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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: 30 Sep 06

Opened: Nov 1916

Closed: 1920

Airfield code: XOSQ

Squadrons based here:

69 Sqn (Australian) AFC :: Dec 1916 - Jul 1917

39 Sqn :: ??

96 Sqn :: 8 Oct 1917 - 4 Jul 1918

43 Sqn US Army Air Service :: 16 Mar 1918 - 14 Oct 1918

23 Training Wing :: 1918

34 TDS :: 1918

46 TDS :: 1918

25 Sqn :: 6 Sep 1919 - 3 Dec 1919

South Carlton airfield was abandoned after the Great War.

69 (Australian) Squadron

69 (Australian) Sqn "Operta aperta - secrets revealed" trained here after arrival from Point Cook in Victoria, Australia and was subordinated to 23 Wing RFC. Originally designated 2 Sqn AFC it was redesignated on arrival at South Carlton aerodrome and again renamed on 20 Jan 1918 to 3 Sqn AFC.

The Sqn was trained at South Carlton on Avro 504 and BE-2e aircraft for 8 months before re-equipping to 3 flights of six RE-8. It then departed to Cambrai, France by Sep 1917. It undertook the unglamorous ‘Corps Reconnaissance’ role, mapping trench systems, artillery spotting and the close support of infantry. During the its period of active service it suffered 23 fatal casualties, lost 11 aircraft and claimed to have destroyed 16 enemy aircraft in combat.

96 Squadron

96 Sqn RFC was formed at South Carlton on 8 Oct 1917 as a training unit but was disbanded on 4 Jul 1918. It reformed at Wyton on 28 September 1918 as a ground attack Squadron but did not become operational before the Armistice so its formation was abandoned.

43 Aero Squadron, Air Service of the US Army

Organized as 43 Provisional Squadron on 13 Jun 1917 and re-designated 43 Aero Squadron on 26 Jun 1917, this United States squadron was posted to South Carlton from 16 Mar to 14 Oct 1918. From 14 Aug there were detachments at Hooten Park, Grantham, and Beaulieu). 43 Sqn was earmarked for service as a pursuit unit, but arrived in France shortly before hostilities ceased on 11 Nov 1918, never becoming operational before demobilization in 1919 :: click here

 

3 Sqn AFC page on Australian War Memorial site

69 Sqn history on AustralianFlyingCorps.org

3 Sqn AFC on RAAF website

3 Sqn AFC website

43 Aero Squadron information

History of the US Air Forces

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