Gosberton Landing Ground History

RFC Gosberton Landing Ground
(Map edited to show runways)
RFC/RAF Roundal
Airfield Code:N/AGoogle Earth Co-ordinates:
52°50'35.35"N  0°15'57.41"W
1 x 600 yards & 1 x 400 yards
Station History

Gosberton was a class 2 Landing Ground which was unlit, situated 7.5km WSW of Gosberton Church. The LG was established on Gosberton Fen, and to be used by No.38 (Home Defence) Squadron during their operations over South Lincolnshire. No.38 Sqn moved in to the LG in October 1916 bringing with them the Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2 and FE.2. The Sqn stayed until May 1918. In August of the same year, the LG was transferred to No.90 (Home Defence) Squadron based at Buckminster, bringing with them the Avro 504. Gosberton stayed in their hands until June 1919, when the LG was closed.

The LG contained two grass landing strips, one of 640 yards and the other 400 yards, and covered an area of 55 acres. After its closure the land was returned to farm land which it is still used for today. The only sign of anything ever being there are several bomb craters which can still be seen when the site is freshly ploughed.

Aircraft and Squadrons
October 1916Landing Ground opened.
October 1916No.38 Sqn (Detachment)No.38 Sqn left the Landing Ground in May 1918.
August 1918No.90 Sqn (Detachment)No.90 Sqn left the Landing Ground in June 1919.
June 1919Landing Ground closed.