|RAF Dunholme Lodge|
|IATA: none – ICAO: none|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
|Elevation AMSL||125 ft / 38 m|
History[edit | edit source]
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.
Based units[edit | edit source]
|No. 44 Squadron RAF||Avro Lancaster I/III||31 May 1943||30 September 1944||RAF Spilsby||Squadron Code:KM.|
|No. 141 Squadron RAF||Bristol Bloodhound I||1 April 1959||31 March 1964||Disbanded||Surface-to-Air Missile.|
|No. 170 Squadron RAF||Avro Lancaster I/III||22 October 1944||29 November 1944||RAF Hemswell||Squadron Code:TC.|
|No. 619 Squadron RAF||Avro Lancaster I/III||17 April 1944||28 September 1944||RAF Strubby||Squadron Code:PG.|
Current use[edit | edit source]
Bits of the runways stil exist and the site is now used for farming.
References[edit | edit source]
Citations[edit | edit source]
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- 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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