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RAF Digby - RCAF Digby
A history : 1918 - 1978


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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: 10 Sep 07

FOREWORD

I did not start out with any intention of writing this little book. Shortly after I arrived at Digby, in Nov 75, I began to try and track down the date on which military flying began at what is now RAF Digby. My researches kindled an interest and this book followed on.

Like its predecessors written by Brian Montgomery and Eric Longhurst, it makes no pretension at being either a serious or an official history. I have checked as many of the facts as possible but many have not been corroborated or cross checked. These I have included in the belief that they are true. I hope any who know better will forgive me - and write and tell me where I have erred so that my successor whoever he may be - may get it right the next time.

Lastly, I should like to thank all those who have helped me over the past 2 years. In particular, I should like to express my deep appreciation of the help and encouragement given to me by Mike Hodgson, of the Lincoinshire Aviation Society and John Walls of the Newark Air Musieum. Their enthusiasm has been invaluable. To the many kind authors who have given me permission to quote from their books, I trust that the acknowledgement in the bibliography in Appendix 2 will suffice.

Finally, I should like to thank Mrs Margaret Williams for taking a busman’s holiday and typing the proofs for me in her spare time. No-one else could have read the dreadful scribble

JIM GILSON

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Digby - A History
" A history 1917 - 1978"
Foreword
Introduction
1917
1918
Inter-War Years
1919
1920
1922-23
1924
1925
1926

1927-1929
1930-1932
1933
1934-1936
1937
1938
World War II

1939
1939-1940
1941
Jan - Aug 1942
Sep 1942 - 1944
1945
Return to Training
1945 - Jan 1948
Feb - Mar 1948
Mar 1948 - 1953
A cadet remembers
The Signals Era
Jan 1955 - Dec 1961
Dec 1963 - 1978
Curent Day

1955 - the Signals Era


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