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RNAS FREISTON SHORES

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The site of the First World War airfield of RNAS Freiston Shores established in September 1917. It was opened by the Royal Navy Air Service (RNAS) as a satellite base for air-weapon training for nearby RNAS Cranwell. Freiston airfield was disbanded in March 1920.

The airfield was established near to the bombing and gunnery range located on the mud flats to the south and east of Boston, Lincolnshire. This training area was just too far from RNAS Cranwell and a landing strip was required to carry out the bombing training. Freiston was initially not much more than a field covering an area of about 80 acres of land with a landing ground measuring 500 by 500 yards. It was originally used as the final two weeks of training for officers on the advanced flying course at RNAS Cranwell. However, its role was soon extended and the airfield was twice expanded with permanent buildings including hangars, accommodation blocks and a control tower built.

The airfield was originally known as the RNAS Gunnery School or Armament Training School and then became the School of Aerial Fighting and Bomb Dropping when the RNAS became amalgamated into the newly formed RAF in 1918. The name of the school soon changed again to the No. 4 School of Aerial Fighting and Gunnery and was redesignated again as No. 4 Fighting School. The training school used various types of operational and training aircraft, including B.E.2s, Avro 504s, Sopwith Camels, and later Sopwith Dolphins. A Flight of Bristol Scouts was also established at Freiston for anti-Zeppelin duties.
Soon after the airfield was closed, several of the airfield buildings were blown down in storms and the rest of the establishment was sold off at auction. The only surviving remains are the foundations of the airfield HQ building.

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