The Surface-to-Air Missiles in Lincolnshire
A brief overview and look at the history of the SAM programme - Bloodhound Missiles in Lincolnshire . . .
We’ve done a great deal on the World War II Anti-Aircraft sites here in Bomber County and now it’s time to look at the Cold War period.
The AA system was meant to protect the country from aerial attack and was under army command. As this became outdated the responsibility for Air Defence in the UK passed to the Royal Air Force.
The RAF set about overhauling the whole system.
A whole new network was put together of Surface-to-Air missile sites.
Known as SAM sites they stretched across the country and were equipped with the Bloodhound Missile.
This whole system and network had to have a test site, that test site was at North Coates here in Lincolnshire - a village which has a long history of military service.
There were also sites at Dunholme lodge and Woodhall Spa and these sites had 2 or 3 firing units.
Targets were identified by long range radar and tracked until they came within the SAM sites own radar the Yellow River, about 55 miles effective.
One or two missiles would have then been launched and a computer guidance system plotted the point of interception.
The sites had a series of buildings for support and staff although I believe that general accommodation was off-site.
These Bloodhound I sites were in operation from 19598 to 1964.
Then came the Bloodhound II system which remained in operation up until 1991 when it was stood down.
We’ve been very lucky in the past when dealing with the Military History of Lincolnshire to have some great input from people who actually served at various sites and also some very knowledgeable comments - I hope we can do much the same here and get into greater detail in comment form.
If you know anything about the SAM Missile sites in Lincolnshire then please do leave a comment.
All the best