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Name:RAF Swinderby airfield
HER Number:62454
Type of record:Monument


RAF Swinderby airfield

Grid Reference:SK 884 617
Map Sheet:SK86SE

Full description

RAF Swinderby was opened in July 1940. It was used as bomber airfield, and Wellingtons and Lancasters flew from here during and after the war. It was used as a School of Recruit Training from 1964, and was closed as an RAF base in the 1990s. The airfield structures are still visible on aerial photographs. {1}{2}{3}
A site visit identified a number of standing buildings and structures associated with the military operations of the airfield. These include a modern control tower at SK 88546198, a water tank at SK 88526183 and a look-out mound and gun emplacement at SK 88757 61377. {4}
RAF Swinderby's Fuzing Point Shed is located at SK 89641 62658 (62454a). It was part of a Type C bomb store. {5}

<1> T.N. Hancock, 1978, Bomber County, page 127 etc (Bibliographic Reference). SLI1060.

<2> Otter, P, 1996, Lincolnshire Airfields in the Second World War, pp.233-238 (Bibliographic Reference). SLI7228.

<3> Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1992-1996, National Mapping Programme, LI.702.3.1-2, 1995 (Map). SLI3613.

<4> Cotswold Archaeology, 2005, Swinderby Airfield Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment, - (Report). SLI11704.

<5> Ablewhite, D.; Morris, A. and Morris, C., 2011, R.A.F. Swinderby Fuzing Point Shed (Unpublished Document). SLI13400.

Monument Types

  • AIRFIELD (Modern - 1940 AD to 1999 AD?)
  • MILITARY AIRFIELD (Modern - 1940 AD to 1999 AD?)

Associated Events

  • Geophysical Survey at Swinderby Airfield, Swinderby
  • Site visit to Swinderby Airfield

Sources and further reading

<1>Bibliographic Reference: T.N. Hancock. 1978. Bomber County. page 127 etc.
<2>Bibliographic Reference: Otter, P. 1996. Lincolnshire Airfields in the Second World War. pp.233-238.
<3>Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. LI.702.3.1-2, 1995.
<4>Report: Cotswold Archaeology. 2005. Swinderby Airfield Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment. -.
<5>Unpublished Document: Ablewhite, D.; Morris, A. and Morris, C.. 2011. R.A.F. Swinderby Fuzing Point Shed.