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Fulbeck

Military site : airfield

A Relief Landing Ground for RAF College Cranwell in 1940-42, Fulbeck was developed as RAF Fulbeck bomber station in 1942-43. Operated first by the RAF then the Troop Carrier Groups of the Ninth Air Force in the build up to and exectution of the campaign in North West Europe. Since the 1960s it has been used as a go-kart race track 1960-date, and also as a Ministry of Defence training area. The airfield was to a private local landowner in 2013, and is the proposed site of a wind farm.

Detailed history

Not yet known

English Heritage's record description

A former World War Two and Post-war period military airfield, opened in 1940 and closed in 1970. The base was initially established as a relief landing ground for the RAF College at Cranwell, and was at first unofficially known as Fenton. In 1942 the site was upgraded to serve as a full "Class A" standard bomber base and was renamed Fulbeck. The upgrade involved laying three concrete and tarmac runways and hard standings around the perimeter track; 5 aircraft hangars (Type T2) were installed. The technical site was located on the east side of the airfield. Domestic sites and sick quarters were located in Fulbeck Low Meadows. Further improvements were made in 1943. United States Army Air Force Troop Carrier Groups (434th and 440th) used the base, the latter force was involved in "Operation Market-Garden", the airborne assault on Arnhem. In late September the Americans were deployed elsewhere and a succession of Royal Air Force Units took over for the rest of the war. Post-war the base remained under Royal Air Force control but was used as a depot for surplus stores. For a time part of the Air Historical Branch's historic aircraft collection was kept at Fulbeck. Most of the runways were removed in the 1970s but the hard standings and perimeter track were retained. In 2002 the airfield continued to be used by the Ministry of Defence for military training exercises.

Service

Units

People

  • Richard Roper

    Military | Warrant Officer | Aircraft Engineering Officer 4823 | 318th Service Group
    The US Air Corps officer who switched off the lights and locked the gates of Aldermaston in 1945. Warrant Officer R A Roper trained in airplane mechanics and received specialised training in all mechanical and superstructure work of B-17 bomber...

Aircraft

  • 42-92879

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 303TCS, 442TCG, 9AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2019 12:42:52 Emily Changes to english heritage description
Sources

Historic England National Monument Record SK 95 SW 46

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Ninth Then and Now (London, 1994)

Bruce Barrymore Halpenny, Action Stations 2: Military Airfields of Lincolnshire and the East Midlands (Cambridge, 1984)

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