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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: 15 Dec 12

Opened: Aug 1940

196? - 1993

Closed: 199?

Airfield code :: NR, VQ, ?NR > SQ

ICAO Code :: MWXS > EGXS

Airfield call sign :: SHORTJACK

Squadrons based here:

click here for a full list of Polish squadrons in the Royal Air Force

300 (Polish) Sqn :: Aug 1940 - 1941

301 (Polish) Sqn :: Aug 1940 - 1941

click here for a full list of Royal Australian Air Force sqns

50 Sqn :: Jun 1942 - Oct 1942

61 Conversion Flight :: 22 Aug 1942 - 5 Aug 1942
207 Conversion Flight :: 23 Aug 1942 - 7 Oct 1942
merged into 1660 HCU on 7 Oct 1942

50 Conversion Flight :: 17 Jun 1942 - 5 Aug 1942
83 Conversion Flight :: 21 Aug 1942 - 7 Oct 1942
merged into 1654 HCU on 7 Oct 1942

201 AFS (later 8 FTS)::

17 OTU

21 Group Communications Flght

204 AFS

11 FTS

8 FTS

FSS

EFTS

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.

HQ No 5 Gp was located at nearby Morton Hall from Nov 1943.

Planning permission is being sought to recycle the runways [2004].

Swinderby had a Q site decoy airfields at Bassingham and Brant Broughton.

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.

location of RAF Swinderbyin relation to Lincolnshire - click here for full-size map showing all station locations

Swinderby memorials

RAF Swinderby photos

RAF Swinderby Association

Airfield Focus Guide to Swinderby on Amazon.co.uk

RAF Swinderby photos on ControlTowers.co.uk

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