RAF North Killingholme

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Not to be confused with RNAS Killingholme
RAF North Killingholme
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Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location North Killingholme, Lincolnshire
Built 1943 (1943)
In use 1943-1945 (1945)
Elevation AMSL 26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 53°38′09″N 000°17′31″W / 53.63583°N 0.29194°W / 53.63583; -0.29194Coordinates: 53°38′09″N 000°17′31″W / 53.63583°N 0.29194°W / 53.63583; -0.29194
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RAF North Killingholme is located in Lincolnshire
RAF North Killingholme
RAF North Killingholme
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Royal Air Force North Killingholme or more simply RAF North Killingholme is a former Royal Air Force station located immediately west of the village of North Killingholme in North Lincolnshire.

The airfield was extensively used during the Second World War by Avro Lancaster bombers.

History[edit]

Old hangars

The RAF station opened in November 1943.[1] and became fully operational in January 1944 when 550 Squadron moved there from RAF Waltham.[2]

The station was with No. 1 Group RAF. No. 14 Base HQ was based at the airfield between 1944 and 1945.[citation needed]

It remained operational until October 1945. 550 squadron was the only squadron to be based at North Killingholme and flew only Avro Lancasters.[2]

After North Killingholme closed, the land reverted to agriculture use, but the layout of the station is very easy to see from aerial photographs.[2]

There is the North Killingholme Industrial Estate on the site along with a large depot for Volvo construction equipment.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Halpenny 1981, p. 146.
  2. ^ a b c Halpenny 1981, p. 147.

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.

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