Latitude 31°08'0"N Longitude 29°48'0"E

   
ACQUISITION Airfield on loaned from Egyptian Air Force.

 

OPENED  
COMMISSIONED 16 September 1940 as 'Grebe'

 

PAID OFF 31 January 1946 to Care & Maintenance on books of 'Nile'

 

CLOSED  
   
FUNCTION Fleet Requirements Unit.

Accommodation for disembarked units.

Night flying training.

Torpedo facilities.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,

Dekhelia,

Egypt..

 

LOCALITY The airfield, 3 miles SW. of the outskirts of Alexandria, is situated at El Dekhelia on a narrow strip of land between lake Maryut and the sea.

The coastal road and railway from Alexandria form the SE. boundary.

 

LANDMARKS The town and two harbours of Alexandria.

El Agami I. and adjacent promontory, 11/2 miles W. and Lake Maryut to the S. and S.E.

A railway embankment , running N/S., crosses Lake Maryut 2 miles E. of the airfield.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Access by road and rail to Alexandria, where there are extensive port facilities.

The distance to El Gabbari station, Alexandria, is 6 miles (R).

 

   
CONTROL Control Building on W. of landing area, inside the perimeter track.

 

ELEVATION 20' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS /LANDING AREA Four, tarmac, all-weather. Off the runways, sand and grass, unserviceable at all times.


04/22 QDM. 036°/216° ....  980 X 75  yds.

07/25 QDM. 070°/250° .... 1050 X 75  yds.

13/31 QDM. 127°/307° .... 1030 X 75  yds.

17/35 QDM. 175°/355° .... 1100 X 80  yds.

 

Note: Runway 07/25 extends another 150 yds. at its "25" end, in the form of an apron.

 

TRACKS A 50' perimeter track connects the western ends of the runways. There is no perimeter track on the E. side, but road intersecting tracks connect the runways with each other.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation: None.
Circuit: None.
Approach: E. Old Control Tower in direct line and Minaret, 104' distant 550 yds. from "25" end of runway 07/25; also large hangar alongside port "25" of runway 07/25. "White Horn" mark, 79' distant 1000 yds. from "31" end of runway 13/31.

 NE. 80' masts 400 yds. from "31" end of runway 13/31.

 SE. Railway embankment, 24', distant 200 yds. from "31" end of runway 13/31.

 

APPROACH Recommended sector of approach, means QDM 150°

 

WIND INDICATOR Windsock, on N. of landing area.
   
   
HOMING-VISUAL By day:

By night:

None

None

     
HOMING--RADIO D/F: Beacon:

 

None

None

     
APPROACH-VISUAL By day:   None
  By night: Flare-path, Chance light. (Flare-path is of Glim lamps, prior notice necessary if required)
   
APPROACH-RADIO None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT W/T and R/T:

VH/F:

1 transmitter, 1 receiver.

1 transmitter, 1 receiver.

   
GROUND RADAR None.

 

   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters  on NW.  corner of the airfield, adjacent W. of workshop area.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 140
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 250
W.R.N.S. Officers: 2
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 22

 With tents 200 Officers and 1500 ratings.

 

ARMOURIES To accommodate four squadrons.

 

COMPASS BASE One, diameter 70'

 

DISPERSAL 12 double and 8 single A/C pens dispersed around the landing area.

A large dispersal apron (480 x 50 yds.), on the W. side of the airfield, connects to the perimeter track and runways.

 

HANGARS On the N. side of the airfield.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
1 (type n/k) 220' x 110' 30'   90'
1 (type n/k) 200' x 170' 30'  162'
1 (type n/k) 100' x 90'  24'  90'
1 (type n/k) 126' x 95'  24' 95'
 
MEDICAL Sick Bay on NW. corner of airfield.

R.N. Hospital at Alexandria.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Air Ministry provide facilities.

The weather is generally good.

Prevalent winds :  NW. strong S. winds prevail from January to April, and sandstorms are liable to occur at this time, with gales reaching force 8-11.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: six 1,500 gallon storage tanks;  all grades,. Four bowsers.
M/T: 1000 gallon tank.
Oil : No bulk storage (500 gallons held in 40 gallon drums)
 
TEST BASE None

 

TEST BUTT Two (one temporary type) and 25 yd. range available.

 

WORKSHOPS Fairly extensive worship facilities.

Facilities exist for 4 squadrons up to and including major repairs.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  

 

Air-to-Air:

A, B, C, D, lines.

Air-to-Ground:

Live and practice range at Giamaolis.
   
   
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

 
700

Med

 
701

 

 
728

 

 
775

 

 
800  
802  
803  
805  
806  
807  
809  
810  
812  
813  
815  
819  
820  
821  
823  
824  
825  
826  
827  
829  
837  
838  
879  
881  
882  
885  
888  
889  
893  
899  
1831  
1841  
1842  
1846  

 

 

 

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Click here for a list of Primary sources


Additional sources:

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

2047/40 Transfer on loan to Admiralty

1397/45 & 2369/45 Reduction to Care and Maintenance & Paying off

 

 

 

 

 

 


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© 2013 Tony Drury www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk


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Chris (London, UK) says...
Can anyone explain why No.255 Squadron moved into Gianaclis, in the middle of nowhere, rather than taking over this facility in January 1946 when they quit Hal Far?
8th April 2015 4:14pm
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