A phenomena has been reported by many shaken drivers who have passed the former RAF airfield at Metheringham, Lincolnshire, late at night. At first glance this appears to be a version of the “Vanishing Hitchhiker” stories which are common all over the world, but there are some deviations from the usual story.
Many drivers have reported a crying young woman standing in the road and waving them down on dark and usually rainy nights. She begs them to stop and help her, explaining that she and her boyfriend have been involved in a motorcycle accident and that he needs urgent medical help. She is said to be accompanied by a strong smell of lavender. As the driver exits the car to help, the girls disappears and the lavender scent is replaced by the putrid smell of rotting flesh.
The general opinion of people who have researched the history of the RAF base is that the “lass” is the ghost of 19 year old Catherine Bystock from Horncastle. In early 1945, shortly before the end of WWII, Catherine, who was dating a Flight Sergeant based at Metheringham, was killed when her boyfriend’s motorcycle skidded off the road during a heavy rain on their way back from a dance. Catherine was killed instantly but her boyfriend, though badly hurt, survived.
Author: P A McHugh