RAF Wellingore

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RAF Wellingore
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Technical Site for RAF Wellingore. A few buildings remain including a power house, two large Maycrete type workshops and a blast shelter together with around four building bases.
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Wellingore, Lincolnshire
Built 1917 (1917)
In use 1917-1947 (1947)
Elevation AMSL 269 ft / 82 m
Coordinates 53°04′42″N 000°31′30″W / 53.07833°N 0.52500°W / 53.07833; -0.52500Coordinates: 53°04′42″N 000°31′30″W / 53.07833°N 0.52500°W / 53.07833; -0.52500
RAF Wellingore is located in Lincolnshire
RAF Wellingore
RAF Wellingore
Location in Lincolnshire
Direction Length Surface
ft m
00/00 0 0 Grass
00/00 0 0 Grass

Royal Air Force Station Wellingore or more simply RAF Wellingore was a Second World War Royal Air Force fighter station located 1.9 miles (3.1 km) south of Navenby, Lincolnshire and 10 miles (16 km) south of Lincoln, England.


The airfield was originally opened in 1917 as a Royal Naval Air Service station called Wellingore Heath. The airfield reopened in 1935. By the winter of 1939/40, the airfield was fully operational and consisted of two grass runways, a concrete perimeter track and several hangars. It initially operated as a Relief Landing Ground (RLG) for RAF Cranwell before later operating as a satellite station for RAF Digby. Various squadrons equipped with Spitfires, Hurricanes, Blenheims and Beaufighters frew from the station.

The airfield was closed in 1947.


John Gillespie Magee Jr

In December 1941, John Gillespie Magee, Jr., author of the famous aviation poem "High Flight", took off from Wellingore on his final flight, in which he was killed.

Guy Gibson

In November 1940, Guy Gibson, who later led Operation Chastise (better known as the Dambusters Raid), was stationed at Wellingore. Later in November 1940, he flew from here to Cardiff for his wedding. He had his first victories as a nightfighter pilot operating from here. In April 1942, a German intruder aircraft attacked Gibson's aircraft while landing at Wellingore, injuring his navigator.

Post-war use

The station was used as a prisoner of war camp before being handed back to the local land owner. Many of the original buildings, including the control have been demolished. A number of airfield defence concrete bunkers remain dotted around the airfield which has been returned to agricultural use.[1]

See also



  1. ^ a b "Wellingore". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 34.
  3. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 89.
  4. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 90.
  5. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 42.
  6. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 49.
  7. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 63.
  8. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 83.
  9. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 85.
  10. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 88.
  11. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 92.
  12. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 100.


  • Jefford, C.G, MBE,BA ,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
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