Title: RAF Ludford Magna Christmas Meal 1944
Author: Unknown
Date: From a September 2017 scan of an original 1944 photo

The station was constructed in 1943 by George Wimpey. It was the highest bomber airfield in the country (428 feet). No. 101 Squadron was the primary occupant during WW2. Its two satellite airfields were RAF Wickenby and RAF Faldingworth.

RAF Ludford Magna was one of the few stations to be equipped with the FIDO pyrotechnic fog landing system. Aircraft from several stations were sometimes diverted here in foggy weather for a safe landing.

During the war, a total of 113 Lancasters failed to return to Ludford Magna, the highest number from any squadron. Some Lancasters carried German-speaking operators to misguide Luftwaffe nightfighters (ABC = Airborne Cigar).

One the reverse of the photo is typed 'RAF Ludford Magna, Christmas Party 1944, Kay, Jim & Bunny'. I wonder who these three are on the photo. The WAAFs?

WW2 Images | Email: 'imagesoflincolnshire.co.uk'