Many of these vehicles helped seal World War Two victory for Britain, including on the beaches of Normandy, but today they rest in a ‘vehicle graveyard’ on a former RAF base left untouched since 1963.
The closed military site at RAF Folkingham in Lincolnshire is home to an ageing collection of decommissioned military vehicles, farming machinery and lorries dating from the 1940s, which aided the war effort here and in occupied Europe.
The hulking machines are parked in line, falling apart and forgotten, at the edge of the 6,000ft-long runway, some swallowed up by bushes and trees.
Rusting legend: This DUKW Amphibious vehicle, which was used during the D-Day landings, produced between 1942 and 1945, and used by the British Army up into the 1970s, sits at the closed military site at RAF Folkingham in Lincolnshire
Simon on HMVF visited the site in 2011 and reported:
Had a jaunt over to the old airfield at Folkingham today, with permission of course, which as many will know is owned by Stephen Green, and is home to a collection of all sorts of old machinery and vehicles.
My intention was to have a walk round and get some photos of the military bits and bobs he has, and mainly reference pics of the Martians that he has, but since my last visit about 2 years ago, he has had the gas axe out and is currently cutting everything up for scrap. He has one Martian left, an FV1110, which I have got a few bits off.
I did ask him why, and he replied that it was down to good price of scrap and society’s low life.
The vehicles that I remember there were 5 Martians, a couple of Antars, can’t remember how many Hippos, Humber Pig and 1 ton, though have a feeling someone may have bought this. a Scammell Explorer, odd Bedfords, Commer Q4, a DUKW, possibly a Nubian crash tender, Smiths 10 ton rough terrain crane, this is still there at present. Sure there are others that I can’t remember.
Shame really, but I can see Stephens point of view. I will have a dig out and see what photos I can find from years back when I first started visiting.
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