RAF Donna Nook
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|RAF Donna Nook|
|Near North Somercotes, Lincolnshire in England|
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
The area at Donna Nook just north of North Somercotes is also a nature reserve with a large seal habitat in the early winter maintained by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. It is the only national nature reserve in the UK on MOD land, and was opened on July 18 2002 by Air Commodore Nigel Williams.
There was once a minor airfield there which closed, and was home to No. 206 Squadron RAF from August 1941 - July 1942. RAF North Coates, a former airfield still in physical existence, was three miles to the north-west along the coast.
However, during the Second World War, RAF Donna Nook referred to a Chain Home Extremely Low (CHEL) radar station, sited a short distance away from the current establishment. This utilized a 10-cm radar set to track both low-flying intruders and German E-boats cruising offshore, and was operational in this role from 1943-1945. From evidence in his authorized biography (Odyssey: The Authorized Biography of Arthur C. Clarke; Neil McAleer, Gollancz, 1992) it appears that it was to RAF Donna Nook that the young Sir Arthur C. Clarke was posted in 1943, shortly after an interview with Wing Commander (later Sir) Edward Jefferson,RAF, who was subsequently Director of Telecommunications for the General Post Office.
RAF Donna Nook is now an offshore bombing range.