grosmont
RAF Grosmont features in the
NYMR Railway at War
16 - 18 October 2015
  • VE Day events raised £1,350 for Poppy Appeal

    THE Second World War was brought to Teesdale as part of a commemorative event to mark VE day. An exhibition at St Mary’s Parish Hall, in Barnard Castle, included photos, displays about the home front, and replica models of Second World War ...

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  • Home Front

    New for 2016 – a presentation to local organisations by members of the WVS and Home Guard. Uniformed ...
  • Barnard Castle 1940s Weekend

    Great News, the Barnard Castle 1940s Weekend has been set for the 24th to 26th June 2016. As well as our Operations ...
  • WAAFs – We need you.

    If you already re-enact as a WAAF, or would like to, please get in touch. Our scenario of the Operations Room ...
  • Lincolnshire Lancaster Association Day

    A fantastic day at Coningsby for the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association Day. Thousands of people many of whom came ...
  • H.M.S. Badger is a Royal Naval World War II historical re-enactment group. HMS Badger was a shore based Royal Navy establishment at Harwich. We are open to Naval re-enactors who wish to join us and help keep the memory of all the brave people who served alive.

  • Pateley Bridge Home Guard - A Unit created to inform the public about the wartime activities of the Pateley Bridge Home Guard Unit WR6. Its members are available to attend WW2 events in period uniform of this home guard unit.

  • RAF Hawksmere is a fictitious Royal Air Force station in the North-East of England for World War II historical re-enactors. The station is used by all three RAF commands, Fighter, Bomber and Coastal, and is home to five squadrons. Our aim is to further the remembrance of those who served with the RAF during the Second World War (1939 – 1945) by re-enacting as a “Living History” Group through talks, presentations and at commemorative events, hence our motto – “numquam obliviscar” (We will never forget). The station was built in 1937 as the threat of war increased, initially with grass runways which were upgraded to concrete in late 1942. The runways are set at 30/210, 90/270 and 150/320 Squadrons: No 188 Squadron Motto: Quaerat et Destruent - Seek and destroy Formed as a fighter squadron at RAF Stradishall in October 1939, it was equipped with Blenheim Mk 1s, which it took to RAF Bircham Newton in February 1940, where the unit was transferred to Coastal Command. In April it moved to RAF Wittering, where it rejoined Fighter Command and the following month was moved to RAF Manston to fly defensive patrols over the Channel, but in July, a move to RAF St Eval in the South West, saw it back in Coastal Command, carrying out anti-shipping patrols over the Channel, and Irish Sea, having re-equipped with Beaufighters in October 1941. In February 1942 it transferred to RAF North Coates and was reduced toa skeleton squadron in size, but received new Beaufighters in March and resumed its previous duties, although these were now flown over the North Sea, however it did also operate detachments in the South West undertaking similar duties over the Bay of Biscay. In September 1942 the squadron moved to RAF Hawksmere Squadron Code used: - XD From To Aircraft Version October 1939 September 1940 Bristol Blenheim Mk.I October 1940 September 1941 Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV September 1941 Bristol Beaufighter No 634 Squadron Motto: Lorem uiam deferunt ostendit – This shows the route Originally formed as part of the Light Night Striking Force, in No 8 Group at Oakington in January 1943, from elite crews within Bomber Command Squadrons, this unit is equipped with Mosquitoes. It was transferred to No 1 Group to undertake special operations within Bomber Command and has recently moved to Hawksmere in April 1943 as part of the Pathfinder Force (PFF). Squadron Code used: - LQ From To Aircraft Version January 1943 De Haviland Mosquito Mk IV No 629 Squadron Motto: Defendere nobis certamen - We fight to defend Formed originally as one of the Auxiliary Air Force Squadrons, equipped with Hawker Hart light bombers. As war approached, it was upgraded to Hawker Hinds in May 1938. In January 1939 the squadron role was changed to that of a Fighter squadron and was planned to receive Defiants, keeping its Hinds pending their arrival. At the outbreak of war in September 1939 it received its first Hawker Hurricane fighters and by the end of that same month it was flying the more advanced Supermarine Spitfire fighter replacing the majority of the Hurricanes, only a single Flight remaining. No 629 Squadron was attached to No. 11 Group and operated over Dunkirk and throughout most of the Battle of Britain from various bases. It was initially based at RAF Gravesend, but moved to RAF Biggin Hill before the German offensive. At the end of August 1940 the squadron moved North to RAF Acklington for rest and recuperation, having sustained severe casualties. In January 1941 the Squadron was moved to RAF Hawksmere where it currently remains. Squadron Code used: - VZ. From To Aircraft Version March 1936 May 1938 Hawker Hart May 1938 September 1939 Hawker Hind September 1939 September 1939 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I September 1939 February 1941 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I February 1941 July 1941 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa July 1941 August 1941 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb August 1941 Supermarine Spitfire Mks.IIa, IIb No 641 Squadron Motto: Impetus optima defensio - Attack is the best defence Formed in March 1942 at Scampton for the purpose of developing and carrying out low level marking techniques, initially using Avro Manchesters but rapidly moving to Lancasters when the Manchester proved unequal to the task. The Squadron was heavily involved in the “1000 Raids” between May and August 1942. Later in 1942, operating Lancasters in No 1 Group, 641 Squadron became part of Bomber Command's Main Force. The squadron was transferred to RAF Hawksmere during April 1943 Squadron Code used: - EU. From To Aircraft Version March 1942 Avro Lancaster Mk III

  • Friends or "Allies" of the group include other re-enactment or living history groups. These are just some:

    NEReenactorsWW2 Re-Enactors North East - A group" of about 40 re-enactors & individuals united by a common interest in the 1940s era, not bound by membership, rules & regulations, but gather together to socialise and educate members of the public.
    MilitesMilites is a new society dedicated to bringing accurate, engaging and educational recreations of British history to sites and institutions around the UK.
    dtvamvtlogo2 Durham Tees Valley Area Military Vehicle Trust - A group dedicated to the preservation and use of Military Vehicles from all eras but you dont have to be a vehicle owner to become involved. The group or individuals attend many National venues as well as Local Area events and, on occasion, international venues.
    History WardrobeHistory Wardrobe - popular presentations on ladies fashions throughout history, given at venues across the UK, from village halls to stately homes including museums, heritage sites, literary festivals, historical societies, luncheon clubs, NADFAS and WI groups.

  • New for 2016 - a presentation to local organisations by members of the WVS and Home Guard. Uniformed personnel have visited the Trefoil Guild, GSK Retired Staff and Women's Institutes telling the story the local civilian contribution to the war effort. We are already taking bookings for 2017! Iris-WVS-(2014) Allan(HG)