Latitude57°45'26"N Longitude 03°56'52"W

   

ACQUISITION

Transferred from RAF 15.07.1942

 

COMMISSIONED

01.08.1942 on 'Books of 'Merlin'

11.10.1942 as 'OWL'

 

CLOSED

 

 

PAID OFF

02.07.1946 to C & M status On books of 'Fulmar' at 6 months notice to reopen.

 

C.O./O.I.C.

 
   

FUNCTION

Barracuda Operational Training UnitNo. 2 Torpedo School

No. 1 Avenger Servicing Unit,

No. 1 Barracuda Servicing Unit.

No. 3 Barracuda Servicing Unit.

Accommodation for disembarked squadrons.

 

 

ADDRESS

R.N. Air Station

Fearn,

Ross-Shire,

 Scotland.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield, situated 1 mile SSE. of the village of Fearn, lies 1 mile from the NW. shore of the Moray Firth and 4 miles NNE. of North Sutor, the N. entrance point to Cromarty Firth.
Invergordon lies 8½ miles SW. Inverness lies 19 miles SSW.

 

LANDMARKS

Tarbat Ness, 8 miles NE., dividing Dornoch Firth to the NW. from Moray Firth to the SE.
Cromarty Firth stretches W. and then. SW. from North Sutor.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

A main road, skirting the NE. boundary of the airfield runs SW. to Invergordon 14 miles (R), and Dingwall, 27 miles (R), and SE. to Balintore, on the coast, 1 mile (R).
Fearn railway station, on the Invergordon lines, lies 3 miles (R) WNW. of the airfield.

   

 

   

CONTROL

Control Building inside the perimeter track on the NE. side of the landing area

 

ELEVATION

 25' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS

Three, tarmac.

                                                                 Extensibility
00/18 QDM. 356°/176° .... 1,180 X 50  yds.   1400

05/23 QDM. 052°/232° .... 1,475 X 50  yds.    3000

11/39 QDM. 115°/295° .... 1,260 X 50  yds.     3000

 

TRACKS

40' perimeter track.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

Hill of Nigg, summit 666', distant 2¼miles SSW.

Circuit

Northern slopes of Hill of Nigg, about x mile S.

Approach

None.

 

APPROACH

Use of Runway 00/18 is subject to the following limitations :-
(a) Approach on circuit over I Iill of Nigg to be made at not less than 1000'.
(b) Height should only be lost when in direct line of runway extended.
(c) Height over funnel should be not less than 500'.

 

WIND INDICATOR

 
   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

None.

 

HOMING--RADIO

D/F

 

Beacons

 

 

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

 

 

APPROACH - RADIO

 

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F & H/F

 transmitters,  receivers.

VH/F

  transmitters,   receivers.

CALL SIGNS

R/T

 

W/T

 

Identity letters

 
   

GROUND RADAR

 

   

 

   

ACCOMMODATION

Officers and ratings, living quarters in dispersed sites beyond the NE. boundary.

 

Capacity:

Officers:

147

Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:

1.708

W.R.N.S. Officers:

18

W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings;

529

Note: Accommodation figures are those at time of reduction to C. & M. and are on war-time austerity scales.

 

ARMOURIES

 

 

COMPASS BASE

One, tarmac diameter 70'.

 

DISPERSAL

6 small and 2 large A/c standings and 6 double pens.

 

HANGARS

Dispersed round the perimeter track

 

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

2 Type T.3 ..

66' x 75'

19'

66'

30 Mains..

60' x 70'

17'

55'

3 Callender-Hamilton..

110' x 185'

25'

100'

 

MEDICAL

 

 

METEOROLOGICAL

 

 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation:

Not known.

M/T:

Not known.

Oil :

Not known.

   

TEST BASE

A/C radar base on SE. of landing area.

 

TEST BUTT

Test butt and 25 yd. range available.

 

WORKSHOPS

Workshops 4-6 squadron scale.

 

VISITORS

 

 

EXPLOSIVES

 

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

 

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

 

708

 

 

714

 

 

717

 

 

719

 

 

736B

 

7

47

 

812

 

814

 

815

 

816

 

817

 

818

 

819

 

821

 

822

 

823

 

824

 

825

 

826

 

828

 

837

 

841

 

847

 

860

 

 

 

 

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Additional sources:

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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