Latitude 40°35'28"N Longitude 73°53'28"W

   

ACQUISITION

Lodger facilities for an RN Air Section and disembarked squadrons from 1942.

 

COMMISSIONED

Not known.

 

CLOSED

Not known.

 

PAID OFF

Not known.

 

   

C.O./O.I.C.

Not known.

 

   

FUNCTION

RN Aircraft Storage Unit

RN Ferry Flight

British Admiralty Delegation flight

Support for one (?) disembarked squadron

 

ADDRESS

R.N. Air Section

U.S.N.A.S. Floyd Bennett Field

Marine Park,

Brooklyn,

New York City,

USA

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies on a man made island which juts into Jamaica Bay, on the S.E. coast of Brooklyn, where the Rockaway inlet joins Jamaica bay.

 

LANDMARKS

Breezy Point 4 miles S.W. of Floyd Bennett Field; the most westerly point of the Rockaway isthmus which separates Jamaica Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

Road access from Brooklyn

   

 

   

CONTROL

Control Building

 

ELEVATION

 14' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS

Four, concrete


01/18 QDM. ---° ----° .... 1,666  x 100 yds. 

06/24 QDM. ---° ----° .... 1,666  x 100 yds. 

12/30 QDM. ---° ----° .... 1,666  x 100 yds.   

15/33 QDM. ---° ----° .... 1,666  x 100 yds.  

 

TRACKS

 A central taxi track connect s the main hangar complex to the seaplane hangars on the far side of the airfield, crossing through the junction of runways 01/18 & 12/30. a smaller track connects the S.W. ends of runways 12/30  & 15/33.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

Not known.

Circuit

Not known.

Approach

Not known.

   

APPROACH

Not known.

 

WIND INDICATOR

Not known.

   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day

Not known.

By night

NNot known.

HOMING--RADIO

D/F

Not known.

Beacons

Not known.

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day

Not known.

By night

Not known.

APPROACH - RADIO

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F & H/F

 Not known.

VH/F

  Not known.

   

GROUND RAD

Not known.

   

 

   

ACCOMMODATION

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

Not known.

 

DISPERSAL

Not known.

 

HANGARS

On S.W. edge of airfield.

 

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

       
       
       
       
 

MEDICAL

Not known.

 

METEOROLOGICAL

USN

 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation:

Not known.

M/T:

Not known.

Oil :

Not known.

   

TEST BASE

Not known.

TEST BUTT

Not known.

WORKSHOPS

 

EXPLOSIVES

Not known.

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

Not known.

Air to air

 

Air to ground and R. p. Firing

 

Live and practice bombing

 

Practice bombing

 

Assault training

 
   
   

Information taken from

 

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

 

834

Torpedo Spotter Reconnaissance squadron

Disembarked from HMS ARCHER 15.07.42 to 31.10.42 while the ship was in dockyard hands.

Equipped with 4 Swordfish Is.


836

Torpedo-Bomber and Reconnaissance  squadron

Moved here from RNAS Palisadoes13.05.42. Embarked in HMS BITER 02.06.42.

Equipped with 6 Fairey Swordfish.


837

Torpedo-Bomber and Reconnaissance  squadron

Moved here from RNAS Palisadoes 01.07.42. Embarked in HMS DASHER 25.07.42.

Equipped with 4 Fairey Swordfish


882

Torpedo Spotter Reconnaissance squadron

Detached flight of 2 a/c. Disembarked from HMS ARCHER 15.07.42. Flight disbanded here 30.09.42.

Equipped with 2 Swordfish Is.


1833

Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Moved here from USNAS Brunswick 14.10.443. Embarked in HMS TRUMPETER. via USNAS Norfolk 17.10.43.

Equipped with 10 x Corsair.


1834

Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Moved here from USNAS Brunswick 30.10.43. Embarked in HMS KHEDIVE, via USNAS Norfolk, 01.11.43.

Equipped with 10 x Corsair.


1849

Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Moved here from USNAS Brunswick 15.11.44. Embarked in HMS REAPER, via USNAS Norfolk, 22.11.44.

Equipped with 18 x Corsair.


1850

Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Moved here from USNAS Brunswick 15.11.44. Embarked in HMS REAPER, via USNAS Norfolk, 23.11.44.

Equipped with 18 x Corsair


1851

Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Moved here from USNAS Brunswick 23.12.44.  Embarked in HMS  THANE, via USNAS Norfolk,28.12.44

Equipped with 18 x Corsair.


1853

Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Moved here from USNAS Brunswick 13.07.45. Moved to USNAS Norfolk 14.7.45.

Equipped with 18 x Corsair.


 

 

 

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Additional sources:

Royal Navy Escort Carriers

http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/ Accessed 14/12/2014

 

www.airfieldsdatabase.com

http://www.airfieldsdatabase.com/ww2/WW2%20R27a%20NJ-TN.htm Accessed 14/12/2014

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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