Sandtoft Airfield, Belton


Address : Sandtoft Airfield, Belton Road, Belton, North Lincolnshire DN9 1PN



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Sandtoft Airfield (ICAO: EGCF), also known as Sandtoft Aerodrome, is located in Belton, North Lincolnshire, England on the south side of the M180 motorway, approximately 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Doncaster, and 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi) southwest of Scunthorpe. It is managed and operated by E-Plane Ltd. The Sandtoft Flying Club operate a flying school and cafe at the airfield.

History

Sandtoft opened in February 1944 as a satellite for No 11 Base, RAF Lindholme in 1 Gp, Bomber Command. 1667 HCU and its Halifax bombers moved in from RAF Faldingworth on 20 February and was the only unit based at Sandtoft. 1667 HCU was also flying Lancasters I III from Sandtoft during 1945. lancaster with airfram number JB306, HK734, HK740, ME682 being some of them.

Placed on Care and Maintenance after the war, RAF Sandtoft was inactive when allocated to USAF on 1 April 1953. The station was never occupied by American forces and returned to UK control on 8 September 1955 for disposal. A flying club uses part of the old peritrack as a runway.

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