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RAF Strubby

   The most easterly of all Lincolnshire's airfields, Strubby was surplus to Bomber Command requirements when it opened in April 1944. It was used by Coastal Command which operated to Beaufighter squadrons, 144 and 404 (RCAF), from Strubby on anti-shipping strikes. In the autumn of 1944 a reorganisation of airfields took place and Bomber Command took over Strubby. In September 619 Squadron moved in with its Lancasters from Dunholme and began bomber operations. In October, 227 Squadron was formed at Strubby. In 1945 Both squadrons moved out and Strubby was used to prepare units for operations in the Pacific. When Japan surrendered control of Strubby passed to the RAF Flying College at Manby and it was to be used in this role until the station closed in 1972. The development of gas production in the North Sea led to the redevelopment of part of the airfield as a heliport to serve the production platforms.

Today most of the buildings are being used by a farmer and are still in a good condition. Gliders and go-carts now use part of the runway.


8th Mar 1945 619 Squadron Lancaster lost

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Those known to have served at

RAF Strubby

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Flying Officer Haronl Hesketh 619 Squadron (d.8th February 1945)

I am the widow of F/O/Harold Hesketh, he did not come back from his sortie 8.2.1945 flying with 619 squadron. I came to Australia with his son and I stayed here. It is so sad, so many brave boys. I have been in touch with a relative of 2 of his crew. If anyone knew him I would love to hear from you. Wishing who ever reads this all the best. His crew was: * F/O H.T.Hesketh RAAF * Sgt T.H.Fullwood * F/O R.A.Hudson * F/S J.F.E.Moyle RCAF * Sgt A.C.St.Leger * F/S J.L.MacDonald RCAF * F/S M.M.Marsh

Joan Vlietman

F/Lt. Frank Steadman 227 Squadron


P/O. Richard Geytenbeck 227 Squadron

I met the son of an Australian pilot in 227 Sqn with the surname Geytenbeck or Geytenbeek and am trying to find information for him. The man I am searching for only served in the last period of the war (approximately Sep 1944 to July 1945) and flew out of Strubby for 5 operations. I believe his last operation was to Berchtesgarten. He did not die in the war and therefore his name does not appear on 'Honour Rolls'. I have also searched Autralian War Memorial site to no avail. Does anyone have any information?

Richard Chmielewski

Fl/Lt. Robert A. Blincoe RAF Strubby

My grandfather served at RAF Strubby during WWII. He was a navigator in Lancasters.

Tim Blincoe

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