|20 Nov 18
||After a slight hiatus I have moved the site to new
webhosting that will keep it going for a few years. Will tweak and
add content progressively once again.
|11 Nov 17
||minor updates around the site over the past two
|20 Apr 15
||The full account of Digby-based Soviet spy Chief
Tech Douglas Britten has been added.
|29 Jun 14
||A series of small updates have been applied across
the site in response to contributions from email correspondence.
View summary of Lincolnshire's role in D-Day
|1 Dec 13
||Updated Skendleby, Orby and Ingoldmells Chain Home
and GCI sites.
Details of 101 Sqn Vulcan B2 XM600
crash near Spilsby in 1977.
|1 Oct 13
RAF Lincolnshire is Ten Years Old!
Updated contact details and opening times
for RAF Scampton Heritage
RAF Orby remained open after the war
to train Marconi engineers.
Information about life at RAF
85 Sqn B Flt - life setting up and maintaining Bloodhound RADAR
at RAF North Coates.
Did the RAFWaffe
aircraft go into storage at RAF Manby
after the war?
An index has been added for the oral
history which is incorporated on the website for ease of reference
of primary materials. These indiv`idual narratives tell the story
from the people's perspective not the official historical records.
Oral history added for Iris
Burgess, wartime WAAF at Manby.
RAF Faldingworth / 92MU personnel were
accommodated at Scampton in 1971.
|11 May 13
||Most the research, communication and updating has
been taking place this spring via our established feeds on the main
social networks. For more regular news on research, heritage and events
taking place around Lincolnshire, follow RAF Lincolnshire:
Story of Flt Lt Colin
Richards who was a friend of a crewmember in 61 Sqn's first
|3 Jan 13
Stainton to include information from posts on AIX and local heritage
RAF Harlaxton updated.
Details of RAF Morton Hall,
Home of HQ 5 Gp, brought up to date.
|26 Dec 12
||Updated link for 166
Added wartime aerial photographs of RAF Hemswell,
RAF Scampton, RAF
Swinderby and RAF Goxhill
Further advice on site access added including
useful on-line mapping source.
Christmas present - Building Radar - is helping flesh out the Chain
Home sites, starting with Humberston
Chain Home Low.
Updated Ingham station page and added
details of the Ingham Heritage
|11 Dec 12
list of the airfield day
dummy and night
decoy sites in Lincolnshire has been added, together with individual
pages for each site.
Anwick page comprehensively updated
with details of units, layout and decoy site for RAF Digby during
Bottesford page now includes
full airfield history and link to 140+ page detailed narrative.
Folkingham page has been
fleshed out to include airfield history narrative.
Kelstern page now includes a
limited airfield history.
Further detail added to the Mere page,
a Y-station/HF-DF station for Waddington.
Metheringham now has
details of a project to rebuild
the air traffic tower.
The list of locations referenced has been tidied up and some more
internal links and map reference added. Includes Essendine,
planned but never built.
Killingholme has had
further detail of its brief history updated.
1064 pages now on site.
|30 Oct 12
||Home page updated for Remembrance 2012.
|7 Oct 12
fleshed out with some new detail of wartime expansion.
Home page map has been updated to
fix some links.
|26 Sep 12
Added a page to help promote the Lincolnshire
Bomber Command Memorial and its fund-raising campaign.
Added an index to crashes covered on the website
for ease of location. Includes Date : Sqn : Stn : Reg : Type : Crew
: Location : Narrative
100 Sqn Lancaster MkIII ED-549
HW-S crashed 5 Mar 1943 and was recently commemorated.
|25 Sep 12
has been updated to remove most of the text and include twitter
and facebook feeds from our pages on those social networks. This
makes it easier to integrate new content or publicise related events
in Lincolnshire in a rapid and relevant way. If you haven't already
please follow/like us on:
Twitter : http://twitter.com/RAFLincolnshire
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/raflincolnshire
Version number has been advanced to 2.5 from 2.4 to reflect the
social networking integration.
|30 Jul 12
(H) Nocton Hall history.
|24 Apr 12
Heritage Open Day on 30 Apr celebrating
30 years of Black Buck- sold out.
Binbrook Memphis Belle Remembered
on 21 Apr.
Pages added for Great War locations including Habrough,
|13 Feb 12
||Added locations to the list of memorials
All airfield with United States connections
have had the USAAF or 8th AAF numbers added to the page title.
Pundit Codes and ICAO
codes added to all stations and sites where relevant. Airfield
call signs added also.
RAF Holbeach updated.
Information on Y services sites at Ingoldmels
and East Mere added - both belonged
to 63 Wireless Intercept Unit.
Details of GEE site added to RAF Stenigot
and on the Caistor/Nettleton GEE.
|1 Feb 12
Slight amendment to RAF
Addition of detail to the Butterfly
Bomb narrative in RAF Digby history 1941. 1917
also tweaked. Summary military
biography of d'Albiac added. Current
day page added to the history as well.
Addition of a 1927 crash
from 2FTS RAF Digby and request for further details
Added a page to the history section to
list and explain the various mission
types such as RAMROD RHUBARB, CIRCUS.
A facebook module has been added to the homepage
to allow facebook users to leave comments directly on the site.
An RAF-Lincolnshire on FB page has also been added to Facebook and
you can see comments and updates from the wall on the homepage.
If you are a facebook user please 'like' the site and 'like' our
page on facebook too!
|24 Jan 12
||Corrected references to Kelstern in RAF
Added a page for the Apr 12 Memphis
Belle event at RAF Binbrook.
|20 Dec 11
Many minor amendments and additions have been
made to the site over the past twelve months. These include:
Many others are indicated by the recent 'Updated'
date on the left hand side of the page.
|22 Dec 10
Command Appeal added to homepage
|15 Oct 10
||No1 RAF Hospital Nocton
Hall and No 4 RAF Hospital Rauceby
have been fleshed out to tell the full story.
|15 Sep 10
||Oral history updates including an interesting contribution
on life at Manby and Donna
Nook from Steve Ripley.
Additional squadron pages added in skeleton.
September 2010: Celebrating Lincolnshire's
contribution to the Battle of Britain and the enduring air defence
of the United Kingdom.
Read about Bomber County's less-known contribution
to the Battle of Britain and the defence of the Midlands, including:
- Chain Home
Radar sites (Ingolmels,
Humberston and surviving
mast at Stenigot),
Command represented by 12 Group Sectors based around the RAF
Digby and RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
ops rooms (Digby's is now a leading
- the 1940 fighter airfields at Coleby
joined later in the war by Hibaldstow
- Front-line fighter squadrons including Digby:
29 Sqn, 46
Sqn, 151 Sqn, 611
Sqn and Kirton in Lindsey: 74 Sqn, 85
Sqn, 222 Sqn, 253
Sqn, 264 Sqn and 616
- USAAF at Goxhill
- the latter-day fighter bases at Binbrook
Command defending Lincoln city and the industrial areas on
the Humber, through 842 Sqn 17 Balloon Centre detachments at Grimsby
Fish Dock and East Halton.
- The ongoing air defence mission at RAF
Coningsby, home of the Quick Reaction Alert, RAF
Scampton (1 Air Co-ordination Centre) and RAF
Waddington (8 Sqn E-3D Air Warning
and Co-ordination System).
Version 2.4 - additional content and conceptual restructuring of
|8 Nov 09
||Download added complete 131 page book covering the
wartime Bomber Command service - and training - of a mid-upper gunner
in and around Lincolnshire.
> J A Campbell - the Airborne Years
pages on site.
|1 Apr 09
||Historical resources for fnding
aircraft and crashes.
RAF Digby section majorly revised with
the 1975 Station history placed in chronological order, and incorporating
much recent and oral history research.
|22 Oct 08
The story of the HMS
Lancastria disaster. I have added a (very) short item and will
151 Sqn, Ashby
RAF Digby - Scopwick CGWC
RAF Digby-related crashes in
Lincolnshire listed (partly!)
|20 Sep 08
||Comprehensive addition of the dummy,
decoy and camouflage pages, including full outline of Q
sites, K sites
439 Sqn RCAF page rebuilt as well.
More oral history added to the Digby pages.
Minor additions and corrections. Coningsby updated with Phanton era
228 OCU, 41
Sqn, 6 Sqn and 54
945 HTML pages on site.
|22 Feb 08
||RAF Mere, RAF
Pages created for Balloon
Command and North-East Lincolnshire Barrage sites with Flt HQs
East Halton and Grimsby
|2 Jan 08
Digby unofficial history by Sqn Ldr J I Gilson has been added
in entirety, comprising 70 pages of text.
|27 May 07
625 Sqn Log
book, photograph and AHB narrative for Sgt E K Day added, kindly
supplied by his son Ken Day.
The past 2 months have seen a major content update
to the site, similar in size to the increase during the summer of
2004. Some minor 're-wiring' of the internal links may lead to occasional
errors. Please let us know if you have
Version number advanced to 2.3 to reflect the major increase in
size and content.
881 pages on site
|20 Apr 06
300 Sqn historical
photo gallery added.
729 HTML pages on site.
|15 Feb 06
Marine craft photographs
and detailed history of 22 ASRU
/ 1110 MCU added
702 HTML pages on site
|29 Aug 05
||Many minor content additions have been added in
the the past months. Notable content inclusions are:
Memorial and Airfield photographs at Goxhill,
Scampton and Grimsby/Waltham
|1 Apr 05
Major site enhancement - fully functioning FORUM
and bulletin board adds major functionality to the site. Version
number advanced to 2.0 to reflect this.
Photographs - more!
Associations page now provides a
rapid overview of links to Sqn & Stn Associations
Maintenance Unit and
Maintenance Command overview - initial on-site cross-references
A quick guide to aviation museums in Lincolnshire
has also been added. Further entries will be addded with time.
Some notes on Electronic Warfare
(Window, ABC, radar and communications jamming, direction finding
A brief history of United States aviation
and the history of USN, USAAC, USAAF and USAF in Lincolnshire.
667 pages on site with 100 204 internal and 10 845 external links.
|15 Feb 05
I have finally sorted out that nasty typo and
replaced all Killinghome with Killingholme!
600 page barrier broken - 627 pages now on site.
1 Feb 05
Logical site map added
for new visitors to the site.
History extended resulting in a couple
of additional early Sqns identified eg 38
Comprehensive listing of all locations referred
to on the site with brief description and links.
Some details on FIDO and dummy
and decoy airfields have been added to the history section.
Work on a generic airfield
layout description added.
First attempt to consolidate references to hangar
types and their development.
Some limited information on aircraft
manufacturers in the county has been added.
Oh, a "donate" page has been
added to enable supporters of the site to help maintain the webhosting
576 pages with 79740 internal and 9676 external links.
|2 Jan 05
||Minor site updates carried out which carry the site
over the 500 page mark.
Additional photographs uploaded to the memorials
Additional Great War sites and relief grounds added to Stations.
New contacts form and help for family
military research as well as tracing old
504 pages with 74 503 links.
|15 Sep 04
||Major site update. Content added to many squadron
and station pages - some minor stations added
New section added with over 120 pages: Photos.
New section with some content: Memorials.
New skeleton section explaining each aircraft type operated : Aircraft.
A how to navigate page
has also been added. Navigation has also been tidied up to make the
site more intuitive to browse.
481 pages with 63 827 internal and 8281 external links. Site version
advanced to 1.8 to reflect additional content and new sections.
|14 Jul 04
||Penultimate update until
October due to operational commitments. Recent enhancements include:
the forums / bulletin board,
more station photographs,
and a smattering of station-specific books.
At last a map to be proud
This should aid understanding the geographical context.
Also some more detail on Coastal
Site version now 1.5 to reflect this and other recent major enhancements.
262 pages on site with 4 442 external links.
|6 Jul 04
||I have been out photographing - I plan a photo page
for each location and have started with RAF
Coleby Grange and RAF
|21 Jun 04
Command and Air/Sea
Rescue summary added.
The logo on all pages is work in progress - not yet complete - and
feedback is welcome!
|12 Jun 04
and memorials now included via an overview page and individual
sqn and unit pages.
A Viking Way footpath
overview show which 13 airfields lie along its route (this page to
be uploaded separately due to a hard drive problem!).
245 Pages. 29 006 on-site and 4021 off-site links.
|1 Jun 04
||Started work on an FAQs
page and have included an explanation of squadron
numbering and naming.
|20 May 04
||Squadron codes and aircraft operated added to sqn
pages where available (work in progress).
An historical overview of
operational flying in Lincolnshire, and of Bomber
Command is being added for background understanding.
Sqns formed by other nations fleshed
Version 1.1 to reflect site growth and developed structure. 25 040
on-site and 3120 off-site links. 207 pages.
|2 May 04
||Site pages: 186.
Recent work has been on adding content to existing station / sqn pages.
April was a limited working month due to work commitments.
|8 Apr 04
||Google site search
Acknowledgements page to thank those
providing constructive feedback.
Initial structure work on listing Sqns by their aircraft
Site pages: 175
|15 Mar 04
||Guide to Squadrons drawing personnel from other
Some tidying up and incremental content addition.
Site pages: 171
|8 Mar 04
||GuestMap added as an interesting alternative to
a normal guestbook.
Approximately 100 outward links to associations, mapping and books
730 books on the general list with a further 14 unit specific book
People finder page added, listing people finder / 'reunited'
Site pages: 168.
|3 Mar 04
affiliate links added, providing opportunity to purchase aerial photography
Version 1.0.1a reflecting development of inital skeleton structure.
Site pages: 166
|31 Jan 04
||Individual Sqn and Station book pages
added where appropriate titles are identified.
Site pages: 125.
|13 Jan 04
||Initial site set-up was completed in December
03 and content will be added incrementally over coming months. Please
check back regularly for updates.
||Domain name registered. Direction of future content
as yet purely hypothetical!
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