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Version 2.5
Updated: 29 Jun 14

Date Narrative
29 Jun 14 A series of small updates have been applied across the site in response to contributions from email correspondence.
View summary of Lincolnshire's role in D-Day
1 Dec 13 Updated Skendleby, Orby and Ingoldmells Chain Home and GCI sites.
Details of 101 Sqn Vulcan B2 XM600 crash near Spilsby in 1977.
1 Oct 13

RAF Lincolnshire is Ten Years Old!
Updated contact details and opening times for RAF Scampton Heritage Centre.
RAF Orby remained open after the war to train Marconi engineers.
Information about life at RAF Theddlethorpe.
85 Sqn B Flt - life setting up and maintaining Bloodhound RADAR at RAF North Coates.
Did the RAFWaffe aircraft go into storage at RAF Manby after the war?
An index has been added for the oral history which is incorporated on the website for ease of reference of primary materials. These indiv`idual narratives tell the story from the people's perspective not the official historical records.
Oral history added for Iris Burgess, wartime WAAF at Manby.
RAF Faldingworth / 92MU personnel were accommodated at Scampton in 1971.

11 May 13 Most the research, communication and updating has been taking place this spring via our established feeds on the main social networks. For more regular news on research, heritage and events taking place around Lincolnshire, follow RAF Lincolnshire:
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Story of Flt Lt Colin Richards who was a friend of a crewmember in 61 Sqn's first wartime crash.
3 Jan 13 Reworked Market Stainton to include information from posts on AIX and local heritage groups.
RAF Harlaxton updated.
Details of RAF Morton Hall, Home of HQ 5 Gp, brought up to date.
26 Dec 12 Updated link for 166 Sqn Association.
Added wartime aerial photographs of RAF Hemswell, RAF Scampton, RAF Swinderby and RAF Goxhill
Further advice on site access added including useful on-line mapping source.
Christmas present - Building Radar - is helping flesh out the Chain Home sites, starting with Humberston Chain Home Low.
Updated Ingham station page and added details of the Ingham Heritage Group.
11 Dec 12

A comprehensive list of the airfield day dummy and night decoy sites in Lincolnshire has been added, together with individual pages for each site.
Anwick page comprehensively updated with details of units, layout and decoy site for RAF Digby during WWII.
Bottesford page now includes full airfield history and link to 140+ page detailed narrative.
Folkingham page has been fleshed out to include airfield history narrative.
Kelstern page now includes a limited airfield history.
Further detail added to the Mere page, a Y-station/HF-DF station for Waddington.
Metheringham now has details of a project to rebuild the air traffic tower.
The list of locations referenced has been tidied up and some more internal links and map reference added. Includes Essendine, planned but never built.
Killingholme has had further detail of its brief history updated.
1064 pages now on site.

30 Oct 12 Home page updated for Remembrance 2012.
7 Oct 12 Freiston page fleshed out with some new detail of wartime expansion.
Home page map has been updated to fix some links.
26 Sep 12

Added a page to help promote the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial and its fund-raising campaign.
Added an index to crashes covered on the website for ease of location. Includes Date : Sqn : Stn : Reg : Type : Crew : Location : Narrative
100 Sqn Lancaster MkIII ED-549 HW-S crashed 5 Mar 1943 and was recently commemorated.

25 Sep 12

The homepage has been updated to remove most of the text and include twitter and facebook feeds from our pages on those social networks. This makes it easier to integrate new content or publicise related events in Lincolnshire in a rapid and relevant way. If you haven't already please follow/like us on:
Twitter : http://twitter.com/RAFLincolnshire
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/raflincolnshire
Version number has been advanced to 2.5 from 2.4 to reflect the social networking integration.

30 Jul 12 Updated RAF (H) Nocton Hall history.
24 Apr 12 Waddington Heritage Open Day on 30 Apr celebrating 30 years of Black Buck- sold out.
Binbrook Memphis Belle Remembered on 21 Apr.
Pages added for Great War locations including Habrough, Gainsborough,
13 Feb 12 Added locations to the list of memorials in Lincolnshire.
All airfield with United States connections have had the USAAF or 8th AAF numbers added to the page title.
Pundit Codes and ICAO codes added to all stations and sites where relevant. Airfield call signs added also.
RAF Holbeach updated.
Information on Y services sites at Ingoldmels and East Mere added - both belonged to 63 Wireless Intercept Unit.
Details of GEE site added to RAF Stenigot and on the Caistor/Nettleton GEE.
1 Feb 12

Slight amendment to RAF Wellingore.
Addition of detail to the Butterfly Bomb narrative in RAF Digby history 1941. 1917 also tweaked. Summary military biography of d'Albiac added. Current day page added to the history as well.
Addition of a 1927 crash from 2FTS RAF Digby and request for further details
Added a page to the history section to list and explain the various mission types such as RAMROD RHUBARB, CIRCUS.

A facebook module has been added to the homepage to allow facebook users to leave comments directly on the site. An RAF-Lincolnshire on FB page has also been added to Facebook and you can see comments and updates from the wall on the homepage. If you are a facebook user please 'like' the site and 'like' our page on facebook too!

24 Jan 12 Corrected references to Kelstern in RAF Sturgate photos.
Added a page for the Apr 12 Memphis Belle event at RAF Binbrook.
20 Dec 11

Many minor amendments and additions have been made to the site over the past twelve months. These include:

Many others are indicated by the recent 'Updated' date on the left hand side of the page.

22 Dec 10

Bomber Command Appeal added to homepage

15 Oct 10 No1 RAF Hospital Nocton Hall and No 4 RAF Hospital Rauceby have been fleshed out to tell the full story.
15 Sep 10 Oral history updates including an interesting contribution on life at Manby and Donna Nook from Steve Ripley.
Additional squadron pages added in skeleton.

September 2010: Celebrating Lincolnshire's contribution to the Battle of Britain and the enduring air defence of the United Kingdom.

Read about Bomber County's less-known contribution to the Battle of Britain and the defence of the Midlands, including:

1001 pages.
Version 2.4 - additional content and conceptual restructuring of some areas.

8 Nov 09 Download added complete 131 page book covering the wartime Bomber Command service - and training - of a mid-upper gunner in and around Lincolnshire.
> J A Campbell - the Airborne Years

987 pages on site.
1 Apr 09 Historical resources for fnding aircraft and crashes.
RAF Digby section majorly revised with the 1975 Station history placed in chronological order, and incorporating much recent and oral history research.
22 Oct 08

The story of the HMS Lancastria disaster. I have added a (very) short item and will bolster it.
151 Sqn, Ashby Hall.
RAF Digby - Scopwick CGWC graves listed.
RAF Digby-related crashes in Lincolnshire listed (partly!)

20 Sep 08 Comprehensive addition of the dummy, decoy and camouflage pages, including full outline of Q sites, K sites and Starfish sites.
439 Sqn RCAF page rebuilt as well.
More oral history added to the Digby pages.
Minor additions and corrections. Coningsby updated with Phanton era 228 OCU, 41 Sqn, 6 Sqn and 54 Sqn outlines.
945 HTML pages on site.
22 Feb 08 RAF Mere, RAF Normanby added.
Pages created for Balloon Command and North-East Lincolnshire Barrage sites with Flt HQs East Halton and Grimsby Fish Dock
2 Jan 08

RAF Digby unofficial history by Sqn Ldr J I Gilson has been added in entirety, comprising 70 pages of text.

27 May 07

625 Sqn Log book, photograph and AHB narrative for Sgt E K Day added, kindly supplied by his son Ken Day.

Nov 06

The past 2 months have seen a major content update to the site, similar in size to the increase during the summer of 2004. Some minor 're-wiring' of the internal links may lead to occasional errors. Please let us know if you have any problems.
Version number advanced to 2.3 to reflect the major increase in size and content.

881 pages on site

20 Apr 06

300 Sqn historical photo gallery added.
729 HTML pages on site.

15 Feb 06

Marine craft photographs and detailed history of 22 ASRU / 1110 MCU added
702 HTML pages on site

29 Aug 05 Many minor content additions have been added in the the past months. Notable content inclusions are:
Memorial and Airfield photographs at Goxhill, Scampton and Grimsby/Waltham
1 Apr 05

Major site enhancement - fully functioning FORUM and bulletin board adds major functionality to the site. Version number advanced to 2.0 to reflect this.
Photographs - more!
Associations page now provides a rapid overview of links to Sqn & Stn Associations
Maintenance Unit and Maintenance Command overview - initial on-site cross-references completed.
A quick guide to aviation museums in Lincolnshire has also been added. Further entries will be addded with time.
Some notes on Electronic Warfare (Window, ABC, radar and communications jamming, direction finding etc) incorporated.
A brief history of United States aviation and the history of USN, USAAC, USAAF and USAF in Lincolnshire.
667 pages on site with 100 204 internal and 10 845 external links.

15 Feb 05

I have finally sorted out that nasty typo and replaced all Killinghome with Killingholme!
600 page barrier broken - 627 pages now on site.

1 Feb 05

Logical site map added for new visitors to the site.
History extended resulting in a couple of additional early Sqns identified eg 38 Sqn RFC.
Comprehensive listing of all locations referred to on the site with brief description and links.
Some details on FIDO and dummy and decoy airfields have been added to the history section.
Work on a generic airfield layout description added.
First attempt to consolidate references to hangar types and their development.
Some limited information on aircraft manufacturers in the county has been added.
Oh, a "donate" page has been added to enable supporters of the site to help maintain the webhosting etc.

576 pages with 79740 internal and 9676 external links.

2 Jan 05 Minor site updates carried out which carry the site over the 500 page mark.
Additional photographs uploaded to the memorials section.
Additional Great War sites and relief grounds added to Stations.
New contacts form and help for family military research as well as tracing old colleagues.
504 pages with 74 503 links.
15 Sep 04 Major site update. Content added to many squadron and station pages - some minor stations added as well.
New section added with over 120 pages: Photos.
New section with some content: Memorials.
New skeleton section explaining each aircraft type operated : Aircraft.
A how to navigate page has also been added. Navigation has also been tidied up to make the site more intuitive to browse.
481 pages with 63 827 internal and 8281 external links. Site version advanced to 1.8 to reflect additional content and new sections.
14 Jul 04 Penultimate update until October due to operational commitments. Recent enhancements include:
the forums / bulletin board,
more station photographs,
more memorials
and a smattering of station-specific books.
At last a map to be proud of!
This should aid understanding the geographical context.
Also some more detail on Coastal Command.
Site version now 1.5 to reflect this and other recent major enhancements. 262 pages on site with 4 442 external links.
6 Jul 04 I have been out photographing - I plan a photo page for each location and have started with RAF Coleby Grange and RAF Wellingore.
21 Jun 04 Coastal Command and Air/Sea Rescue summary added.
251 pages.
The logo on all pages is work in progress - not yet complete - and feedback is welcome!
12 Jun 04 Initial museums and memorials now included via an overview page and individual sqn and unit pages.
A Viking Way footpath overview show which 13 airfields lie along its route (this page to be uploaded separately due to a hard drive problem!).
245 Pages. 29 006 on-site and 4021 off-site links.
1 Jun 04 Started work on an FAQs page and have included an explanation of squadron numbering and naming.
218 pages.
20 May 04 Squadron codes and aircraft operated added to sqn pages where available (work in progress).
An historical overview of operational flying in Lincolnshire, and of Bomber Command is being added for background understanding.
Sqns formed by other nations fleshed out.
Version 1.1 to reflect site growth and developed structure. 25 040 on-site and 3120 off-site links. 207 pages.
2 May 04 Site pages: 186.
Recent work has been on adding content to existing station / sqn pages. April was a limited working month due to work commitments.
8 Apr 04 Google site search added.
Acknowledgements
page to thank those providing constructive feedback.
Initial structure work on listing Sqns by their aircraft type.
Site pages: 175
15 Mar 04 Guide to Squadrons drawing personnel from other nations added.
Some tidying up and incremental content addition.
Site pages: 171
8 Mar 04 GuestMap added as an interesting alternative to a normal guestbook.
Approximately 100 outward links to associations, mapping and books added.
730 books on the general list with a further 14 unit specific book pages.
People finder
page added, listing people finder / 'reunited' websites.
Site pages: 168.
3 Mar 04 GetMapping.com affiliate links added, providing opportunity to purchase aerial photography online.
Version 1.0.1a reflecting development of inital skeleton structure.
Site pages: 166
31 Jan 04 Individual Sqn and Station book pages added where appropriate titles are identified.
Site pages: 125.
13 Jan 04 Initial site set-up was completed in December 03 and content will be added incrementally over coming months. Please check back regularly for updates.
Version 1.0.1
Apr 03 Domain name registered. Direction of future content as yet purely hypothetical!

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