North Killingholme Airfield - Home to 550 Squadron
A World War Two military airfield, North Killingholme was opened in 1943 and closed in 1945; it was an operational bomber station for 550 Squadron part of RAF Bomber Command Group 1. 550 Squadron was credited with opening the D-Day attack from North Killingholme by dropping the first bombs on the night of June 5th 1944, and for this the F/O Kenyon Bowen-Bravery crew were awarded the Croix de Guerre (CdG) by the French Government.
The airfield was equipped with three concrete runways and aircraft hangars Type T2 and Type B1. The technical and administration sites were located east of the flying field. There was a mess, sick quarters, communal and domestic accommodation sites west of the East Halton Road. East of the flying field was a bomb store.
In 1990 a number of the airfield buildings were still extant. At that time the airfield was used for industry and for poultry sheds, and indeed this remains the case to this day.
North Killingholme - Photographs
Photographs from in and around the village.
Photographs kindly made available by Richard E Flagg (Copyright 1990 - 2011). See http://www.ukairfields.org.uk/.
St Denys' Church
|St Denys' Church, North Killingholme
A one page summary of the history of the church and brief description of the interior
North Killingholme Village
Information about North Killingholme airfield, the surrounding area, and the connection with 550 Squadron is available in the illustrated booklet shown below.
An illustrated booklet (by Mike Leeman) detailing the connection between 550 Squadron and North Killingholme, including:
- views and descriptions of the airfield today
- the village today, including St Denys' Church and the 550 Squadon memorial
- and going beyond the village to other locations in the area associated with 550 Squadron when it was based there.
The documents are in PDF format.
|Booklet Cover||1 page|
|North Killingholme Today||6 pages|
|Sites Around The Village||3 pages|
|Beyond The Airfield||1 page|
|550 Squadron Memorial Window Description||1 page|
North Killingholme Airfield Today
Lancaster on North Killingholme Airfield - January 201704/02/2017
Thanks to George Turner for providing these photos taken on 31 January 2017, when he was out around the old airfield.
"... I was driving along the road in this morning when I met a lorry with an unusual load on it. On the trailer was the nose and cockpit of a Lancaster, being transported to the old North Killingholme Airfield. It has been lovingly built by Martin Willoughby, using genuine parts sourced from countries all over the world. He intends to display it at lots of events during 2017 including the Scampton air show and at Buckingham Palace. I have enclosed photos that I took at lunch time."