Latitude 55°25'10"N Longitude 05°40'05"W

   

 

ACQUISITION

Civilian airfield requisitioned by the Admiralty 12.4.1940

 

COMMISSIONED

1.6.1940 as a satellite of RNAS Donibristle 'on books of MERLIN'.

1.4.1941 commissioned as LANDRAIL

15.6.41 Commissioned as LANDRAIL II

PAID OFF

Mid 1945

 

   

C.O./O.I.C.

 
   

FUNCTION

Satellite to R.N. Air Station, Donibristle, later became satellite to R.N. Air Station, Machrihanish.

 

ADDRESS

R.N. Air Station,

Campeltown,
Argyll.

Scotland

 

LOCALITY

The airfield is situated in Kintyre, 8½i miles N.N.E. of the Mull of Kintyre and 2 miles W. of Campbeltown.
R.N.A.S. Machrihanish lies If miles N.W.

 

LANDMARKS

The Mull of Kintyre.
Campbeltown Loch with the town of the same name at its head. Machrihanish Water passes within 200 yds. of the S.E., E. and N. boundaries.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

Main road from the airfield to Campbeltown and to R.N.A.S. Machrihanish. At Campbeltown there is a small harbour and pier with a depth of-12 ft. alongside.
No rail communication. (See Machrihanish.)

 

   

 

   

CONTROL

Watch Office on the S.W. side of the landing area.

Ground signals Not normally displayed.

 

ELEVATION

 38' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS

None.

 

LANDING AREA

Irregular. N.N.W./S.S.E., 770 yds. E.N.E./W.S.W., 850 yds. Grass surface ; the field is liable to bog seriously in wet weather on a line drawn E./W. through the centre.


 

 

TRACKS

 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

Mountainous country to N. and S. with summit (1,462 ft.) 4½ miles S.W.

Circuit

W/T. masts, 90 ft. high, on rising ground at the transmitting station 1¼ miles W.S.W. of the Watch Office.

Approach

None.

 

APPROACH

Not known.

 

WIND INDICATOR

Windsock can be displayed near the Watch Office.

   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

None.

HOMING--RADIO

D/F

None.

Beacons

None.

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

None.

APPROACH - RADIO

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F & H/F

Not known

VH/F

Not known

   

GROUND RADAR

None

 

   

 

   

ACCOMMODATION

Two Nissen huts S. of the Machrihanish-Campbeltown Road.

Station personnel living quarters at R.N.A.S. Machrihanish

 

Capacity:

Officers:

Unknown.

Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:

Unknown.

W.R.N.S. Officers:

None.

W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings;

None.

 

ARMOURIES

Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE

None.

 

DISPERSAL

7 Double pens dispersed around the landing area.

 

HANGARS

Dispersed around the landing area.

 

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

4 (Squadron)

60' x 70'

17' 

55'

 

MEDICAL

Facilities by arrangement with R.N.A.S. Machrihanish.

 

METEOROLOGICAL

Meteorological information is obtained from Machrihanish.

 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation:

}

No storage. Supply by bowsers from R.N.A.S. Machrihanish.

M/T:

}

Oil :

}

 

TEST BASE

Not known.

 

TEST BUTT

Not known.

 

WORKSHOPS

Not known.

 

VISITORS

Not known.

 

EXPLOSIVES

Explosives area along the N.W. boundary.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

 
 

None.

   
   

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

 

766

 

 

772

 

804

 

 

810

 

 

812

 

815

 

816

 

818

 

820

 

825

 

826

 

828

 

829

 

832

 

837

 

 

 

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Additional sources:

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 


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