Kirton-in-Lindsey

Airfield
Aerial photograph of Kirton in Lindsey airfield looking west, the technical site with three C-Type hangars is on the right, 27 July 1948. Photograph taken by No. 540 Squadron, sortie number RAF/540/63. English Heritage (RAF Photography).

Object Number - RAF_540_63_V_5112 - Aerial photograph of Kirton in Lindsey airfield looking west, the technical site with three C-Type hangars is on the right, 27 July 1948. Photograph...

Used as an RFC and RAF Home Defence landing ground during the First World War, Kirton-in-Lindsey was built during 1938-40 as an RAF fighter station. It had two grass runways, 10 hardstandings, three grouped C hangars and four over-blister hangars. Occupied by the RAF from May 1940 to June 1942, the station became briefly an Eighth Air Force fighter base during June to August 1942 when, as a satellite to RAF Goxhill, it was home to the 94th Squadron of the 1st Fighter Group, equipped with P-38s. It then became briefly a fighter training base and was home to the 91st Squadron of the 81st Fighter Group, equipped with P-39s, during October to December 1942 before that Group went to North Africa to join the 12th Air Force. Handed back to the RAF in April 1943, the stationed remained operational as home to a variety of training units until 1965, when it was transferred to the British Army. As Rapier Barracks, it was occupied by the Royal Artillery from 1966 to 2004, when it was returned to the RAF. It was then the home of No. 1 Air Control Centre, parented by RAF Scampton, until the Centre moved to RAF Scampton during 2011-12. The decision was made by MOD in 2013 to dispose of the airfield and technical site, although the domestic site remains in use as a satellite to RAF Scampton.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Highest Rank: Pilot Officer
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: No 121 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Flying Officer
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: British
  • Highest Rank: Pilot Officer
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 87008
  • Highest Rank: Squadron Leader
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 334th Fighter Squadron No 71 'Eagle' Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-885096
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-38 Lightning
  • Unit: 1st Fighter Group
  • Aircraft Type: P-38 Lightning
  • Unit: 1st Fighter Group 94th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Unit: 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron No 71 'Eagle' Squadron

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:17
ContributorAAM
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Ninth Then and Now (London, 1994)

Roger Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual (London, 2001)

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Kirton_in_Lindsey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/81st_Fighter-Bomber_Group

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