Latitude 50°48'10"N Longitude 01°10'0"W

   

ACQUISITION

Transferred from RAF No. 16 group to Admiralty control
 

COMMISSIONED

01 August 1945
 

PAID OFF

20 March 1956
 

DISPOSAL

Became HMS SULTAN Mechanical Training and Repair Establishment 01 June 1956
 
 COMMANDING OFFICER Captain R.G. Mills  DSO, DSC, March 1946
Captain H.W.S. Browning DSO, 15 January 1947
   

FUNCTION

 R.N. Air Course.

School of Aircraft Handling.

Safety Equipment and Survival School.

Air Medical School.

Central Naval Recognition School.

Helicopter Unit (No. 705 Squadron).

Research Glider Unit.

Fleetlands Test Flight.

R.A.F. Torpedo Development Unit.

Naval Air Radio Installation Unit (N.A.R.I.U.)

Contact Airfield.

 

 

ADDRESS

 R.N. Air Station,

Gosport,

Hampshire.

 

LOCALITY

 The airfield lies adjacent W. of Gosport and 2 miles WNW. of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. Southampton lies 10¼ miles NW. and R.N.A.S. Lee-on-Solent, 1 miles WNW.
 

LANDMARKS

 The Isle of Wight lying 4½ miles SW. across the Solent. Portsmouth city and harbour and Southampton Water with Southampton at its head.
 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

 Main roads to Portsmouth and Southampton via Fareham. Stations at Fort Brockhurst adjoining the airfield, Fareham 4½ miles (R) and Portsmouth Harbour 2½ miles (R) across the ferry, all on the Southern Section of British Railways.

 

   

CONTROL

 Control building outside the perimeter track on E. side of landing area.

 

ELEVATION

 30' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS /LANDING AREA

Irregular grass airfield. N.S.-1100 yards. EW.-800 yds.
                                         

Two short runways in S. half of airfield    Extensibility
00/18 QDM. 001°/181° .... 550 X 50  yds. 1.400
06/24 QDM. 062°/242° .... 750 X 50  yds. 1.250
Extension requires road closures and demolition.
Note: This airfield should be treated as a grass airfield only, mown landing strips being shown on the plan. N. end of Field adjacent to Rowner Road curtailed in accordance with A.F.O. 3594/47.
 

TRACKS

 5o' perimeter track on E. and N. sides only.
 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

W/T masts, 191' high, on Horsea Island in Portsmouth Harbour, distant 4 miles ENE. each showing red light on top from dusk to dawn.

Circuit ans Approach

None.

 

APPROACH

 Recommended sector, mean QDM .
 

WIND INDICATOR

 One windsock in SW. corner of airfield; second on hangar on E. side ; third on N. edge of airfield.
   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day:

By night:

 

None.

None.wn

 

HOMING--RADIO

D/F: Beacon:

 

None.

None.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day:  

By night:  

None.
None.

 

APPROACH - RADIO

None.

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F and H/F

 7 (plus 3 for training) transceivers.

VH/F:  5 (plus I for training) transceivers.
 

GROUND RADAR

None.

 

   

ACCOMMODATION

 In Wardroom immediately SE. of airfield for officers, and in barracks immediately E. of airfield for remainder.

 

Capacity:

Officers:

150

Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:

830

W.R.N.S. Officers:

 -

W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings;

 -
 Accommodation is reserved for R.A.F., 200 O.R.s  in Fort Grange on SE. side of airfield.
 

ARMOURIES


 

COMPASS BASE

 One diameter 50'.
 

DISPERSAL


 

HANGARS

 

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

 4 Type "A"  250' x 13o' - -
 2 Type "C"  300' x 150'  35'  150'

 

MEDICAL

Sick quarters in main Station site.

 

METEOROLOGICAL

Limited service by Naval personnel .

 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation:

10,000 gallons.

M/T:

4,000 gallons.

Oil :

2,000 gallons.

   

TEST BASE

Not known.

 

TEST BUTT

Test butt suitable for cannon and 25 yd. rifle range at Fleetlands.

 

WORKSHOPS

Aircraft maintenance facilities to 2-3 squadron scale.
 

VISITORS

Visitors' parking area in front of Control Building.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

None.

   
   

Information taken from CB 4368 A. Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Aug. 44

 

 

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

 

705

 

 

706

 

707

 

708

 

 

720

 

 

727

 

 

764

 

 

771

 

 

778

 

 

799

 

 

800

 

801

 

802

 

803

 

807

 

809

 

810

 

811

 

812

 

813

 

820

 

821

 

822

 

823

 

824

 

825

 

833

 

845

 

848

 

882

 

887

 

892

 

894

 

1846

Single seat Fighter Squadron
Disembarked from HMS COLOSSUS 23.07.1946 and disbanded the same day.
Equipped with Corsair IV.

1850

Single seat Fighter Squadron
Disembarked from HMS VENGEANCE 12.08.1946 and disbanded the same day.
Equipped with Corsair IV.

 

 

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