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Barkston Heath

Also known as: Barkston / Copper Hill Industrial Estate / RAF Barkston Heath / USAAF Station 483
County: Lincolnshire
Current Status: Aviation (main position) / Leisure activity
Date: Opened 1930s
Current Use: Active
Used By: RAF / USAAF
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved, later paved
Aircraft Roles: Airborne forces / Trainer

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):

  • Ancaster Parish Council
  • Barkston and Syston Parish Council
  • Cranwell HIVE
  • Grantham and District Model Aircraft Society (GDMAS)
  • Mid UK Recycling Limited
  • RAF Barkston Heath Research Group
  • Wilsford Parish Council
  • Witham Wheelers

Notable Past Associated Organisations:

  • 82nd Airborne Division
  • The Plough Inn

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 EFTS

  • No 2 CFS

  • No 2 FIS

  • No 3 FTS

  • No 3 (Coastal) OTU

  • No 7 Equipment Disposal Depot

  • 14th TCS
  • 15th TCS
  • 23rd TCS
  • No 25 Sqn

  • 53rd TCS
  • 59th TCS
  • 61st TCG

  • No 85 Sqn

  • No 256 MU

  • 312th TCS
  • 313th TCS
  • 314th TCS
  • 349th TCG

  • Joint EFTS

  • RAF College

  • RAF College FTS

  • RAF College SFTS

Parascending at Barkston Heath, 1968. Courtesy of British Pathé

Flight in a Slingsby Firefly from Barkston Heath, 1997. Courtesy of ThePicturedrome

Parent(s)/HQ Airfields(s):


Bomber Command Base Station(s):


Relief Landing Ground(s):

Church Fenton / Dishforth

Decoy Airfield(s):

Willoughby Walks

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