Royal Air Force Stations in Lincolnshire

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Creative Commons License Text by Adrian S Pye, August 2019 ; This work is dedicated to the Public Domain.
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RAF Barkston Heath

Airfield Code: BA: Grid reference: SK 970 417. Operational

SK9741 : Memorial to USAAF at RAF Barkston Heath by Adrian S Pye SK9640 : T2 Hangar on Barkston Heath airfield by Adrian S Pye SK9741 : WGFLAUIMXDO by Ian Paterson SK9741 : Hangar, RAF Barkston Heath by JThomas SK9640 : RAF Barkston Heath sunset by John Goldsmith SK9640 : RAF Barkston Heath Crash Gate (Number 6) by Billy-Death SK9640 : Control Tower at RAF Barkston Heath airfield by Adrian S Pye

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Barkston Heath is still operational as a satellite landing field for RAF Cranwell.
Re-designated as a bomber airfield work began in the summer of 1943, with the provision of three concrete runways of the standard lengths.
A perimeter track connected the runway heads with 50 dispersals. The airfield, at its height had seven hangars, one B1 and six T2s, four of which were erected in early 1944 and were sited the other side of the B6043 and linked to the perimeter track by a loop system (now Mid UK Recycling Ltd) The technical site and communal & accommodation sites were dispersed to the south. The bomb stores were located off the western perimeter track.
In late 1943, Barkston Heath was made available to the United States Army Air Force's Ninth Air Force. It was earmarked for basing troop carrier units scheduled to be transferred from Sicily to participate in the forthcoming cross-Channel invasion, Operation Overlord. During its time as a USAAF airfield, Barkston Heath was designated as USAAF station 483.
The USAAF returned control of the airfield to the Air Ministry in June 1945 when the war in Europe ended. Barkston Heath was used by 256 Maintenance Unit RAF and 2 Squadron RAF Regiment. From May 1948 it was assigned to RAF Cranwell as a relief landing ground, and this role continues today.
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