During World War II the many RAF airfields north of Rauceby played a role in the Battle of Britain, in the debilitating of the Axis war machine and RAF and USAAF airfields all around took part in the Allied invasion of Europe. In the 1940s plastic surgery was pioneered at No.4 RAF Hospital, Rauceby. The Burns Unit was situated in Orchard House - one of the last remaining parts of Rauceby Mental Hospital (formerly the Kesteven Lunatic Asylum) to remain in NHS use as offices for Lincolnshire South West PCT following the Mental Health Hospital’s closure in 1998. The whole site, which is now being redeveloped principally by David Wilson Homes for private housing has recently been renamed as Greylees.
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