Aviation Ghosts & Mysteries - Paranormal Database Records


Location: Postling - Postling Wood
Type: Other
Date / Time: 21 June 2012
Further Comments: The story of a ghostly spitfire appearing here was carried in the local press; it was actually Spitfire BM597, owned by the Historic Aircraft Collection, and was operating from Pent Farm Aerodrome on the day in question.

Black Cat

Location: Poynton Green - Field in the village
Type: Other
Date / Time: 22 October, every ten years (next in 2021) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Two Czech pilots died here on 22 October 1941, crashing in the field as they ran out of fuel. A local farmer rushed to the field in an attempt to save them, but was beaten back by the flames. He did, however, see a black cat emerge from the burning wreckage. The creature made its home with a local old woman, and when she died, the cat vanished, but appears once every ten years at the crash site.


Location: Raydon - Second World War Airfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen by huts near the former Officer's Mess, a ghostly Military Policeman is said to walk around the area. There are also reports of phantom aircraft, including a P-47 and a B-17.

Crashing Planes & WWII pilots

Location: Ridgewell - Ridgewell World War Two Airfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Now little more than a collection of old huts, the area is haunted by the sounds of crashing WWII aeroplanes, shouting airmen, and other noises.

Lancaster Bomber

Location: Rishworth - Saddleworth Moor, along M62
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 15 August 1995, approx 14:30h
Further Comments: A father and daughter driving eastbound spotted a Lancaster bomber flying nearby, smoke coming from a left right hand engine. They passed under Scammonden Bridge, and after coming out were no longer able to see the aircraft.

Disappearing L'il Butch

Location: Rougham - Old USAAF base
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1945
Further Comments: Towards the end of World War 2, L'il Butch was shot down during a bombing run on Germany, but briefly reappeared at the air base a few months later, as if it had just landed. Little exists of the airfield now - an industrial site now stands on the area, and fields cut off access to the runways.

Lancaster Bomber

Location: Rowsley - Road by an unnamed retail outlet
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 03 August 2015
Further Comments: Richard and Helen Jephson were reported in local news as having witnessed a Lancaster bomber which flew low and silent above them. They expected the aircraft to crash into a nearby wooded area, but it did not happen.

Pilots in Hanger

Location: Rufforth - Rufforth Airfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A disastrous bomber landing resulted in almost a dozen deaths, a wrecked farmhouse, and three more bombers ruined as they sat on the ground - the crew of the aircraft responsible have been observed in a hanger on the site.

Sitting Airman

Location: Sawbridgeworth - Former RAF Sawbridgeworth
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This lonely airman sits by the side of the road, patiently waiting for a lift which has never yet arrived.

Pilot in Lifejacket

Location: Scampton - Old RAF Base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This pilot, thought to date from the Second World War, has been seen in the control tower at the air force base. He may have been the source of the disembodied voice which said 'hello!' to a man walking through an empty hanger. Chatting has been heard in the crew room, though when investigated it has been found devoid of life. Guy Gibson's dog is also reported to haunt the base, killed on the road outside in 1943.

Lt Peter Salter

Location: Scampton - Old RAF Base
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 7 December 1916
Further Comments: During World War One a pilot reported greeting Lieutenant Salter as he walked into the officer's mess, and the Lieutenant responded in kind; unbeknown to the witness, Salter had just died in an air crash many miles away.

Shadow-like Man

Location: Scopwick - Road parallel to RAF Digby
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 17:25h, 29 January 2007
Further Comments: Two men travelling back to Waddington spotted a figure wearing a long cloak or tail coat disappearing into a hedge row towards the airbase. One witness said the figure was transparent or shadowlike, and did not appear to have any legs.

RAF Pilot

Location: SE28 - Abbey Road and Tavy Bridge (former Erith Marshes), Thamesmead
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This pilot died when his spitfire crashed into the marshes during World War 2. This tall, dark uniformed man has been reported in several buildings along the road. Some also report that the sound of a German aircraft crashing into the marshes here can still be heard.

Downed Vickers

Location: Shepperton on Thames - Field near Ferry Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1932
Further Comments: In 1929 an old Vickers aircraft crashed in this field, killing its two crew members. The crash was heard several times over the next few years by locals, and was even reportedly seen; the plane glowing blue in the pale moonlight.


Location: Sleaford - Boundary Café, Colbey Grange
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Nicknamed 'Fred', this phantom resembles a young RAF pilot in overalls. Due to the proximity of the café to the former RAF base, it is speculated he was based there during World War Two.

Guilt Ridden Officer

Location: Sleaford - Colbey Grange - former RAF base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This phantom officer in RAF uniform is thought to return briefly around May time, in regret for sending dozens of young men off to their deaths, in particular a close friend of whom he was particularly fond. The remaining control tower is thought to be particularly haunted, with footsteps and crashes heard and a poltergeist like entity throwing stones and broken glass at people who venture too close.

Vanishing John

Location: Stamford Bridge - Garrowby Hill
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: August 1999
Further Comments: A female witness reported interaction with the ghost of a World War 2 RAF officer at this site. The figure in brown walked up to her, introduced himself as 'John' and, as he touched her hand, vanished.

Crashing Aircraft

Location: Stonehenge - Small monument to two pilots
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: World War Two
Further Comments: Several people driving together during World War Two witnessed a plane crash here - when they investigated, all they could find was the monument to the first two members of the Royal Flying Corps to die in a plane crash.

Lancaster Pilot

Location: Strubby - WW2 RAF base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This decapitated shade nicknamed 'Strubby' is the result of a Lancaster bomber crash near the hanger area during the Second World War.

George & Co

Location: Sunderland - North East Aircraft Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several entities are reputed to haunt this museum. The bottom half of a man has been seen walking around the hangers, wearing black trousers but no shoes. A phantom hound reputedly remains here, and poltergeist activity has also been reported - one witness watched an old fashioned gramophone, part of a static display, start to play unaided.

Pilot in the Fog

Location: Sutton - RAF Mepel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 1960
Further Comments: An RAF police officer encountered the apparition of an RAF pilot in full flying gear in the fog. The phantom dissolved before him. The witness tried to report it as an incident and was told not to bother as it had been seen before. Others on site had heard the sound of an aircraft flying low as if to land, though no aircraft would actually touch down.

Screaming Women

Location: Tangmere - Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed by a bomb during World War Two, members of the Woman's Auxiliary Air Force can still be heard screaming on this site.

Andrew Mynarski

Location: Teeside - Teeside International Airport (was Middleton St George airfield ), hangers and nearby St George Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards, Pilot seen in hotel 1982
Further Comments: Mynarski died after trying to save a trapped pilot in a Lancaster bomber as it dived towards earth, and was awarded the VC for his efforts. His restless spirit currently walks the area he was stationed during the war, and was seen outside the control room and hangers in the 1950s. Another version of the story names the phantom as a Canadian pilot named Mullen. In 1982 a pilot reported feeling a weight on his bed which vanished when he told it to go away, and although this could be sleep paralysis, the pilot researched further and found 20 more people who had experienced the same event.

Time for Breakfast

Location: Thurleigh - Thurleigh Airfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: One man reported smelling a full English breakfast being cooked, though he was in the middle of an empty car park. He was later told that the location where he stood was once the site of mess tents. Other places on the airfield have their own ghosts. The Officer's Mess is home to ghostly footsteps, while policemen patrolling the airfield once peered into an empty hut, only to see a group of wartime airmen playing cards!

Voice over the Tannoy

Location: Tibenham - Old World War Two Airbase
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This echoing voice has been heard on the ground here using a non-existent tannoy, barking orders at crews who died over fifty years ago. The sound is sometimes accompanied by the sound of a bomber warming up before take off.

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