Petwood Hotel , Woodhall Spa 617 SQD

Andyb
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Petwood Hotel , Woodhall Spa 617 SQD

Postby Andyb » Tue May 21, 2019 8:33 am

I thought I had covered this but cannot find it on the forum so I thought I would make a post up :thumbsup:

We had the pleasure of staying at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa this weekend and it is a fabulous hotel steeped in WW2 History as it was the officers mess for the 617 squadron after it left RAF Scampton in 1943 and moved to RAF Woodhall Spa. The hotel still retains the squadron bar which is full of memorabilia and pictures and the hallways are lined with pictures to honour the crews. The hotel still holds functions for the 617 association which were there this year, and Johnny Johnson was still there at the great age of 93 :thumbsup:
The hotel also still flys the RAF Ensign and when the BOB Lancaster returns from its display on its way the RAF Conningsby , it will deliberately fly over the hotel as a mark of respect.

I will put the link up which you can browse though and a brief history of the airfield thanks to Wiki :thumbsup:

https://www.petwood.co.uk/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Woodhall_Spa

Here we have some ww2 photos of aircrew at the Woodhall Spa hotel, including Guy Gibson :

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Here are a few pictures of the experimental bouncing bomb they have in the garden and a new wooden figure of a airman looking up to the sky’s

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Also in the village is a memorial to the 617 squadron

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Notice the top of the memorial is shaped as to the breech of the dams

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muckaroon1960
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Re: Petwood Hotel , Woodhall Spa 617 SQD

Postby muckaroon1960 » Tue May 21, 2019 9:02 am

Excellent post Andy. Visited the memorial some years ago after going to Conningsby to see the BBMF.

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Re: Petwood Hotel , Woodhall Spa 617 SQD

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue May 21, 2019 12:22 pm

Great thread Andy thanks for posting :thumbsup: Regards Mark

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Re: Petwood Hotel , Woodhall Spa 617 SQD

Postby The Devils Bank » Tue May 21, 2019 3:53 pm

Great pictures Andy, thanks for showing them :thumbsup:

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