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RAF Fiskerton
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Fiskerton, Lincolnshire
Built 1942 (1942)
In use 1943-1945 (1945)
Elevation AMSL 56 ft / 17 m
Coordinates 53°14′37″N 000°25′40″W / 53.24361°N 0.42778°W / 53.24361; -0.42778Coordinates: 53°14′37″N 000°25′40″W / 53.24361°N 0.42778°W / 53.24361; -0.42778
Map
Lincolnshire UK location map
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RAF Fiskerton
Location in Lincolnshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
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00/00 0 0 Asphalt
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Royal Air Force Station Fiskerton or more simply RAF Fiskerton was a Royal Air Force station located north of the Lincolnshire village of Fiskerton, 5.0 miles (8.0 km) east of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England.

HistoryEdit

An Avro Lancaster Mk III of No. 49 Squadron RAF is guided to its dispersal point at Fiskerton, Lincolnshire, after returning from a raid on Berlin, 22 November 1943. CH11642

Avro Lancaster D for Donald of No. 49 Squadron RAF returns to RAF Fiskerton after bombing Berlin, 22 November 1943. A month later the aircraft and crew were lost returning from Berlin

It was one of many new bomber airfields built in the early part of World War II. The airfield was situated north of the village. It was one of only 15 RAF airfield equipped with FIDO, a fog-clearing system utilizing avgas pumped through pipes alongside the main runway and burned via a sequence of nozzles.

No. 49 Squadron RAF and No. 576 Squadron RAF were stationed at RAF Fiskerton. 49 squadron took part in the Peenemünde raid on the research and development center for the V2 missile. 576 Squadron took part in the raid on Hitler's hideout at Berchtesgaden and in Operation Manna.[1]

Between 1962 and 1992 a Headquarters of the Royal Observer Corp was located within the airfield boundary.

Current useEdit

Very little now remains of the old airfield. A memorial to 49 and 576 Squadrons can be found on the side of the road near the old main runway.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. Halpenny 1981, p. 00.

BibliographyEdit

  • 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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