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Kelstern I

Also known as: Kelstern Landing Ground / Louth / RAF Kelstern / RFC Kelstern
County: Lincolnshire
Current Status: Farmland
Date: October 1916 - 1919 (notification of relinquishment 13 March)
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RFC
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Fighter

Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b and d variants fighters had the first Kelstern airfield available to them as a Home Defence landing ground during World War One. Avro 504Ks subsequently succeeded them in the summer of 1918 and remained in service after the end of fighting. The original airfield to bear this name lay to the south-west of the later World War Two heavy bomber station.


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

  • Calcethorpe with Kelstern Parish Meeting

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 33 Sqn


Plan of Kelstern I. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

Parent(s)/HQ Airfield(s):

Kirton Lindsey

Home Defence Flight Station(s):

ElshamKirton Lindsey / Scampton (Brattleby)

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