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The History of Lincolnshire Aviation

Much is known about the role played by Lincolnshire’s aviation during World War II, including the famous Dambuster’s Raid made by Guy Gibson and his 617 Squadron from RAF Scampton.

What is less well known is that, by the end of World War II, Lincoln had become a world leader in aircraft production.

Lincolnshire in World War II

During World War II, Lincolnshire became known as “Bomber County” due to the fact that it was home to a large number of airfields – 49, to be exact, which was more than any other county in England.

The average distance between these airfields was 7.5 miles, with bomber stations typically taking up approximately 700 acres. The county was at the forefront of the allied air offensive and was home to 1 Group and 5 Group of the Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force.

The Lincolnshire-based bombers contributed heavily to many crucial attacks in the war against Germany, including;

  • The Battle of the Barges (August 1940)
  • The Augsburg Raid (April 17, 1942)
  • Operation Robinson (October 17, 1942)
  • Operation Millennium (May 30, 1942)
  • The Dams Raid ‘Dambusters’ (May 16, 1943)
  • The Battle of the Ruhr (1943-1944)
  • The Numerburg Raid (March 30, 1944)
  • The Battle of Berlin (1944-1945)
  • The Bochum Raid (November 4, 1944)

Aside from these undertakings of the Bomber Command, Lincolnshire was witness to the action of day and night fighters, anti-shipping strike and transport, as well as flying trainings.

Modern-Day Aviation

Today, Lincolnshire is the location of the Royal Air Force Central Flying School and the Royal Air Force Acrobatic Team, “The Red Arrows”.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF’s tribute to the aviators of World War II, is also held in the county and operates a Lancaster, five Spitfires, two Hurricanes, two Chipmunks and a Dakota. The Lincolnshire County Council and Royal Air Force partnership facilitates the viewing of these historic aircraft at their base at RAF Coningsby.

In addition to this, there are various aviation museums and heritage centres throughout the county of Lincolnshire which showcase restored airfield buildings, control towers and operations rooms, among others.

For more information on this, please visit our Lincolnshire modern aviation page.

Below is a list of Lincolnshire aviation museums, visitor centres and heritage centres.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitors Centre (BBMF) 

 

RAF BBMF Visitor’s Centre
Dogdyke Road
Coningsby, LN4 4SY
Telephone: 01522 782040

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre 

 

North Rauceby
Near Cranwell
Sleaford, NG34 8QR
Telephone: 01529 488490

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre 

 

East Kirkby Airfield
East Kirkby, near Spilsby
Lincolnshire
PE23 4DE
Telephone: 01790 763207

Metheringham Airfield Visitors Centre 

 

Westmoor Farm, Martin Moor
Metheringham,

Lincoln
LN4 3BQ
Telephone: 01526 378270

RAF Waddington Viewing Enclosure 

 

The Sentry Post
Sleaford Road (A-15)
Waddington LN5 9EG
Telephone: 01522 720271

RAF Wickenby Memorial Museum 

 

Wickenby Airfield
Near Langworth, Lincoln
LN3 5AX
Telephone: 01673 885000

Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre 

 

Woodhall Spa Road
Tattershall Thorpe
LN4 4PE
Telephone: 01526 342249

Newark Air Museum 

 

The Airfield
Winthorpe, Newark
NG24 2NY
Telephone: 01636 707170

Scampton Historical Museum 

 

RAF Scampton
Lincoln, Lincolnshire
LN1 2ST
Telephone: 01522 730376

RAF Digby 

 

Sector Operations Room Museum
Scopwick, Lincolnshire
LN4 3LH
Telephone: 01526 327296

Grantham Museum 

 

St. Peter’s Hill
Grantham, Lincolnshire
NG3 1PY
Telephone: 01476 568783

International Bomber Command Centre 

 

Canwick Avenue
Lincoln
LN4 2HQ
Telephone: 01522 514755

 

RAF Lincolnshire 100th Anniversary

2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the RAF and a whole host of celebrations took place across Lincolnshire to mark the momentous occasion. For more information, visit our information page.

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