PHANTOM FIELDS AND GHOST SQUADRONS

The Lost Airfields Of England - Photographs by Neil R Thomson

RAF Coleby Grange

53º07’47”N 000º29’55”W

YEARS ACTIVE: 1930 - 1963

NOTES: No 402 Sqn RCAF (Hawker Hurricane Mk1s) No 307 Polish Night Fighter Squadron (de Havilland Mosquitos) 425th Fighter Squadron USAAF (Northrop P-61 Black Widows)

RAF Woodhall Spa
53.136°N 0.186°W
YEARS ACTIVE: 1942 - 1964
Notes: No. 617 Sqn (Avro Lancasters) No.627 Sqn (de Havilland Mosquitos)

RAF Woodhall Spa

53.136°N 0.186°W

YEARS ACTIVE: 1942 - 1964

Notes: No. 617 Sqn (Avro Lancasters) No.627 Sqn (de Havilland Mosquitos)

RAF Thorpe Abbots
52°23’00”N 001°13’00”E
YEARS ACTIVE: 1943 - 1946
Notes: USAAF 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy) “The Bloody Hundredth” (Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses)

RAF Thorpe Abbots

52°23’00”N 001°13’00”E

YEARS ACTIVE: 1943 - 1946

Notes: USAAF 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy) “The Bloody Hundredth” (Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses)

RAF Roughingham
52°13’23.39”N 0°47’58.35”E
YEARS ACTIVE: 1943 - 1946
NOTES: U.S.A.A.F 94th Bombardment Group (heavy) Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses

RAF Roughingham

52°13’23.39”N 0°47’58.35”E

YEARS ACTIVE: 1943 - 1946

NOTES: U.S.A.A.F 94th Bombardment Group (heavy) Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses

RAF Snarehill
52°24’34.52”N 0°46’10.52” E
YEARS ACTIVE: 1915 - 1941
NOTES: No.7 Wing RFC (Sopwith Pups) ‘K’ Type Decoy Airfield (Vickers Wellingtons)

RAF Snarehill

52°24’34.52”N 0°46’10.52” E

YEARS ACTIVE: 1915 - 1941

NOTES: No.7 Wing RFC (Sopwith Pups) ‘K’ Type Decoy Airfield (Vickers Wellingtons)

RAF Winthorpe
52°06’12.56”N 0°47’12.07”W
YEARS ACTIVE: 1940 - 1959
NOTES: No. 300 Sqn (Polish) (Fairey Battles) , No. 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit No. 5 Group Bomber Command (Avro Lancasters, Avro Manchesters)

RAF Winthorpe

52°06’12.56”N 0°47’12.07”W

YEARS ACTIVE: 1940 - 1959

NOTES: No. 300 Sqn (Polish) (Fairey Battles) , No. 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit No. 5 Group Bomber Command (Avro Lancasters, Avro Manchesters)

RAF Oakington
52°16’24”N 000°03’58”W
YEARS ACTIVE: 1940 - 1970
NOTES: No. 218 Sqn (Bristol Blenheims) No.7 Sqn (Short Sterlings)

RAF Oakington

52°16’24”N 000°03’58”W

YEARS ACTIVE: 1940 - 1970

NOTES: No. 218 Sqn (Bristol Blenheims) No.7 Sqn (Short Sterlings)

RAF Metheringham
53°08’24.13”N 0°24’29.75”W
YEARS ACTIVE: 1943 - 1951
NOTES: No. 106 Sqn (Avro Lancasters) No. 189 Sqn (Avro Lancasters)

RAF Metheringham

53°08’24.13”N 0°24’29.75”W

YEARS ACTIVE: 1943 - 1951

NOTES: No. 106 Sqn (Avro Lancasters) No. 189 Sqn (Avro Lancasters)

RAF Ingham

53°20’28.47”N 0°34’36.03”W

YEARS ACTIVE: 1941 - 1946

NOTES: No. 305 (Polish) Sqn (Avro Lancasters) No. 199 Sqn (Short Sterlings)

RAF Great Ashfield
52°15’20”N 000°56’37”E
YEARS ACTIVE: 1943 - 1955
NOTES: U.S.A.A.F 385th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (Martin B-26 Marauders, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses)

RAF Great Ashfield

52°15’20”N 000°56’37”E

YEARS ACTIVE: 1943 - 1955

NOTES: U.S.A.A.F 385th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (Martin B-26 Marauders, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses)

RAF Gramston Lodge
52°10’54”N 000°06’49”W
YEARS ACTIVE: 1942 - 1955
NOTES: No.421 Sqn RCAF (Supermarine Spitfires) No.169 Sqn RAF (North American Mustangs) No.53 Squadron RAF Consolidated Liberators

RAF Gramston Lodge

52°10’54”N 000°06’49”W

YEARS ACTIVE: 1942 - 1955

NOTES: No.421 Sqn RCAF (Supermarine Spitfires) No.169 Sqn RAF (North American Mustangs) No.53 Squadron RAF Consolidated Liberators

RAF Downham Market

52°36’27”N 0°24’26”E

YEARS ACTIVE: 1942 - 1946

NOTES: No.218 Sqn RAF (de Havilliand Mosquitos) No.571 Sqn RAF (Avro Lancasters) No. 635 Sqn RAF (Airspeed Horsas)

RAF Bodney U.S.A.A.F Station 141
52°33’34”N 0°43’25”E
YEARS ACTIVE: 1940 - 1945
NOTES: No.21 Sqn RAF (Bristol Blenheims) U.S.A.A.F 352nd Fighter Group (Republic P-47 Thunderbolts, North American P-51D Mustangs)

RAF Bodney U.S.A.A.F Station 141

52°33’34”N 0°43’25”E

YEARS ACTIVE: 1940 - 1945

NOTES: No.21 Sqn RAF (Bristol Blenheims) U.S.A.A.F 352nd Fighter Group (Republic P-47 Thunderbolts, North American P-51D Mustangs)

RAF Bassingbourne
52°05’39”N 000°03’00”W
YEARS ACTIVE: 1937 - 1969
NOTES: No. 108 Sqn RAF (Hawker Hinds), U.S.A.A.F 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) (B-17 Flying Fortresses) RAF Jet O.C.U (English Electric Canberras)

RAF Bassingbourne

52°05’39”N 000°03’00”W

YEARS ACTIVE: 1937 - 1969

NOTES: No. 108 Sqn RAF (Hawker Hinds), U.S.A.A.F 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) (B-17 Flying Fortresses) RAF Jet O.C.U (English Electric Canberras)

RAF Husbands Bosworth

52.4526°N 1.0559°W

YEARS ACTIVE: 1943 - 1946

NOTES: RAF Bomber Command OCU (Vickers Wellingtons)