North Witham
site map
airfield listing
usaaf listing
contact me
2002 (© Robert Truman)
RAF North Witham airfield
Airfield Today:
Twyford Wood, a nature reserve run by the Forestry Commission
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41 with medium windows 343/43
Tower:
In 2002 the Tower is just a bare shell almost lost in the trees, entry is restricted by locked gates
Other Buildings:
Most buildings have gone, one T2 hangar remains in use on industrial estate, water tower survives to south of airfield, all runways and perimeter tracks remain
History:
Originally built as an RAF Bomber Station in No.7 Group.
08/43 to 05/45 Allocated to 9th USAAF Troop Carrier Command HQ, used by 1st Tactical Air Depot (29th, 33rd and 85th Air Depot Groups) preparing C-47's for operations, major servicing, repairs and supplies.
03/44, IX Troop Carrier Command Pathfinder School established to train the leading airborne invasion forces. 20 C-47's left North Witham 2200hrs 05/06/44, landing 200 troops in Normandy 1220hrs on D-Day to guide in the main paratroop forces.
Renamed IX Troop Carrier Pathfinder Group (Provisional), moving to Chalgrove 09/44.

09/44,
IX TCC transferred to Ninth Air Force becoming IX Troop Carrier Service Wing (Provisional).
Stationtransferred to RAF Maintenance Command. 06/45 to 06/46, No. 259 Maintenance Unit aircraft spares depot.
No. 100 MU, N0.40 Group, used the runways for bomb storage until 1948.
09/45, No.4 Personnel and Despatch Unit for RAF Regiment demob.
Airfield then placed on Care and Maintenance and inactive by 1956, sold off 02/60. Forestry Commission then extended Twyford Wood to cover the airfield site.
RAF North Witham airfield - 1st TAD - 9th Troop Carrier Pathfinder Group -
Front corner
View through rear door
Steps to side door
North Witham photopage  
   
2002 (© Robert Truman)
RAF North Witham airfield - 1st TAD - 9th Troop Carrier Pathfinder Group -
Airfield:
Operational
Opened:
12/1943
Closed:
/1956
Code:
NW
USAAF Station:
479
Runways:
3x concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
2x - T2, 6x - Butler
County:
Lincolnshire
Location:
8 miles S of Grantham
OS Ref:
SK946225
Links:
North Witham photopage
©:
All photographs copyright © as stated
RAF North Witham airfield - 1st TAD - 9th Troop Carrier Pathfinder Group -
2002 (© Robert Truman)
RAF North Witham airfield - 1st TAD - 9th Troop Carrier Pathfinder Group -
RAF North Witham airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002 - North Witham -