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US Army Air Force Station No 483

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> RAF Bases

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Alma Park
Anwick
Bardney
Barkston Heath
Belton Park
Binbrook
Blankney Hall
Blyton
Boston Wyberton Fen
Bottesford
Bracebridge Heath
Braceby
Buckminster
Bucknall
Caistor
Cockthorne
Coleby Grange
Coningsby
Cranwell
Cuxwold
Digby
Donna Nook
Dunholme Lodge
East Halton
East Kirkby
Elsham Wolds
Faldingworth
Fiskerton
Folkingham
Freiston
Fulbeck
Gosberton
Goxhill
Grantham
Greenland Top
Grimsby
Grimsthorpe Park
Harlaxton
Hemswell
Hibaldstow
Holbeach
Humberston
Immingham
Ingham
Ingoldmels
Kelstern
Killingholme
Kirmington
Kirton in Lindsey
Langtoft
Leadenham
Lincoln West Common
Ludford Magna
Manby
Market Deeping
Market Stainton
Mere
Metheringham
Moorby
Morton Hall
New Holland
Nocton Hall
Normanby
North Coates
North Killingholme
North Witham
Norton Disney
Orby
Rauceby
Saltby
Sandtoft
Scampton
Skegness
Skellingthorpe
Skendleby
South Carlton
South Elkington
South Witham
Spilsby
Spitalgate
Stenigot
Strubby
Sturgate
Sutton Bridge
Swinderby
Swinstead
Theddlethorpe
Tydd St Mary
Waddington
Wainfleet
Waltham (Grimsby)
Wellingore
Wickenby
Wigsley
Winterton
Woodhall Spa

Updated: 12 Feb 12

Opened: April 1941

Closed for runway relaying: Apr 1943

Reopened: Jan 1944

USAAF Airfield: Feb 1944 - Apr 1945

Closed: > Apr 1945

Reopened: 1954?

Closed: still an active RAF airfield

Airfield code :: YA > BA/BH

ICAO Code: MWYE > EGYE

Airfield call sign ::

Units based here:

?? Sqn ::

A Flt, 25 Sqn :: 1 Mar 1983 - 2 July 1989

D Flt, 85 Sqn :: 1 Oct 1989- ??

5 Group Aircrew Command School

256 MU :: also parented RAF Bottesford from Sep 1945.

Ninth AAF 52nd Troop Carrier Wing

61st TCG (14, 15, 53, 59 TCS) equipped with C47s

349th TCG (23, 312, 313, 314 TCS) equipped with C46s

RAF Barkston Heath opened in Apr 1941 as a relief landing ground for RAFC Cranwell until April 1943 when the runways were relaid until Jan 1944, to prepare it as a heavy bomber airfield and host an HCU. However this plan did not come to fruition and it served the USAAF from late 1943 instead.

USAAF units stationed here helped transport 507 Para Inf, 101 Airborne, to drop zone T, Ste Mere-Eglise in Normandy during Operation Overlord and 81 and 101 Airborne to their drop zones for Operation Market Garden. By the close of the war the airfield was operating C-46 and C-47.

In the 1950s Barskton Heath reverted to the role of relief landing ground for RAFC Cranwell but also housed A Flt, 25 Sqn's Bloodhound missiles.

RAF Barkston Heath was a Troop Carrier airfield of the 82nd. The 82nd's Lincolnshire airfields were RAF Fulbeck, RAF Folkingham, RAF Barkston Heath and RAF Saltby.

location of RAF Barkston Heath in relation to Lincolnshire - click here for full-size map showing all station locations

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The US Air Forces in Lincolnshire

"spotters' guide" to RAF Barkston Heath

Barkston Heath on UK MILITARY SPOTTING

The Bloodhound SAM System

About the Bloodhound system

Bloodhound launcher at RAF Sandtoft

Missiles website

Bloodhound exhibit at RAF Cosford

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> USAAF Station Numbers

345 - Goxhill
349 - Kirton in Lindsey
428 - Coleby Grange
479 - North Witham
481 - Bottesford
483 - Barkston Heath
484 - Folkingham
488 - Fulbeck

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