RAF Dunholme Lodge

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RAF Dunholme Lodge
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Dunholme, Lincolnshire
Built 1942 (1942)
In use 1941-1944
1959-1964 (1964)
Elevation AMSL 125 ft / 38 m
Coordinates 53°17′28″N 000°30′19″W / 53.29111°N 0.50528°W / 53.29111; -0.50528Coordinates: 53°17′28″N 000°30′19″W / 53.29111°N 0.50528°W / 53.29111; -0.50528
Map
RAF Dunholme Lodge is located in Lincolnshire
RAF Dunholme Lodge
RAF Dunholme Lodge
Location in Lincolnshire
Runways
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Royal Air Force Station Dunholme Lodge or more simply RAF Dunholme Lodge was a Royal Air Force station located between the parishes of Welton and Dunholme in Lincolnshire, England.

History[edit]

The grass airfield was first used by the Royal Air Force during 1941 and 1942 for use by Handley Page Hampden aircraft from nearby RAF Scampton, and was officially opened as a RAF Station in September 1942 as part of RAF Bomber Command with the building of three hard runways.

The main occupier of the station was 44 Squadron, with the Avro Lancaster four-engined heavy bomber, which moved in from RAF Waddington in May 1943 and stayed until it moved to RAF Spilsby in September 1944.

In November 1944 flying operations ceased due the proximity of other stations which did not allow night flying. At the end of the war 120 Lancasters had been lost on operations from Dunholme Lodge.

The William Farr School was opened in 1952 on part of the disused domestic site.

In 1959 the airfield became a site for Bloodhound surface-to-air missiles with 141 Squadron until it was disbanded and the station finally closed in 1964.

Based units[edit]

Unit Aircraft From To To Notes
No. 44 Squadron RAF Avro Lancaster I/III 31 May 1943 30 September 1944 RAF Spilsby Squadron Code:KM.[1]
No. 141 Squadron RAF Bristol Bloodhound I 1 April 1959 31 March 1964 Disbanded Surface-to-Air Missile.[2]
No. 170 Squadron RAF Avro Lancaster I/III 22 October 1944 29 November 1944 RAF Hemswell Squadron Code:TC.[3]
No. 619 Squadron RAF Avro Lancaster I/III 17 April 1944 28 September 1944 RAF Strubby Squadron Code:PG.[4]

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Current use[edit]

Bits of the runways still exist and the site is now used for farming.[6]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 39.
  2. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 61.
  3. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 65.
  4. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 101.
  5. ^ Halpenny 1981, p. 00.
  6. ^ "Dunholme Lodge". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Halpenny, B.B. Action Stations: Wartime Military Airfields of Lincolnshire and the East Midlands v. 2. Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Patrick Stephens Ltd, 1981. ISBN 0-85059-484-7.
  • Jefford, C.G, MBE,BA ,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.

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