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WOODHALL SPA AIRFIELD

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The site of Woodhall Spa Airfield established in World War Two. Initial construction began in 1940 but because of the immediate threat of invasion further construction was postponed until 1942 and the airfield opened later that year.
The airfield consisted of three concrete runways and was equipped with Type B1 and Type T2 aircraft hangars. There was temporary accommodation for over 1000 men. As its main function was as a heavy bomber base for Royal Air Force Bomber Command, there were also large bomb stores, situated in a plantation to the north of the flying field (see Monument Number 1432048 for a detailed description). The airfield was protected by defensive installations, (please see records 1429108 and 1419965 for details). The airfield was mainly used by 97 Squadron and then 617 Squadron (famous as the Dambusters). In the latter part of the war 617 Squadron were involved in dropping powerful "Grand Slam" bombs. After the war flying ceased but the site was reactivated as a Bloodhound Missile site between 1960-1967 (please see 1312688 for details of this site). In 2000 part of the site remained in use by the RAF for testing aircraft. Other areas are woodland, gravel pits and a golf course.

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