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1948 (© via David Steenson)
RAF Coningsby airfield
Airfield Today:
RAF Station
Tower Type:
1. Watch Office with Met Section, 5845/39 (brick) with post-war VCR 5871c/55
2. Modern ATC tower, type not known
Tower:
1. Demolished 2007
2. In use
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
02/41 to 10/42, 106 Squadron from Finningley with Hampdens then Manchesters and Lancasters.
03/41 to 03/42, 97 Squadron with Avro Manchesters, moved to Woodhall Spa. Returned
with Lancasters 04/44 to 11/46.
Airfield then closed for construction of concrete runways and extra hangars.
08/43 to 01/44, 617 Sq
uadron 'The Dam Busters' commanded by Wing Commander Guy Gibson Victoria Cross, moved to Woodhall Spa.
01/44 to 04/44, 61 Sq
uadron from Skellingthorpe and 619 Squadron from Woodhall Spa, both with Lancasters. 61 Sqn moved back to Skellingthorpe and 619 Sqn to Dunholme Lodge.
04/44 to 11/46, 83 Sq
uadron from Wyton with Lancasters.
No. 83 and 97 Squadrons formed No. 5 Group Special Marker Force of the Pathfinders, 07/46 re-equipped with Lincolns and moved to Hemswell.
11/46 to 03/50, 109 and 139 Squadrons, 16 Operational Training Unit and 231 Operational Conversion Unit with Mosquitos.
10/50 to 05/54, 149 Sq
uadron from Marham with Boeing B-29 Washingtons, followed by 2/51, XV Sqn, 05/51, 44 Squadron and 04/52, 57 Sqn, all requipped with EE Canberras in 1953. 10/53 to 02/54, 40 Squadron with Canberras.
06/54 to /56, Airfield closed for rebuilding and new runways.
Coningsby remains an active RAF Station.
RAF Coningsby airfield
1948 (© via David Steenson)
RAF Coningsby airfield
Airfield:
Operational bomber, OTU, OCU
Opened:
04/11/1940
Closed:
N/A
Code:
CY
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
Grass then 3x - concrete, tarmac in 1943, 2x - new runways in 1956
Hangars:
2x - J Type, then 1x - B1 and 3x - T2 built in 1943
County:
Lincolnshire
Location:
7 miles SW of Horncastle
OS Ref:
TF222563
Link:
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All photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Coningsby airfield
The original 1940 control tower... 2001 (© Mark Stanley)
RAF Coningsby
...and its modern replacement; the new control tower at Coningsby 2007 (© Mr A. Nonymous)
RAF Coningsby airfield
RAF Coningsby airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2006 - Coningsby -