Royal Air Force Stations in Lincolnshire

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RAF Blyton

Airfield Code: AL; Grid reference: SK 872 965

SK8796 : Blyton Park racing circuit clubhouse by Adrian S Pye SK8796 : Memorial to former RAF Blyton by Adrian S Pye SK8796 : Memorial to former RAF Blyton by Tony Hibberd SK8796 : Memorial to former RAF Blyton by Tony Hibberd SK8696 : Former R.A.F. Blyton: aerial 2014 by Chris SK8796 : Blyton airfield: aerial by Chris

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RAF Blyton was opened on the 20th April 1942 with the standard 'A' Class specification runways. Such airfields were known as Class 'A' because the resultant aerial shot of the crossed runways would look like the letter A. Initially it was set up as a satellite station for RAF Lindholme and 1 Group Bomber Command, but was to be transferred to RAF Hemswell shortly after.
18 OTU (Operational Training Unit) B Flight, of the Polish Air Force with their Wellington Bombers were the first Squadron to to move in on the 10th July 1942. Other aircraft including the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley and the Boulton Paul Defiant from 1481 Gunnery Flight arrived, in the September, one of the Defiants immediately crash-landed on arrival at the airfield.
Other Squadrons to occupy Blyton were 199 sqdn, 1662 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit) with over 50 of the aircraft crashing during training.
After the war in 1946, 61 MU (Maintenance Unit) arrived followed by 101 FRS (Flying Refresher School) which flew both Vickers Wellingtons and Gloster Meteors from the station. Flying ceased in May 1954, apart from the coming and goings of 61 MU until it was finally sold-off during 1959.
The greater part of the runways have been cleared and most of the buildings demolished.

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