Metheringham Airfield Visitors Centre

Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre has developed its own education visit that focuses on 106 Squadron, RAF Metheringham, the social history of the area and the experiences of children in the Second World War.

Opening times

Easter to October:
Wednesday – 11am to 4.00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays – 11am to 5.00pm

Teachers can prepare for a visit to Metheringham by using the Home Front resources or looking at the airfield operations activities on this site which explore areas such as aircraft forces, and structures, communication, weather, seeing and light.

Specialist area

Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre tells the story of RAF Metheringham which was home to 106 Squadron of Bomber Command during the Second World War. The site has many of the original buildings; the former ration store has been restored and now houses a fascinating collection of photographs and memorabilia recalling life on an operational Second World War airfield

Ideal age range for visits

Metheringham attracts aviation enthusiasts and people with a connection to 106 Squadron. Education visits are best suited to children aged 9 to 11 but a program for older students can be prepared.

There are ample facilities for children. Volunteers have created an educational visit where children can sample life as a child during the Second World War. They experience lessons in a 1940s classroom and experience the air raid shelter. There is a quarter-size Lancaster bomber which young people can use as a learning resource for maths activities.

What is unique about this venue?

This is an original site, with original buildings, a 1940s classroom, air raid shelter. There is quarter size Lancaster. There is a memorial to 106 Squadron.

RAF Metheringham became home to 106 Squadron part of 5 Group Bomber Command, in 1943, although the base was not complete when 106 Squadron arrived. They had only a week to settle in before the Squadron was operational in time for the Battle of Berlin.

By the time the war in Europe was over 17 months later, 106 Squadron had flown over 200 operations and suffered losses of 59 Lancaster bombers. There is a poignant reminder of all the aircraft and crew lost in the centre.

The Squadron then prepared to depart for war in the Far East as part of the ‘Tiger Force’.

The Squadron disbanded within six months of the end of the war in the Far East in September 1945. As the airfield was of no further use to the RAF it was closed in the spring of 1946.

On site

Alongside original buildings, the site has ample parking, toilet facilities, a shop and large outdoor spaces. Ideally school groups should be no more than 30 children.

Visitor information

Visits are free but donations are welcome.

Opening Times – Easter to October
Wednesday – 11am to 4.00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays – 11am to 5.00pm

Souvenir Shop
Groups and schools welcome by prior appointment
Contact: Mr. Peter Scoley
Telephone: +44(0)1526 378270

Our partners

Heritage Lottery fundedNorth Kesteven District CouncilLincolnshire County CouncilWest Lindsey District CouncilEast Lindsey District CouncilRenaissance East Midlands