Latitude 12°15'16"S Longitude 49°15'09"E

   

ACQUISITION

Captured Vichy French airfield..
 

OPENED/FIRST USED

Not known.
 

COMMISSIONED

24 May 1942 'on books of IRONCLAD'.
 

PAID OFF

16 September 1943 transferred to RAF control.
 

   

O.I.C.

 Lt. Commander (A) (P) T.R. Koeller RNVR 24.3.43

   

FUNCTION

 Support of one disembarked squadron.
 

ADDRESS

 R.N. Air Section

R.A.F. Station Andrakaka

Diego Suarez

Madagascar
 

LOCALITY

 The airfield lies in the SE corner of the Andrakaka Peninsula on the Island of Madagascar.
 

LANDMARKS

Not known.
 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

Not known.

   
   

CONTROL

Not known.
 

ELEVATION

 200' above M.S.L.
 

RUNWAYS

One.

31/13 QDM. ---° ----° .... 2,700 x 50 yds. ?
 

TRACKS

Not known.

   

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

None.

Circuit

Not known.

Approach

None.

 

APPROACH

No special approach recommended.
 

WIND INDICATOR

Not known.

   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

None.

 

HOMING--RADIO

D/F

Not Known.

Beacons

Not Known.
 

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

Not Known.
 

APPROACH - RADIO

Not Known.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F & H/F

 transmitters,  receivers.

VH/F

  transmitters,   receivers.

 

GROUND RADAR

Not Known.

   
   

ACCOMMODATION

Capacity:

Officers:

Not known.

Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:

Not known.

W.R.N.S. Officers:

None.

W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings;

None.

 

ARMOURIES

Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE

Not known.

 

DISPERSAL

Not known.

 

HANGARS

Not known.

 

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

Not known.

     
       
       
       
 

MEDICAL

Not known.

 

METEOROLOGICAL

Not known.

 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation:

Not known.

M/T:

Not known.

Oil :

Not known.

TEST BASE

 

TEST BUTT

Not known.

 

WORKSHOPS

Not known.

 

VISITORS

Not known.

 

EXPLOSIVES

Not known.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGESl

Not known.

Air to air

 

Air to ground and R. p. Firing

 

Live and practice bombing

 

Practice bombing

 

Assault training

 
   
   

Information taken from CB 4368 B. Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Aug. 45



 

List of first and second line squadrons, station flight and other flying units based at this location

 
 

 

No recorded squadron use.


 

Captured Vichy French airfield that was to be developed for the Admiralty as a Naval Air Station but was transferred to the Royal Air Force on completion. No record of any use by Fleet Air Arm squadrons.

While under construction the station was borne on the books of H.M.S. IRONCLAD, the local Naval Base in Diego Suarez.  It is believed the Admiralty retained lodger facilities from the R.A.F. but the option was never taken up.

 

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