Latitude 55°02'35"N Longitude 07°09'34"W

   
ACQUISITION Transferred on loan from R.A.F. 1.5.1943

 

COMMISSIONED 15.5.1943

 

CLOSED  

 

PAID OFF 31.6.59 to C & M. Airfield maintained but curtailed.
   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
PARENT STATION TO: RNAS Maydown 15.5.1943 to 1.1.1944, again from 31.9.1945

 

FUNCTION Accommodation for disembarked Front-line squadrons.

Squadron Forming Unit.

No.2  Seafire Servicing Unit.

No. 3 Naval Fighter School.

Joint Anti-Submarine School.

Sono-bouy Training

Nucleus of Air Radar School.

All weather airfield.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station Eglinton,

Londonderry,

Northern Ireland.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies on the S. shore of Lough Foyle, between the coastal railway and road, 2½ miles E. of the mouth of the River Foyle, and 1 mile NE. of the village of Eglinton. Londonderry lies 6½ miles WSW.

 

LANDMARKS Lough Foyle and the River Foyle, with Londonderry on its W. bank. The coastal railway and road, skirting the airfield's N. and S. boundaries respectively.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Main road communication with Londonderry, distant 8 miles (R). Access. by secondary road to Eglinton station, 2 miles (R) WNW. on the Londonderry-Belfast line.
Extensive port facilities at Londonderry with depth up to 24' alongside the quays and cranes with capacities up to 35 tons.
   
   
CONTROL Control Building on the S. side of the landing area, inside the perimeter track.
Keeps watch o800—sunset or 1800, whichever is the earlier, Mondays to Fridays ; o800— 200 on Saturdays ; as required for night flying ; as ordered by Flag Officer (Air) for essential commitments.

 

ELEVATION  20' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Three, tarmac.

                                                                Extensibility
03/21 QDM. 030°/218° .... 1100 X 50  yds.   Nil

09/27 QDM. 088°/268° .... 1600 X 50  yds.    Nil

15/33 QDM. 153°/333° .... 1083 X 50  yds.    Nil

 

TRACKS 50' perimeter track.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Mountain, 1298', 4 miles SE.
Considerable mountain ranges lie to the NW., but beyond a 5 miles radius from the airfield.
Circuit Land rising to 600' distant noo yds. SSE.
Approach Land rises steadily to 25o' at a distance of 170o yds. from the 33 end of runway 15/33.

 

APPROACH Recommended sector, mean QDM. :.

 

WIND INDICATOR Windsock 15o yds. NW. of Control building.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F M/F, H/F and VH/F.
Beacons YG, AN/CPN6 and 251MS.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night Airfield lighting, Mark II.

 

APPROACH - RADIO None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F 17 transmitters, 7 receivers.
VH/F 9 transmitters, 1o receivers.

 

CALL SIGNS R/T EGLINTON
W/T MAQ
Identity letters JR (later GN)
   
GROUND RADAR Aircraft direction using low cover Radar set with Interrogator.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION

In dispersed camps lying from half to z mile (R) SSW. of the airfield.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 211
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 1,415
W.R.N.S. Officers: 21
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 234

Married accommodation at Maydown.

 

ARMOURIES 4-6 squadron scale.

 

COMPASS BASE Two. One on W. side, the other on E. side of airfield, diameter 6o' and 7o' respectively.

 

DISPERSAL 10 A/c standings and 12 pens dispersed around the perimeter track. Two aprons, 340' x 120' and 600' x 8o', off the perimeter track close E. and W. of the Control building respectively.

 

HANGARS Dispersed around the perimeter track.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
2 Type T.1 175' x 90' 25' 90'
1o Fromson 70'x 92' 17' 55'
12 Blister 65' x 45' 19' 10" 54'
       
MEDICAL Station sick quarters situated by the cross roads at St. Canices Church, Eglinton, distant z miles (R) SW.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Office in the Control building. Limited service by Naval personnel.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: 72,00o gallons (main installation).
M/T: 5,00o gallons.
Oil : 7,00o gallons.
   
TEST BASE A.C Radar base available.

 

TEST BUTT M.G. test butt available, 25 yd. range on N. side of airfield.

 

WORKSHOPS Workshops to 4-6 squadron scale.

 

VISITORS No information.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  

Air to air

Two.
R. p. range One.
   
   
Information taken from B.R.1807 Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Dec. 48


 

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

 
700W

 

 
706

 

 
718

 

 
719

 

 
725

 

 
737

 

 
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744

 

 
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