Holbeach (Holbeach Air Weapons Range)
'Defend and strike'
Updated: 12 Feb 12
Closed: still an active RAF Station.
ICAO Code: EGYH
Units based here:
RAF Holbeach is known as the Wash Bombing Range and is located around 8 miles North-North-East of Holbeach village, approximately equidistant from Boston and King's Lynn. The range is intended for air weapons training, principally for RAF and other NATO nations to drop practice bombs and fire cannon.
The boundaries of the range danger zone cover an area of 42 square kilometres between the low water mark and sea bank, from Wainfleet Sands to the north-east to Friskney Flats in the south-west.
Holbeach opened in 1928 as a bombing and gunnery range. There was also a small landing ground at one point. Today there is just a small helipad.
The representative target set on the Wash sands includes a number of beached trailers. Accuracy of the fall of shot is calculated from obseration from manned towers parallel to the target line and other semi-automatic systems.
Formerly parented by RAF Marham, Holbeach transfered to Defence Estates on 1 Apr 2006 although an affiliation still exists. 5131 Bomb Disposal Squadon based at RAF Marham have the task of clearing the targets of spent ordnance.
RAF Holbeach on Thunder and LightningTarget array photographs on-target-aviation
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