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  RAF Goxhill
8th Air Force Station No F-345

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Updated: 15 Dec 12

Opened: 26 Jun 1941 as 1 Gp Station in Bomber Command

Transfered: Dec 1941 to 12 Gp, Fighter Command

May 1942 - Jan 1945 under USAAF control

Closed: Dec 1953, sold 1962

Airfield code :: GX

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Squadrons based here:

1 Gp Towed Target Flt :: Sep 1941 - Dec 1941

616 Sqn :: Dec 1941 -

USAAF :: Aug 1942 -

USAAF 78th Fighter Group :: 1 Dec 1942 - Apr 1943

1st FG :: 10 Jun 1942

71 Sqn, 1st FG :: May 1942 - Aug 1942 with P-38 Lightning

52nd FG :: 26 Aug 1942 - Oct 1942 with Spitfire

93 Sqn, 81st FG :: Oct 1942 - Nov 1942 with P-39 Airacobra

78th FG :: Dec 1942

82, 83, 84 Sqns, 78th FG :: Dec 1942 - Apr 1943, with P-47 then P-51

353rd FG :: Jun 1943

350, 351, 352 Sqns, 353rd FG :: Jun 1943 - Aug 1943 with P-47

356th FG :: 27 Aug 1943 - Oct 1943

358th FG :: 20 Oct 1943 - Nov 1943

496th Fighter Training Group :: Dec 1943 - Dec 1944

233 MU :: May 1945 - Dec 1953

RAF Goxhill opened as a balloon barrage station to protect the Port of Hull and the River Humber. In Jun 1941 it was transfered to 1 Gp of Bomber Command. In Dec 1941 12 Group Fighter Command took over with 616 Sqn moving in. It was handed to United States forces in order to receive new Fighter Group personnel from USA for training. 78th Fighter Group arrived on 1 Dec 1942, although American units had already been using Goxhill for theatre indocrination training since Aug 1942. Flight operations began after 15 Dec 1942 on the arrival of the Group's first P-38G aircraft. After the 78th FG departed to North Africa in support of Operation TORCH in North Africa (from Jan 1943) it re-equipped to the P-47 Thunderbolt and moved to RAF Duxford.

RAF Goxhill was known to the USAAF as 8th Air Force Station No F-345. The station was unofficially known amongst US units based here as "GoatHill". It also was protected by a Q site decoy at nearby Burnham.

Fighter Command took over again in Jan 1945 and flying ceased in May 1945. 233 MU Bomb Storage, RAF Maintenance Command took over the site until December 1953. The airfield was sold off in Jan 1962.

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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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