You are Heinz Beanz, a top secret German spy and your mission is to discover and report back on the British WW2 airfields of North Shropshire. As a spy, you will naturally be well versed in the recognition of British WW2 aircraft and have a smattering of morse code under your belt - you never know when you might need these skills!
To complete your mission, you will need to find a total of 13 caches, all near old WW2 airfields in North Shropshire. The caches are split between Yellow ("elevated"), Orange ("high") and Red ("severe") alert levels. The Yellow level caches give you the details needed to find the Orange level caches, which in turn give you the details to find the Red level final cache of the series.
This cache is on Yellow alert level and is one of the caches needed to find the Orange level caches and contains the north co-ordinates for Behind Enemy Lines - Peplow. We've included a chart which sets out the series and can be used to track your progress round the series.
Welcome to RNAS Hinstock, otherwise known as HMS Godwit. With the word Hinstock in the title, you'd think the old airfield is near the village of Hinstock, but it's actually several miles away, tucked down narrow country lanes. The airfield was originally setup in November 1939, but it was not until 1942 when the Royal Navy was looking for somewhere to setup it's instrument flying school that the airfield really came to life. The main resident was 758 Squadron, the Naval Advanced Instrument Flying School, flying Airspeed Oxfords. Other types seen here were Barracudas, Fireflies, Avengers and Harvards.
One of the main skills pilots learnt here was how to use a special radio beam to help them fly "blind". The beam was transmitted from the airfield and a steady tone was to be heard by pilots if they flew along it. If they flew either side of it they would hear dots or dashes, depending which side of the beam they were on. The runway was grass, but reinforced by metal tracking. The airfield was abandoned in February 1947. Many of the old buildings remain, including the rare Admiralty designed control tower which is one of only two in the whole of the UK.
The co-ordinates are for the area of the airfield with the most remnants of WW2. To get here you will need to drive along part of the old airfield perimiter track, which is now a road. You can see the old control tower across the airfield from near the cache. Due to building work at the original cache location, we've reluctantly turned this cache into a drive-by not too far from where it was.Here is a map showing where the runways used to be.