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1970s (© Mike Smith, Newark Air Museum)
RAF Winthorpe airfield
Airfield Today:
Newark Air Museum, showground, Newark bypass
Tower Type:
Watch Office for Night Fighter Stations, 12096/41
Tower:
Demolished 1990s
Other Buildings:
None
History:
09/1940 to 02/1942, Satellite to Swinderby (then Syerston) with No. 300 and 301 Polish Squadrons with Fairey Battles and Vickers Wellingtons, then 455 Squadron Handley Page Hampdens.
1942, Closed for most of the year when it was rebuilt with concrete runways. After construction it was found that the main runway take-off was over a vital roller bearing factory!
10/1942 to 08/1945, Again Satellite for Swinderby with no. 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit with Avro Manchesters and Lancasters, later Halifaxes and Stirlings, finally Lancasters.
08/1945 to 07/1947, Transferred to Transport Command and used as a Drop Zone. Then used by No. 1331 Heavy Transport Conversion Unit with Halifaxes.
Transferred to Maintenance Command until closure.
RAF Winthorpe
1992 (© Mike Smith)
RAF Winthorpe
Airfield:
Operational, HCU
Opened:
/1940
Closed:
07/1959
ID Code:
WE
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x - concrete
Hangars:
2x - T2, 1x - B1
County:
Nottinghamshire
Location:
1 mile NE of Newark on Trent
OS Ref:
SK825565
Links:
www.newarkairmuseum.org
©:
Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Winthorpe
1982 (© Ian Woodward)
RAF Winthorpe airfield
RAF Winthorpe - Newark - airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003