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Coleby Grange

Military site : airfield

RAF Coleby Grange is located between the villages of Coleby and Nocton Green on open heathland; used variously by UK, Canadian, US and Polish forces, and in particular by the USAAF around the period of the D-Day landings. Many US servicemen are buried at Scopwick, including John Gillespie Magee, Jr, pilot and poet who wrote 'High Flight'.

Decommissioned in 1963; returned to agricultural land; few traces of industrial landscape left.

Detailed history

Coleby Grange was used briefly by the 425th Fighter Squadron, USAAF, flying night fighter sorties

English Heritage's record description

Not yet known

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2015 19:32:27 MikeO Changes to history
Sources

Corrected status to that of a well-established RAF airfield.

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

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/2100771/Scopwick%20Church%2...
http://www.macla.co.uk/scopwick/graves1.php
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/highflig.htm

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