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The Sqn Logo is used and produced under licence from the MOD
RAF Lissett is a former Royal Air Force station located 6.1 miles south west of Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
The Airfield during the 40's and how it looks today, you can still see where the main runways were.
Originally required as satellite airfield for RAF Catfoss the land was requisitioned in 1940. Although constrained by three roads and the Gransmoor Drain the builders constructed a standard three-runway bomber airfield. It had two hangars and 36 dispersals and three concrete runways.
Lissett opened in February 1943 and No. 158 Squadron RAF arrived from RAF Rufforth to be the resident squadron on 28 February. 158 Sqn was a heavy bomber squadron equipped with the four-engined Handley Page Halifax.
The squadron flew the first operational mission on the night of 11/12 March 1943 when ten aircraft were flown to Stuttgart, one failed to return. The squadron carried out operations up to the end of the war from Lissett.
At the end of war in May 1945 the squadron was transferred to Transport Command as it prepared to undertook a transport role and the squadron was re-equipped with the Short Stirling before it departed to RAF Stradishall in August 1945.
Apart from a few weeks in early 1944 when 1484 Flight were in residence the station unusually was a one unit station. After the departure of 158 Squadron the station was relegated to a care and maintenance status but by the end of the year the airfield was abandoned and the technical areas used for storage.
There is now a great memorial on the side road just outside Lissett
The 12 Wind Turbines named after the Bombers which are:
4. Lili Marlene
5. Maori Cheif
6. Goofy's Gift
7. The Menace
8. Friday the13th
9. Xpress Delivery
10. Get up Dem Stairs
11. Minnie the Moocher
12. Named after the ground crew which lost there lives when a bomb exploded unexpectedly 2 July 1943
Below: Friday 13th from RAF Lissett
Below:The Yorkshire Air Museum has a replica of Friday the 13th which was built from spare parts