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Full list of locations

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

Last updated: 16 Aug 04

This page explains how to navigate the various elements of RAF-Lincolnshire.info.

All pages on this site contain essential navigation elements to help you find your way around. Each page has the following standard components to guide you:

standard page layout and navigation

Each page contains the title bar (site logo at the top), page title, and then three columns: section navigation, the main content of the page, and outward links. Links in the left-hand column are always internal to the site and vary depending on the category of page you are viewing. Links in the right-hand column will be both internal, to related pages, and external, to selected relevant external websites.

The site logo and quick links navigation

Across the top of each page is the site's logo. Clicking on this will ALWAYS bring you back to the home page. There are also "quick links" to the main site page categories to guide you.

Immediately below the logo and quick links is the page title. This is unique to the page and should be self-explanatory. If there is more than one page relating to a particular topic you will find that these are listed in the format "main topic :: subtopic". There will always be a hyperlink in the main topic to take you to the home page of this topic or sub-section.
standard site links Immediately below the logo and page title in the left-hand (internal navigation) column is the default set of page links. This is on every page of the site and will take you to that section index or front page.
The right hand column contains links to two types of page: on-site pages of relevance to the topic you are viewing, and off-site links. Off-site links are directed to websites which have been selected for their quality and direct relevance to the topic in question, as per the example for RAF Waddington to the left here.

categories of page

There are a few basic categories of page which all conform to a design template, listed below.

station pages

example station location map

Each RAF Station or other selected base has at least one page dedicated to it. The navigation is as per the standard. Additional navigation aids include a small map, as per the example here for RAF Waddington. This map is at the top of the third column and shows the selected station in relation to Lincolnshire. Clicking on the map will take you to the start of the section which has all station locations displayed on a large interactive map.

Additional pages relating to each station might include station and squadron memorials, photographs, relevant books or station associations.

Each station page contains a standard set of basic data:

Opened: the original opening date of the station, aerodrome or facility.

Closed: the closing date, possibly with information about final disposal.

Reopened:

Care and Maintenance: any information on temporary closure under a care and maintenance regime.

Airfield code: the bigram refering to the airfield.

Squadrons based here: a chronological list of which squadrons and/or other units were based at the location throughout its history.

Below this standard list comes the narrative which will take a different form for each station, depending on how much is known and how much there is to say!

unit and squadron pages

example crest used for navigation

Each RAF or allied Squadron which has at some point been based in Lincolnshire has at least one page dedicated to it. The navigation is as per the standard. Additional navigation aids include a squadron crest, as per the example here for 50 Sqn. This crest is at the top of the third column. Clicking on the crest will take you to the start of the 'unit and squadrons' section and a detailed listing of all units.

Additional pages relating to each squadron might include squadron memorials, photographs, relevant books or squadron associations.

Each squadron page contains a standard set of basic data:

Formed: date and location of the original formation.

Disbanded: date of disbandment.

Reformed: date of any subsequent reformation.

Squadron code: the bigram(s) refering to the squadron.

Squadron was based at: a chronological list of where the sqn was based throughout its history.

Below this standard list comes the narrative which will be different for for each squadron, depending on how much is known and how much there is to say.

aircraft pages :: click here for the aircraft index

Eventually, each aircraft type flown will have a page on RAF-Lincolnshire.info as well. At present work has started on the first few. These are intended to be outlines with links to much more in-depth information on specialist websites. Each aircraft page contains a standard set of basic data:

Full Official Name:

Manufacturer:

Variants: the key variants developed for the type.

Role: primary and secondary roles.

Crew: how many crew served on board the type.

In service: when the aircraft was introduced to front-line service with RAF or RFC squadrons.

Withdrawn: date of removal of the type from front-line service.

Operated by: A list of all squadrons with connections to Lincolnshire which operated the type at some point in their history.

History: a summary history of the aircraft's development and its operational service in the front-line.

Design: key facts about the design, faults, flaws and innovations.

Engines: about the power plant

Armaments: a listing of the defensive and offensive air-to-air armaments equipping the type.

Performance: an indication of the maximum operational speeds and heights the type achieved.

Combat radius: how far the type could operate while carrying typical combat loadouts of weaponry and fuel.

books pages :: click here for the books index

The books pages list all books relevant to a station, squadron or aircraft type on separate pages. There is also a general page for historical overviews and other books of general interest. Links are provided to Amazon.co.uk for further details and possible direct purchase.

memorial and photograph pages :: click here for the memorials and here for the photos index

Each station or squadron page may have an additional gallery of photographs which portray the station as it is today, or station and squadron memorials. These are presented on an index page as a series of thumbnails, which in turn link to full-size pictures with descriptive texts.

all about links on the site

Links on on RAF-Lincolnshire.info take one of three forms which are consistent throughout the site.

text links

All text links will appear as bold blue text.

When you hover the cursor / mouse pointer over a link it will turn red and underlined to help you see that it is a link.

When you click on a link it will turn grey and underlined.

If the link you hover over is to a page on the site you have already visited it will continue to appear as bold blue text. Hopefully this will prevent too much "clicking in circles" among the hundreds of pages on RAF-Lincolnshire.info.

image links

This text is the description I have just explained. It might also say "click here to go to another page" - in this case it will reload the same page. Most of the images, diagrams, pictures and photographs on this site embed links to other, related content. This will be clear as the mouse pointer changes from an arrow to a small hand when you hover over them. The same thing happens when you hover over a text link. All images on the site should also have a description attached to them. This means that when you hover the mouse pointer over the image it should display a short text telling you what the picture is, or some other relevant detail. Try the example to the left.

Thumbnails

Donna Nook thumbnail - click on it to go to the appropriate full-sized photograph

A thumbnail is a miniature picture which is used to reduce the time taken for a page to load a full-size picture. A perfect example is the set of images in a station photograph gallery, such as RAF Donna Nook. In this case the thumbnail is linked to a page containing the full-sized photograph.
A thumbnail might also link directly to an image on its own.
Thirdly the thumbnail link may take you to a page on another website, in which case it will open in a new browser window.

Navigation helpers
These are graphical links to other pages on or off site. Any graphic on RAF-Lincolnshire.info may itself be a link to another page on the site. Standard examples are listed above under the navigation heading and include the logo and small map of Lincolnshire on Station pages.

image maps
thumbnail of lincolnshire image map - click here for the full-size image with links to stations

An image map is an image which has multiple links from it. This works by taking the image and associating parts of it, eg regions or text labels, with specific webpages. The primary example of this is the Lincolnshire map showing all the stations and neighbouring counties on it. Visit the stations page and try it out. You will find that each station label on the map is linked to a separate page on RAF-Lincolnshire.info.

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