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RAF Sandtoft is a former Royal Air Force Station in North Lincolnshire between Doncaster, South Yorkshire and Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England.[1]

HistoryEdit

Second World WarEdit

RAF Sandtoft opened in February 1944 as a satellite airfield to RAF Lindholme which was 3 miles to the west.[1]

No. 1 Group, RAF Bomber Command based a number of aircraft here from the RAF 1667 Heavy Conversion Unit, including Handley Page Halifaxes from RAF Faldingworth and Avro Lancasters.[1]

In November 1944 the airfield transferred to No. 7 Group Bomber Command.[2]

The RAF station closed on 10 November 1945.[2]

Post Second World WarEdit

After the Second World War, the airfield was placed on care and maintenance and remained inactive until allocated to the United States Air Force on 1 April 1953. The station was never occupied by the USAF and returned to Ministry of Defence control on 8 September 1955 for disposal. Today many of the original buildings still exist. However, much of the old RAF Station has been converted to commercial use and a section of perimeter track is maintained and used by a flying club. The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft also uses part of the site.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Halfpenny 1981, p. 163
  2. 2.0 2.1 Halfpenny 1981, p. 165

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Coordinates: 53°33′40″N 0°51′58″W / 53.561°N 0.866°W / 53.561; -0.866

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