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During WW1 FE2b aircraft of 33 Sqn operated in this area from December 1916 to June 1919. RAF Elsham Wolds became a Heavy Bomber Station of No 1 Group home to Wellington I, Halifax II and Lancaster III of 103 Sqn. The most successful Lancaster of all time flew from this station - ED888 M2 with 140 ops. (including 98 to Germany with 15 of these over Berlin). This aircraft was scrapped after the war. Between May 1942 and October 1943 Elsham Wolds was home to 103 Conversion Flight with Halifax II. The station acted as Releif Landing Ground for 1662 Heavy Conversion Unit from Blyton between January 1943 and April 1945

576 Sqn formed here in November 1943 with Lancaster I and III, they moved to Fiskerton in October 1944. April 1945 to December 1945 saw 100 Sqn using the station, their last op too place on 25th April 1945 to Berchtesgarden. After the Bomber Sqns left 21 HGCU of Transport Command were here from December 1945 to November 1946 with Halifax, Albermarle and Horsa gliders.

Today the site is used for agriculture and industry.



Squadrons stationed at RAF Elsham Wolds

  • No: 100 Squadron from April 1945 to December 1945
  • No: 103 Squadron
  • 103 Conversion Flight from May 1942 to October 1943
  • No: 576 Squadron from November 1943 to October 1944


My brother, Flying Officer Edward (Eddie) Saslove J-27612 pilot of Lancaster Bombers with 576 Squadron RAF, at Elsham Wolds. KIA January 7, 1945. He was RCAF. Shot down over Munich. Does anybody from the squadron remember him? He has no known grave. He was at the station for a little over two months.



My late father Denis Charles Bint bomb aimer flew out of Elsham Wolds with P/O Jimmy Griffths and crew onboard Ed888 UL-M2 M for mother for 30 operations with 576sqd.

On April 30 th 1944 Lm527 UL_U2 was their aircraft, target Maintenon France when the mission was aborted due to undercarriage damage during take off. With a full bomb load the Lanc, circled to allow the mission to proceed. The bomb doors failed to upon to jettison its load and a decision was made to set a course using George to send the aircraft over enemy territory and crash land. The crew baled out safely over Lincolnshire.

  • Pilot P/O GRIFFTHS J S
  • Engr SGT HAWKSWOOD J D
  • Nav SGT ATHERTON T
  • B/Aimer BINT D C 610601
  • W/Op McARTHY W J
  • AG SGT LANGMEAD M
  • AG SGT JAGO T

Graham Bint



My grandfather was stationed at Elsham Wolds with 103 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force. My understanding is that this was one of the 'mixed' Commonwealth squadrons during WWII. His name was Robert Alonzo Lyons, and went by the name "Lonnie". His nickname while in the Sqdrn. was 'Lucky'. The story I heard is that he was the sole survivor of his crew after he tangled his oxygen hose and left the plane due to the bends.

Several years ago I wrote to some persons in UK based on contacts made by my grandfather before his death. I have these letters still. It was suggested some ten years ago I issue an appeal to survivors of the squadron or of the operations airbase at Elsham Wolds. I did not follow up on the suggestion. I do so now knowing the hour is late. If anyone has any information, please contact me. I would greatly appreciate it and will share any information I may have on hand.

David Gorham



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List of those who served here.

  • Sgt T Atherton. nav. 576sqd.
  • Denis Charles Bint. bomb aimer. 576sqd. Read his story
  • Flt Sgt Peter James Daly
  • Read his story
  • Ernie Davies.103 Sqn.
  • P/O Jimmy S Griffiths. pilot. 576sqd.
  • Sgt J D Hawkswood. eng. 576sqd.
  • Sgt T Jago. air gnr. 576sqd.
  • Sgt M Langmead. air gnr. 576sqd.
  • Robert Alonzo "Lonnie" or "Lucky" Lyons. RCAF. 103 Squadron. Read his story
  • W J Mcarthy. w/op. 576sqd.
  • Flying Officer Edward Saslove. pilot. 576 Squadron RAF(d. 7th Jan 1945)Read his story

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