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Flying Squadrons
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576 Sqn
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609 Sqn
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616 Sqn
617 Sqn
619 Sqn
625 Sqn
626 Sqn
627 Sqn
630 Sqn

Heavy Conversion Units
1654 HCU
1656 HCU
1660 HCU
1661 HCU
1662 HCU
1665 HCU
1667 HCU
1668 HCU
21 HGCU

Advanced Flying Schools
201 AFS

Advanced Flying Units
12 AFU
15 AFU

Flying Training Schools
1 FTS
2 FTS
3 FTS
6 FTS
7 FTS
12 FTS
1 Lancaster Finishing School
Central Flying School

Operational Training/
Conversion Units
(Fighter)
6 OTU
53 OTU

56 OTU

(Bomber)
228 OCU
230 OCU

Air Armament Schools
1 AAS
2 AAS
Empire Central AS

Other schools
1 Gp Aircrew School
1 Ground Defence School
1 Air Observers School
Central Gunnery School
5 Gp Anti Air School

Other units
Bomber Command
Coastal Command
Fighter Command
HQ No 5 Group
HQ No 23 Group
1485 Gunnery Flight
2782 Defence Sqn
178 Support Unit
399 Signals Unit
Nationality based Sqns

Updated: 3 Mar 08

What are Bomber, Fighter and Coastal Commands?

Full details of the composition and chain of command within each of the Commands are on the Bomber Command, Fighter Command, Coastal Command and Training Command pages respectively.

To which Commands and Groups did Lincolnshire bases belong?

In 1939 there were 6 groups in Bomber Command. HQ No 5 Gp was based at RAF Grantham for most of WWII and commanded the bombers based in southern Lincolnshire, with No 1 Gp covering northern Lincolnshire.

Which aircraft were operated from Lincolnshire?

The small proportion of daylight attacks which were conducted initially used the Blenheim, later Boston, Ventura and Mosquito. Night bombing came into its own in early 1941. Initial ops were flown by the Wellington, Whitley and Hampden. A full list of aircraft and squadrons operating each type is on the aircraft types page.

What were the squadron codes?

In the squadron coding system, two letters were separated from a third by the roundel. For example, CG - A, where "CG" is sqn the code and "A" is the aircraft identifying letter and usually the radio call sign. This system was introduced in 1938 but many sqns adopted a second code following the outbreak of war. Both codes are listed on each sqn page where identified. A comprehensive overview for the RAF may be found on The Air War website :: click here

What is the correct method for writing squadron and formation names?

On RAF-Lincolnshire.info, squadron and formation names and numbers are always written in an abbreviated format, without the leading word "Number / No" or trailing abbreviation "th" or "st". Hence (generally!) Headquarters Number 5 Group is written HQ 5 Gp and Ninth Air Force is written 9 AF.

What state are the airfields in now?

There are still 5 operational RAF airfields in Lincolnshire: RAF Scampton, RAF Waddington, RAFC Cranwell, RAF Coningsby, RAF Barkston Heath. Some others operate privately as flying clubs, some runways have been used as foundations for agricultural or storage facilities, while others have disappeared in all but name and field boundaries. Have a look at the Multimap link on each station page, in the right hand column, to see how the airfields look from the air today. Aerial photographs can also be purchased from GetMapping. The Control Towers website also has many photographs of control towers, hangars and outbuildings at some stations.

How were bomber crews trained?

After flying training, the crew - pilot, navigator, bomb aimer, air-gunner and wireless-operator - teamed up at Operational Training Unit (6 OTU and 53 OTU were based in Lincolnshire), where the new intake was paraded in a hangar and told to form themselves into crews. OTUs were generally equipped with Wellington and trainees acquired team skills, sometimes via minor operations (dropping mines or leaflets). After OTU those destined for four-engined aircraft were sent to a Heavy Conversion Unit (eg 1654 HCU - a complete list for Lincolnshire is on the Units navigation) where the crew was joined by the flight engineer and a second air-gunner. HCU crews carried out some raids and feint attacks as part of Bomber Command's nightly onslaught on Germany. At HCU instructors converted the crew onto Halifaxes or Stirlings, and after a short course the crew was posted to an operational Squadron. Crews destined for Lancaster-equipped units did a very short course at a Lancaster Finishing School (LFS) at Syerston or 1 LFS at Hemswell before an operational posting.

What was Chain High?

Chain Home was Britain's pioneering radar defence network which helped to provide early warning of the direction and size of Luftwaffe raids on Britain. Two Lincolnshire stations, RAF Ingoldmels and RAF Stenigot, contributed to the Chain Home networks. Further details may also be found on RadarPages.co.uk :: click here.

Can you help me find out about the RAF history of my family or friends?

We have no access to individual service records or any other family historical paperwork. Please consult the pages detailing people finders, reuniting service personnel as you may well find colleagues and friends have registered with the various "reunited" websites.

Do you have access to official records?

RAF-Lincolnshire.info is not an official RAF or MOD website. It is not officially sponsored or affiliated to the RAF in any way. We do not have any special access to official military sources of information or to RAF sites in Lincolnshire. We are not able to advise, consult or assist in any formal capacity on personnel, welfare or family historical issues relating to current or deceased military personnel.

Can you help me get a flight on a Lancaster bomber?

No. This is not an official website. The remaining Lancaster are operated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.

It is possible to book taxi rides on the Lancaster bomber at East Kirkby.

Can I arrange for a fly-past for my school/ village/ re-union/ birthday/ wedding/ parade?

Please contact the Royal Air Force directly! As a private website we cannot assist you in planning for a fly-past. You should contact the local stations directly and see what they have planned for that day; Scampton for the Red Arrows and Coningsby for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Please read the below before you do:

"the Red Arrows team flies quite a few straight flypasts at fetes, garden shows, sponsored events, etc when they can be fitted in whilst in transit to or from a full display and when there is no significant deviation from the planned course. We are not permitted to carry out flypast for personal occasions such as weddings and funerals. Sometimes we do so inadvertently but these are never planned."
Red Arrows website FAQs: click here

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On this page:

What are Bomber, Fighter and Coastal Commands?

To which Commands and Groups did Lincolnshire bases belong?

Which aircraft were operated from Lincolnshire?

What were the squadron codes?

What is the correct method for writing squadron and formation names?

What state are the airfields in now?

What was Chain High?

How were bomber crews trained?

Can you help me find out about the RAF history of my family or friends?

Do you have access to official records?

Can you help me get a flight on a Lancaster bomber?

It is possible to book taxi rides on the Lancaster bomber at East Kirkby.

Can I arrange for a fly-past for my school/ village/ re-union/ birthday/ wedding/ parade?

How can I help the website develop further?

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