RAF Bawtry (Bawtry Hall), Yorkshire
Bawtry Hall, originally built by a wealthy wool merchant in 1875, was requisitioned by the RAF in World War 2 (1941) and it served as the Headquarters of 1 Group, Bomber Command. After 1945, Bawtry Hall it continued in this role, including with the creation of RAF Strike Command (1968), until closure in 1986. The other post-war use included a centre for the RAF's Meteorological service.
Although Bawtry had no landing strip of its own, nearby RAF Bircotes was used by the Group's communications and other aircraft.
Notable operations included co-ordinating the Black Buck operations by RAF Vulcans from nearby RAF Finningley on the Argentine-held Port Stanley Airport during the Falklands Crisis of 1982.
A small memorial plaque was dedicated in 1999 on the outside wall of one of the wartime annexes.
Bawtry Hall iself is now a private residential and conference centre but the location is still the home of 2008 Sqn Air Training Corps, whose cadets have their own meeting venue on-site.
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Bawtry Hall (memorial)
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