Ghost Stations

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GHOST STATIONS 1 book cover

Ghost Stations is a series of books by the British military historian Bruce Barrymore Halpenny, containing ostensibly true ghost and mystery stories generally connected to the RAF, airfields and other military or war connected stories.

History[edit]

Bruce Halpenny had been writing ghost stories in the 1960s and encountering ghost stories in his exhaustive research into airfield histories, when he decided they should form the subject of a special book, and so started to add to and research his “ghost-mystery” files about abandoned airfields that "murmur and whisper with ghosts".[1][2] Halpenny had by 1984 become acknowledged as a respected British military historian, expert in airfield histories, and expert in "RAF ghosts", especially surrounding airfields.[3]

The author has since the 1960s been presenting evidence of paranormal activity on airfields, as well as campaigning for not just the Government to do their part and preserve a 1939–45 War airfield, in its original condition to let future generations see, but also for the history of each to be recorded fully and the men and sacrifice never forgotten.[4]

Ghost Stations was officially launched at RAF Wittering on Thursday 16 October 1986.[5] The book took 18 months to compile[5] and drew upon the author's knowledge and experience working in airfields and documenting their history.[5] Ghost Stations proved a best seller[6] and was followed by a second book, entitled, Aaargh! that was published with over 30 "ghostly and mysterious" tales, one of which was "The eerie mystery of Lightning 894". Aaargh!, was later to become Ghost Stations 2 as six more books followed over the years.[7]

GHOST STATIONS became a trademark in the late 1980s and in 2008 the new Ghost Stations series, based on the original series, was brought out. In the new series the stories had been shuffled around and merged, thus a story that was being investigated by Bruce Halpenny that was in several books in the old series, were merged into one story in one book in the new series. Also regional books were created in the new series, with Ghost Stations Lincolnshire, already for some Lincolnshire bookshops, one of their best sellers.[8] The author's son, commercial artist, book editor and writer, Baron Barrymore Halpenny had a hand in the book cover design from the original series to the new series.

The author expresses his beliefs in the supernatural:

The original series of Ghost Stations books[edit]

The original eight Ghost Stations books were:

The new series of Ghost Stations books[edit]

The new Ghost Stations books (as of 2008) that are published by L'Aquila Publishing

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ghosts of the old airfieldsDaily Mirror – Thursday, 16 August 1984
  2. ^ Peter Tory's DiaryDaily Mirror – Monday, 20 August 1984
  3. ^ Ghosts of War – by Ken Livemore – Titbits – Summer Special 1984, pages 42 – 43
  4. ^ Bruce sends airfield maydayThe Northern Echo – Friday, 5 March 1982
  5. ^ a b c Flight into ghostly unknown – Mr. Leicester's Page – Leicester Mercury – Monday, 13 October 1986
  6. ^ BooksGhostly deeds – Steve Anderson – Hull Daily Mail – Friday, 14 November 1986
  7. ^ The eerie mystery of Lightning 894Grimsby Evening Telegraph – Friday, 9 September 1988
  8. ^ Give the gift of reading at Christmas – Finding Your Presents in Print – Lincolnshire Echo – Tuesday, 18 November 2008
  9. ^ Brawdcast – The Magazine of RAF Brawdy and USNAVFAC – ISSUE NO 18, November, 1988 – pages19,20,21