THE RAF Balderton Research Group team at Scampton Airshow were, left to right, Colin Savill, Leighton Topham, Pete Stevens and Debbie Taylor. Photograph: Contributed
THE RAF Balderton Research Group team at Scampton Airshow were, left to right, Colin Savill, Leighton Topham, Pete Stevens and Debbie Taylor. Photograph: Contributed

People from around the world took the chance to learn more about a former airbase that was used during the second world war.

RAF Balderton Research Group had a stall at Scampton Airshow in the Dambusters Heritage Hangar at the weekend.

Volunteers Mr Colin Savill, Mr Leighton Topham, Mr Pete Stevens and Debbie Taylor manned the stall to tell people about the history of RAF Balderton.

The air base was built in the early 1940s and was a major base for the US Army Air Forces.

At its peak, 1,510 men and 208 women were there and more than 200 people stationed there lost their lives.

RAF Balderton Research Group has been looking into the history of the airbase for around two years.

Debbie Taylor said: “The airshow was a resounding success for our group.

“We had an incredibly successful time with a huge number of visitors from all around the world visiting our stand to learn about the history of this forgotten second world war base.

“The group were made to feel very much at home and have already been invited back again for next year’s airshow.

“The group is going from strength to strength with some very exciting projects arising from this weekend’s events.”

The research group has a display at Newark Air Museum, including photos of the airbase and stories from those connected to it.

People can contact the research group by visiting RAF Balderton Research Group on Facebook.

The group is always looking for stories from the area during the airfield’s life and photographs of Balderton and the airfield.