Updated: 15 Dec 12
Opened: Aug 1940
196? - 1993
Airfield code :: NR, VQ, ?NR > SQ
ICAO Code :: MWXS > EGXS
Airfield call sign :: SHORTJACK
Squadrons based here:
Conversion Flight :: 22 Aug 1942 - 5 Aug 1942
50 Conversion Flight
:: 17 Jun 1942 - 5 Aug 1942
201 AFS (later 8 FTS)::
21 Group Communications Flght
HQ No 5 Gp :: Nov 1943 -
RAF Swinderby's creation caused the existing Swinderby bomb dump, home to 93 MU, to be renamed to RAF Norton Disney.
May 1942 saw the first of the 1 000-bomber raids, target Cologne, and 5 Group contributed 162 aircraft and 286 tons of bombs. Flying Officer L T Manser, a pilot stationed at Swinderby, was awarded a posthumous VC for his role in the raid.
From the early 1960s RAF Swinderby was the Airmen's School of Recruit Training (SofRT). It closed in 1993 with training moving to RAF Halton.
The site was disposed of in 1996 in various lots. The airfield is on occasion used as a showground, and frequently hosts a very large antiques fair. The technical site remains largely unchanged and in use as industrial units.
With the exception of one barrack block the domestic site, including all the barrack blocks, post office, messes and medical facilities was demolished in 2003/04. Following extensive building on the site and the nearby married quarters it is now the village of Witham St Hughs.
Planning permission is being sought to recycle the runways .
For details of the RAF Swinderby Association visit the Assocation page.
Details of local memorial to RAF Swinderby and its squadrons are on the memorials page.
Airfield Focus Guide to Swinderby on Amazon.co.uk
RAF Swinderby photos on ControlTowers.co.uk
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