RAF Swinderby [entry point]
RAF Swinderby was a Bomber Command station located in Lincolnshire, 8 miles (13 kms) south-west of Lincoln.
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It opened in August 1940 as part of 1 Group when it was home to 300 Squadron and 301 Squadron, two Polish Squadrons. They were initially equipped with Battles but converted to Wellingtons in late 1940. In July 1941 the station was transferred to 5 Group and 50 Squadron and 455 Squadron both moved in with Hampdens. Concrete runways were laid November 1941 – June 1942 following which 50 Squadron returned converting to Manchesters and subsequently to Lancasters. In September 1942 operational flying ceased and RAF Swinderby became a training station with 1660 Heavy Conversion Unit operating Manchesters, Halifaxes, Lancasters and Stirlings. In November 1944 the station transferred to 7 Group.
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