Below are a few extracts taken from an account by Mr Colin Crane in the BBC WW2 Peoples War archives recounting his childhood memories of RAF Cardington.
''RAF Cardington - My home (a fairly new council housing estate of 1937/8 on the Cardington Rd) was located en route and very near to RAF Cardington and it was usual and very common for us lads to stand in the street waiving to several very large canvas back lorries that were often full of military/RAF personnel being transported to and from RAF Cardington. This was the case well in to the early 1950’s.
Other grey/blue lorries transported extremely large ‘Gas Bottles’ that the local kids always believed were ‘bombs’. RAF Cardington was a local base where enormous barrage balloons were made and repaired/tested. The gas bottles were used to fill these barrage balloons.
This base was also a major local civilian employer, many men and women from my area were employed at ‘The Drome’ (Aerodrome) as RAF Cardington was known locally. I cannot remember anyone owning a car and all people I knew would cycle to and from work , many came home to lunch too as most workers did of that era.
Cardington ‘Hangars’ Planes and Parachutes - Formations of several planes still flew overhead, sometimes ‘bombers’ from East Anglia as well as other planes, as often seen in old films these days. Spitfire style prop planes also flew to and from RAF Cardington and the local boys watched in awe. We would sometimes walk or cycle to the boundary fence to watch the balloons being winched or planes taking off etc.
My schools (Kingsbrook School for 7-11 year olds) also the Silver Jubilee infants and secondary schools were suitably located just a mile, as the crow flies from RAF Cardington and we would sit in classes and spot parachute drops from tethered balloons, also prop planes flying to and from the grass runways at Cardington several times a day, every day.''
These must have been very exciting times for young boys back then!