The Royal Flying Corps and later Royal Air Force airfield name Kirton in Lindsey was used during the First World War from December 1916 to June 1919. The airfield was used by detachments of 33 Squadron from nearby Gainsborough until the squadron moved was based from June 1918, 33 Squadron was a home defence squadron equipped with the Bristol Fighters and Avro 504s.
With the end of the war, the airfield was returned to agricultural use.
Kirton in Lindsey was opened on a new site in May 1940 as a Fighter Command Station covering the NE of England during World War II. Many Defiant and Spitfire Squadrons rested here for a short time during the Battle of Britain.
The airfield was home of Number 71 Squadron of the RAF’s Fighter Command. 71 Squadron was composed of mostly Americans and was one of the "Eagle Squadrons" of American volunteers who fought in World War II prior to the American entry into the war. 71 Squadron was assigned the squadron code XR.
The squadron arrived at the station in November 1940. By January the squadron was declared combat ready and began flying convoy escort over the North Sea. On 9 April No. 71 was moved to RAF Martlesham Heath.
Memories of RAF Kirton in Lindsey
(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)
RAF Kirton in Lindsey, 1941 - 1960s in 2010
Written by Pat Horton
I have many recorded memories of people who served at RAF Kirtonin Lindsey and Hibaldstow between 1941 and 1960s.
Annual reunions in May being held sine 1996. For more information contact me by e-mail.
RAF Kirton in Lindsey in 1944
Written by Ken Bartrop
Kirton was my first posting after taining at RAF Halton.We had Pilots converting to flying Spitfires. I was there from Feb to Jun.1944 then went to India for two and a half years.
On return from India, and, after being on disembarkation leave for 9 weeks due to that awful winter, returned to Kirton in April 1947 as aCpl Engine Fitter servicing Harvards with 7SFTS. I wonder if anyone knows what happened to
Joan Little and Joan Lynch who I remember very well?