Aviation Ghosts & Mysteries - Paranormal Database Records

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.


Location: Ticknall - Skies over the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2014
Further Comments: A witness watched a low flying, four engine aircraft from the Second World War fly overhead. The witness later realised it was a Halifax bomber - there are no operational Halifaxs left.

Airman with Silk Scarf

Location: Turweston - RAF Turweston
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: Thought to be another casualty of World War Two, this spectral airman was last seen by the base's cook.

Lost Pilot

Location: Upavon - Perimeter around former RAF Upavon
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: This shadowy pilot was killed when his First World War aircraft crash landed in nearby fields. He was reported several times by men on guard duty.

Flash of Person

Location: Waddington - RAF Colby Grange - Tower
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 20 October 2007
Further Comments: While out walking with her husband, this witness briefly spotted the flashing image of a person. The witness said the area was completely void of birds, insects or other wildlife.

Faceless Motorcyclist

Location: Waddon - Roundshaw Housing Estate
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1971
Further Comments: The motorcyclist was seen early in the morning, dressed in old clothing. It is thought he was stationed on this site during World War 2, which was a RAF base. Other airfield ghosts reported around the area include a Dutch pilot killed when his airplane crashed in fog in the 1930s and three nuns who died when their plane crashed in 1947. Phantom singing has also been reported on the estate.

Bomber Crewman

Location: Wantage - Former site of RAF Grove (currently an industrial unit)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late 1970s
Further Comments: Staff at the private company which took over this industrial unit frequently reported a ghostly figure dressed in flying kit or feeling his presence. It was speculated that he was a local man who was killed when his bomber crash landed nearby - the payload exploded, killing everyone on board.

Lancaster Crew

Location: Welford - RAF Welford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The crew of a Lancaster bomber which crashed shortly after take-off have been observed crossing the old runway. The Glenn Miller hangar is one of the last places the big band member played before being killed; one account says the place is eerily quiet with local wildlife shunning the area, while another says band music has been heard coming from the hangar.


Location: Wellesbourne - Former RAF base
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This member of the RAF ran into the rotating blades of a stationary aircraft - his shade has been seen and heard retracing his final steps.

Kitted Out Airman

Location: West Malling - Old World War 2 Airfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The haunt of a World War Two airman, this figure may also be to blame for throwing bricks at passing vehicles.

Dark Form

Location: Weston on the Green - RAF Weston on the Green, south-western side of the airfield on the perimeter track
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1995
Further Comments: An officer taking part in a night exercise on the airfield with a group of ATC cadets encountered several dark shapes. The warm night air quickly turned icy cold, and the officer watched as one of the dark shapes ran towards him. He sidestepped the figure, and it vanished as it passed him. The man later mentioned his experience to a colleague, and was overheard by an airman who had also had a similar encounter previously.


Location: Weybridge - Skies over the town
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: During thunderstorms
Further Comments: The plane was blown out of the sky in during a storm in the mid 1930s - now when the weather conditions are bad, the aircraft can be heard struggling in the wind.


Location: Wickenby - Wickenby RAF base (World War 2)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: World War 2
Further Comments: Michael Bentine, of The Goon Show fame, worked here during the war. After a period of leave, Bentine headed towards his hut and walked past a friend and fellow officer known as 'Pop', whom he greeted. Pop nodded his response and continued walking. The following morning, Michael discovered Pop had died two nights previous. A nearby building is also reported haunted, this time by a WAAF officer who killed herself after her boyfriend died during a bombing raid over Germany.


Location: Wigsley - Control Tower
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Post World War Two
Further Comments: There are a few reports (or rumours) of the faint tapping of Morse code coming from this empty building. A driver who passed the tower in the mid 1990s briefly spotted an airman in beige along the road.

Bomber Trying to Land

Location: Wittering - Wittering RAF base, airfield
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Second World War onwards, last witnessed 1990?
Further Comments: Crashing into the control tower during the Second World War, the bomber is said to re-enact the fatal accident, either silently descending until it reaches ground where it disappears or else it hits the Control Tower. Ghostly airmen have also been seen around the site of the crash, and a former MP reported feeling a presence and lights coming on and unexplained loud bangs in the control tower. They also heard footsteps in the empty building corridor in what was the old hangar for 1 squadron, together with observing shadows moving into rooms.

White Haired Woman Standing in the Corner

Location: Woodbridge - RAF Woodbridge, Bar and Club
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The club has a reputation for being haunted by ex-service personnel, but an old woman dressed in a night-shirt has also been seen here, standing in the corner of the bar.

Pet Photograph

Location: Woodhall Spa - Former World War Two airfield
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1940s (photo) and 1980s (pilot)
Further Comments: A photograph of a group of airmen revealed a black dog standing at the end of the line up that was not spotted at the time by neither the photographer nor any of the pilots. It was later suggested it was 'Nigger', Guy Gibson's pet dog that had been run over a few months before. During the 1980s, a team of engineers working at night spotted a pilot in 'old flying gear' walking along a corridor. One of the team went to investigate, only to find that the pilot had disappeared.

Helicopter Pilot

Location: Yelverton - RAF Harrowbeer
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 1987
Further Comments: A woman photographed alone in a helicopter found, after her prints her developed, a figure sitting next to her in the pilot's seat. Though the phantom figure could have been created by lighting and reflection, others are less sure.

The Good Musician

Location: York - Passageway once known as Beedham's Court, off Skeldergate
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A small band of musicians were performing around the city when they found themselves joined by another unannounced member. He played the violin particularly well, and as the band completed a song standing by Beedham's Court, their new-found violinist vanished, leaving only the strong smell of brimstone.

Drunken Airman

Location: York - The Golden Fleece public house, Pavement Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Towards the end of World War 2, a drunken Canadian pilot fell from an upstairs window in the building, and broke his neck on the pavement below. Since then, this ghost has reportedly haunted the bedroom from which he fell.

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