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Unit History: RAF Coningsby

RAF Coningsby
RAF Coningsby was opened in 1940 as a bomber base. No. 106 Squadron arrived in February 1941 and No. 97 Squadron arrived in March 1941. Hard runways was laid in early 1943 in preparations for heavy bombers being stationed, part of 5 Group. No. 617 Squadron were at the base from August 1943-January 1944. Their officers' mess was the Petwood Hotel at Woodhall Spa. 61 Squadron were stationed with Lancasters from February–April 1944. On 12 November, Lancaster aircraft from the base equipped with the Tallboy bomb sank the Tirpitz in Operation Catechism. 175 aircraft were lost during the war.

Memories of RAF Coningsby

(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)

RAF CONINGSBY '52-54 in 2002

Written by ERIC PHILLIPS

MY FATHER, ERIC PHILLIPS SERVED HERE DURING HIS NATIONAL SERVICE BETWEEN 1952-'54.
AS IT'S COMING UP TO HIS 70TH BIRTHDAY SOON, I HOPED THAT THERE MAY BE SOMEONE WHO MAY REMEMBER HIM AND WHO COULD SEND US SOME RECOLLECTIONS / STORIES THEY SHARED WHICH WOULD BE SUCH A SUPRISE FOR DAD, AND HOPEFULLY, NOT TOO MUCH OF A SURPRISE FOR MUM!!
PLEASE DROP ME A LINE ON FORESTDEBS@AOL.COM AND THANK YOU.
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