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Updated: 12 Nov 11

This is a distinct location to the RAF Grantham at St Vincents House which housed HQ 5 Gp. RAF Spitalgate was so named on 29 Mar 1944 and is sometimes referred to as RAF Spittlegate.

Opened: Nov 1916 as Grantham Aerodrome

Upgraded: Grass runway replaced Nov 1943 - early 1944

Closed: 1975; now a Royal Logistics Corps Territorial Army Centre Grantham

Airfield code :: GH

Squadrons based here:

24 Wing RFC :: 24 Mar 1917 - Apr 1918

11 TS (Reserve Training Squadron) :: Apr - 15 Sep 1917 (to RAF Scampton)

49 TS :: ?? - 15 Sep 1917

15 TS :: Sep 1917 - 15 Aug 1918*

20 TS :: Sep - 27 Nov 1917

37 TS :: Sep 1917 - 15 Aug 1918*

109 Training Squadron ??

* formed 39 Training Depot Station :: 15 Aug 1918
renamed
39 Training School :: 14 Mar 1919 - 26 Apr 1920
renamed
6 Flying Training School :: 26 Apr 1920 - May 1921

70 Sqn :: Feb 1919 - disbanded by year-end 1919

29 Sqn :: Aug 1919 - disbanded by year-end 1919

43 Sqn :: Sep 1919 - Jan 1920

100 Sqn :: 4 Feb 1922 - ??, Aug 1926 - Jan 1928

39 Sqn :: 8 Feb 1923 - 21 Jan 1928

HQ 23 Gp :: 12 Apr 1926 - 14 Aug 1926

3 FTS :: 2 Apr 1928 - summer 1937

113 Sqn :: Aug 1937 - 30 Apr 1938

211 Sqn :: 2 Sep 1937 - Apr 1938

106 Sqn :: Sep - 14 Oct 1938

12 Service Flying Training School :: Oct 1938,
renamed
12 FTS :: Sep 1939,
renamed
12 (Pilots) AFU :: 1 Apr 1942 - 8 Feb 1945

HQ 5 Gp Comms Flt :: 1938 - 14 Nov 1943

1536 Beam Approach Trg Flt :: Mar 1943 - May 1945

17 SFTS :: Mar 1945,
renamed
1 FTS :: 1947 - Feb 1948

RAF OCTU :: Jun 1948 - Mar 1954

Mess Staff School :: Sep 1949 - Aug 1957

HQ 24 Gp TTC :: Mar 1954 - Sep 1958

RAF School of Education :: 1955 - 1958

RAF Central Library :: 1955 - 1958

WRAF Depot :: 1960 - Mar 1974

2166 Comms Sqn USAF :: 1962 - 1967

Central Gliding School :: - 1975

RAF Folkingham served as a daylight dummy and Q-site decoy or fake for RAF Spitalgate.

HQ 24 Group moved from Spitalgate in late August or very early September 1958. DAvid Lingard recollects travelling by bus (with RAF quality hard seats) from Spitalgate to RAF Rudloe Manor in Wiltshire, with a lunch break at RAF Bicester.


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