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RAF Digby is a station of the Royal Air Force near Digby, Lincolnshiremarker, Englandmarker serving as the headquarters of the Joint Service Signals Organisation, and is the oldest station in the RAF. The site also serves as home to a number of communications and signals related organisatons.

Commanded by a Group Captain RAF Digby contains personnel from all three of the British Armed Forces and allied forces.Although nominally an RAF station, over the last thirty years it has been used by the British Army, Navy, Air Force and more recently, by United States military personnel.

History

Sector Operations Room museum


The station was the first ever Royal Air Force airfield as it was opened as RAF Scopwick on 28 March 1918, several weeks before the official founding of the RAF. From that point until 1942 it served as a flying training base for the RAF, becoming a Royal Canadian Air Force base operating the Mosquito until 1945 when it reverted to RAF ownership as a training base. Flying training continued until 1955 when the site was re-roled to support the signals and communications activities of 399 Signal Unit.

During the Second World War RAF Digby served as a Sector Operations Headquarters, the facility now being open to the public as a museum.

Current

RAF Digby contains four operational units:

  • HQ Joint Service Signals Organisation (HQ JSSO)
JSSO provides direct support to strategic decision making and operations and is made up of personnel from all three services.
  • Joint Service Signal Unit (Digby)
JSSU(D) is on of several Joint Service Signal Units and provides specialist communications information systems to the British Armed Forces.
  • 591 Signals Unit
591SU is a Communications and Electronic Security monitoring organisation providing services across defence.
  • The Aerial Erector School
The AES is an element of the communications school at RAF Cosfordmarker and provides training to personnel of the Armed Forces and civilians.


More recently, the station has hosted a new annual event open to the public. Party In The Park -established by the RAF itself in 2004 - is now a regular fixture in late July or early August.

See also



References

  • Bruce Barrymore Halpenny Action Stations: Wartime Military Airfields of Lincolnshire and the East Midlands v. 2 (ISBN 978-0850594843)
  • John P. Rennison. Digby Diary: A History of RAF Digby in Lincolnshire, 1917 - 1953. (2003)


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