Royal Air Force Stations in Lincolnshire

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RAF Bardney

Airfield Code: BA; Grid reference: TF 142 712

TF1269 : RAF IX Squadron, Bardney by Adrian S Pye TF1269 : IX Squadron, RAF Bardney memorial by Adrian S Pye TF1269 : IX Squadron War Memorial, Bardney by Ian S TF1169 : Bardney village sign, detail by Adrian S Pye

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Bardney was built as a satellite to RAF Waddington in 1943 and home to 9 Squadron. As a Class 'A' standard airfields the main runway was 2000 yards long and the two subsidiary runways were each 1400 yards in length all at a width of 50 yards. The technical site at Bardney was located between the main entrance and the perimeter track and contained workshops, stores, briefing rooms and a watch office amongst others. Two hangars, a T2 and a B1, were also located in the technical site. Domestic and communal sites were dispersed in woodland to the south; the bomb stores were located in Austacre Wood.
In October 1944, 227 Squadron formed at Bardney before moving to RAF Balderton.
November 1st 1944, 189 Squadron formed here. and promptly moved to Fulbeck, but returned on 8th April 1945, staying until October when it moved on this time to Metheringham.
Also in November 1944, 9 Squadron joined 617 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland. From where, on 12th November, armed with Tallboy bombs, they took part in Operation Catechism and successfully sank the German battleship Tirpitz.
In July 1945, 9 Squadron departs and the airfield is closed.

From 1945 onwards, the site was used by the British Army for vehicle storage.

From 1959 to 1963, 106 Squadron operates as a Thor missile unit here, the launch pad at grid reference TF 1423 7155 is still extant.
The site closed and was sold in 1963.
The Watch Office is being restored by the Bardney Model Flyers, a remote control aircraft club.
The former RAF station's hangars have been turned into warehouses.


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