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Burton-on-the-Wolds

Major
Also known as: Burton-on-the-Wolds Landing Ground / RAF Burton-on-the-Wolds / RFC Burton-on-the-Wolds / Loughborough
County: Leicestershire
Current Status: Aviation / Farmland
Date: October 1916 - 1919 (notification of relinquishment 13 March); subsequent minor use
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RFC / Civil
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter

Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b fighters of No 38 Squadron had Burton-on-the-Wolds available to them as a Home Defence landing ground during World War One until the unit moved to France in May 1918. A nucleus left behind enabled No 90 Squadron to form the following August, and its Avro 504K fighters remained in service after the end of fighting. Burton-on-the-Wolds was notified for relinquishment in March 1919 but flying has survived in the shape of a private civil airstrip that exists on the east side of the original landing ground.

 

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2013):

  • Burton on the Wolds, Cotes and Prestwold Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 38 Sqn
  • No 90 Sqn

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Plan of Burton-on-the-Wolds. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

Parent(s)/HQ Airfields(s):

Buckminster

Home Defence Flight Station(s):

Buckminster / Leadenham / Wittering (Stamford)

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