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RAF Coleby Grange



Reference Name MLI60620

Name:
RAF Coleby Grange

Summary:
RAF Coleby Grange opened in 1940 as a fighter airfield and satellite for RAF Digby. It was closed 1963.

Location:
BOOTHBY GRAFFOE, NORTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE
COLEBY, NORTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE
METHERINGHAM, NORTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE

Description:
An airfield that opened in 1940 as a fighter airfield and satellite for RAF Digby. It was closed 1963. {1}

Many of the former airfield structures were demolished soon after the station's closure in 1963, although the control tower (see PRN 65683), and some of the airfield defences remain extant. {2}

The remains of the airfield can be seen on aerial photographs as stonework and earthworks. {3}

RAF Coleby Grange was constructed shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War as a satellite station to Digby. It was taken over by Kirton in Lindsey in May 1940. The station was closed in 1946 and placed on a Care and Maintenance status, though the gliding function continued until 1947. During 1958, the Air Ministry began construction of a Douglas Thor missile site at the station. This function was withdrawn in 1963, when the missile system was superseded. Little remains of the airfield today [1984] although the 'T1' hangar still stands on the other side of the A15. The former watch office also remains in relatively good condition. {4}{5}

Sources:
1 Bibliographic Reference: T.N. Hancock. 1978. Bomber County. p.114
2 Photograph: Lincolnshire County Council. 1998. RAF Coleby Grange control tower. -
3 Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. LINCOLNSHIRE. SK9854: LI.865.3.1
4 Bibliographic Reference: Ron N.E. Blake, Mike Hodgson and Bill J. Taylor. 1984. The Airfields of Lincolnshire Since 1912. pp.49-50
5 Digital Archive: Council for British Archaeology. 2006. Defence of Britain Archive. 3980

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