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Updated: 23 Sep 10

Opened: Aug 1941

Closed: 1955 last military employment

Squadrons based here:

14 OTU :: - Nov 1944

USAAF airfield from 1944-1945

314th Troop Carrier Group :: Feb 1944 -

1665 HCU :: Mar 1945 -

Airfield code: SY

RAF Saltby's eastern end pushes it across the border into Lincolnshire by a few hundred metres. It was orignally built and opened as a grass airfield in 1941. In 1944 it was transformed into a standard-pattern 3-runway airfield with along with 4 T2 and one B1 hangar. Other buildings were located north of the airfield.

Towards the end of the war it became a USAAF base of the 9th AF and 314th Troop Carrier Grp moved in in Feb 1944. RAF Saltby was also a Troop Carrier airfield of the 82nd. The 82nd's Lincolnshire airfields were RAF Fulbeck, RAF Folkingham, RAF Barkston Heath and RAF Saltby.

Saltby is now used by Buckminster Gliding Club.

The Viking Way long-distance footpath follows the most north-eastern corner of the peritrack around the end of the runway.

J A Campbell recalls the phlegmatic reaction of farm workers to one of his first training sorties on the Wellington 1C from Saltby:

"Our first flying in our training aircraft, Wellington 1Cs, was done from a satellite of Cottesmore, a small station called RAF Saltby. Here we did some camera gun exercises and a lot of air firing. When returning from an air-firing session over the Wash one day, our pilots decided to give us a low-flying thrill over the Lincolnshire potato fields. These staff pilots liked to do something occasionally, as their job was a bit boring for them. They really took our two Wellingtons down to the deck, and below fifty feet. There were workers in the fields taking out early potatoes, and a few of them started throwing spuds at us. I actually saw one potato come up a bit higher than we were flying at the time."

Read more in "The airborne years", a complete 131 page book covering J A Campbell's training in Canada and the UK. His memoirs span 14 OTU at RAF Cottesmore, RAF Saltby, 1654 HCU at RAF Wigsley, training at RAF Fulbeck and then operations on 61 Sqn RAF from RAF Syerston and 463 Sqn RAAF from RAF Waddington. Download or read the entire book free of charge.

J.A. CAMPBELL, MID-UPPER GUNNER IN 463 SQUADRON, RAAF, AND 61 SQUADRON, RAF

aerial photo of RAF Saltby

The US Air Forces in Lincolnshire

Flight Sim oblique shot of RAF Saltby

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