RAF Waddington [concept]


RAF Waddington [concept]


RAF Waddington was a Bomber Command station located in Lincolnshire, 3 miles (5 kms) south of Lincoln.

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It originally opened in 1916 and subsequently reopened in March 1937. By September 1939 the station was in 5 Group and occupied by 44 Squadron and 50 Squadron, both equipped with Hampdens. In July 1940 50 Squadron moved out and 142 Squadron with Battles arrived, but only for a few weeks. 207 Squadron reformed at RAF Waddington in November 1940 to convert to Manchesters, becoming operational in February 1941. In late 1941 420 Squadron with Hampdens replaced 207 Squadron. 44 Squadron became the first squadron to convert to Lancasters, becoming operational with them in March 1942. 420 Squadron moved out in August 1942, replaced by 9 Squadron converting to Lancasters. Concrete runways were laid during 1943 and the station reopened with 463 Squadron and 467 Squadron both with Lancasters. RAF Waddington is still in use today.


“RAF Waddington [concept],” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 27, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/5727.

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