Jumping on board a Humber keel might not seem the wisest move in today’s environment of child abduction, trafficking and health and safety driven agendas, but for a seven-year-old Jim Hood back in 1943 it was all about adventure.Driffield airfield (RAF Driffield, also known as Eastburn Landing Ground) was an airfield 280 kilometeers north of London.Before the year was over both converted to Armstrong Whitley IIIs, however.Driffields role in World War II began on the night of 4-5 September 1939.( In early 1941 Driffield was returned to operational use, but this time as a fighter station.213 Sqn and 1 (RCAF) Sqn Hurricanes, along with RNZAF Spitfires of 485Sqn used the airfield before No.4 group reclaimed the airfield in Spring.( Three Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark Vs take off on a leaflet-dropping ("Nickelling") sortie from Driffield, Yorkshire.
They were tasked with intercepting German Zeppelin airship raids on England.
Driffield became a Bomber Command airfield, occupied by 58 and 215 Squadron, flying Vickers Virginia bombers under control of No. However, when 4 Group was formed in April 1937, Driffield was taken over by the new Group.
The RAF expanded rapidly, and 215 Sqn's 'B' flight was used to form 75 Sqn.
On 15 August 1940 a large formation of KG30 Ju88 bombers raided the airfield, scoring 171 direct hits, causing 14 deaths and the destruction of 12 Whitley bombers.
Several other bombers, as well as buildings were damaged, and the airfield was put out of action for several days.
It received a logistics camp on the east side, constructed in brick, flat roofed and centrally heated.