Unit History: RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey

RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
County: Lincolnshire
Location: 15 miles N of Lincoln
1916-1919 : B Flight, 33 Sqn Royal Flying Corps, a            Home Defence Sqn with Bristol Fighters             and Avro 504s. Site then returned to agriculture.
1940-1943 : Opened as a Fighter Station covering             the NE of England, many Defiant and  Spitfire Sqns rested here for a short time during the Battle of Britain.
1940-1941 : 71 Sqn with Hurricanes, this was one             of three all-American pilot Eagle Sqns (71, 121 and 133).
1942      : All three Sqns were transferred to the              USAAF as the 4th Fighter Group at Debden and renumbered as 334, 335 and 336 Fighter Sqns.            94th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, 8th USAAF with P-38 Lightnings. 91st FS, 81st FG, USAAF with P-39 Airacobras.
1943-1945 : Station transferred for use as a             Fighter Operational Training Unit with             Spitfires of 53 OTU from Llandow, Caistor and Hibaldstow used as satellite airfields.
1946-1948 : No.7 Service Flying Training School             with Oxfords from Sutton Bridge, moved             to Cottesmore.
1948-1952 : Used by non-flying RAF Training             Schools.
1952-1957 : No.2 ITS (later renamed No.1 ITS) with              Tiger Moths.
1957-1960 : Airfield closed and on Care and             Maintenance.
1960-1965 : Reopened with 7 School of Technical Training and a Gliding School.
1966-2004 : Transferred to the Royal Artillery and renamed Rapier Barracks.
2005-present : No.1 Air Control Centre (1ACC), the              RAF’s only deployable ground-based early warning and air control radar unit, parented by RAF Scampton.

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