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Royal Air Force Station Sturgate or more simply RAF Sturgate is a former Royal Air Force station located 10 miles (16 km) north of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England.

RAF Sturgate

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Airport typeMilitary
OwnerAir Ministry
OperatorRoyal Air Force
United States Air Force
LocationNear Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Built1944 (1944)
In use1944-1946
1953-1964 (1964)
Elevation AMSL52 ft / 16 m
Coordinates53°22′50″N 000°42′01″W / 53.38056°N 0.70028°W / 53.38056; -0.70028Coordinates: 53°22′50″N 000°42′01″W / 53.38056°N 0.70028°W / 53.38056; -0.70028
RAF Sturgate is located in Lincolnshire
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Royal Air Force useEdit

The airfield was opened in 1944 at Royal Air Force Station Sturgate.[1] Originally used for blind flying training two operational Lancaster squadrons arrived in June 1945 but both then moved to RAF Waddington in January 1946. The station closed to flying between 1946 and 1953.

RAF units and aircraftEdit

Unit Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
No. 50 Squadron RAF 1945-1946 Avro Lancaster I & III Four-engined heavy bomber.[2]
No. 61 Squadron RAF 1945-1946 Avro Lancaster II Four-engined heavy bomber.[3]

United States Air Force useEdit

In 1953 the station was allocated for use by the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command and the 508th Strategic Fighter Wing operating the Republic F-84 Thunderjet. It was also used to house SAC bombers on temporary duty (TDY) from the United States. From 1959, it was used for logistical support facilities for 99th Munitions Maintenance Squadron (USAF) located at the Thor missile unit at nearby RAF Hemswell. The airfield was closed in 1964.

Current useEdit

A corner of the original airfield is now used as an unlicensed aerodrome for civil use as Sturgate Airfield.




  • 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.