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Woodhall Spa

Updated: 9 Dec 12

Opened: Feb 1942

Flying ops ceased: 1964

Closed:

Airfield code :: WS

ICAO Code ::

Airfield call sign :: GUNCREW

Squadrons based here:

97 Sqn ::

619 Sqn ::

617 Sqn ::

627 Sqn ::

97 Conversion Flight :: 1 Aug 1942 - 1 Sep 1942
merged into 1660 HCU on 7 Oct 1942

222 Sqn :: May 1960 – Jul 1964

112 Sqn :: 1965 - 1967

RAF Woodhall Spa opened as a satellite to RAF Coningsby in Feb 1942 and became No 54 Base Substation in Aug 1943. On 14 Mar 1945 an aircraft from Woodhall Spa dropped the first 22 000lb Grand Slam bomb in anger, helping to destroy the viaduct at Bielefeld.

RAF Woodhall Spa and 617 Sqn are commemorated in a memorial and visitor centre. More details are on the memorials page.

The Viking Way long-distance footpath passes the Petwood Hotel and 617 Sqn memorials in Woodhall Spa.

RAF Woodhall Spa was a Bloodhound base after the war with 222 Sqn based here from 1960 to 1964 and 112 Sqn from 1965 to 1967.

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

Woodhall Spa memorials

Books about RAF Woodhall Spa

Photos of Woodhall Spa bomb dump on friskney.com

Photos of the Petwood Hotel and Blue Bell on friskney.com

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