RAF Lissett

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RAF Lissett
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Lissett, East Riding of Yorkshire
Built 1940 (1940)
In use 1943-1947 (1947)
Elevation AMSL 16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 54°00′19″N 000°16′23″W / 54.00528°N 0.27306°W / 54.00528; -0.27306Coordinates: 54°00′19″N 000°16′23″W / 54.00528°N 0.27306°W / 54.00528; -0.27306
RAF Lissett is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
RAF Lissett
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Royal Air Force Station Lissett or more simply RAF Lissett is a former Royal Air Force station located 6.1 miles (9.8 km) south west of Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.


Originally required as satellite airfield for RAF Catfoss the land was requisitioned in 1940. Although constrained by three roads and the Gransmoor Drain the builders constructed a standard three-runway bomber airfield. It had two hangars and 36 dispersals and three concrete runways.

Lissett opened in February 1943 and No. 158 Squadron RAF arrived from RAF Rufforth to be the resident squadron on 28 February. 158 Sqn was a heavy bomber squadron equipped with the four-engined Handley Page Halifax. The squadron flew the first operational mission on the night of 11/12 March 1943 when ten aircraft were flown to Stuttgart, one failed to return. The squadron carried out operations up to the end of the war from Lissett. At the end of war in May 1945 the squadron was transferred to Transport Command as it prepared to undertook a transport role and the squadron was re-equipped with the Short Stirling before it departed to RAF Stradishall in August 1945.

Apart from a few weeks in early 1944 when 1484 Flight were in residence the station unusually was a one unit station. After the departure of 158 Squadron the station was relegated to a care and maintenance status but by the end of the year the airfield was abandoned and the technical areas used for storage.

Based units[edit]


Unit Aircraft Variant From To To Notes
No. 158 Squadron RAF Handley Page Halifax
Short Stirling
28 February 1943 17 August 1945 Stradishall Four-engined heavy bombers
No. 1484 Flight RAF Boulton Paul Defiant
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
Miles Martinet
I 1944 1944 January and February 1944, target towing and gunnery training
No. 14 Maintenance Unit N/A 1945 1947 Elvington Sub site
No. 91 Maintenance Unit N/A 1945 1947 Acaster Malbis Sub site

Current use[edit]

RAF Lissett Memorial at dusk

In December 2008 a 30 MW wind farm housing 12 turbines (Nordex N90's[4]) each around 100 metres (330 ft) high was constructed across the western end of the airfield.[5] A memorial sculpture to 158 Squadron in the form of seven airmen has been erected to the memory of the 851 airmen who did not return from operations at the airfield.



  1. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 158
  2. ^ Sturtivant 2007, p. 124
  3. ^ Delve 2006, p. 185
  4. ^ "Nordex awarded new contracts for 55 MW: UK customer ordering five wind farms from Nordex". Nordex SE. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lissett Airfield Wind Farm". .forgottenairfields.com. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 


  • Delve, Ken (2006). The Military Airfields of Britain - Northern England. The Crowood Press. ISBN 1-86126-809-2. 
  • Jefford, C.G. (1988). RAF Squadrons. Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85310-053-6. 
  • Sturtivant, Ray (2007). RAF Flying Training and Support Units (Since 1912). Air-Britain Historians Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-365-X. 

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