Latitude 58°57′29″N Longitude 002°54′02″W

   
ACQUISITION R.A.F. fighter station transferred to the Admiralty on loan  06.07.1943.

 

COMMISSIONED 15.08.1943.

 

CLOSED  

 

PAID OFF 31.07.1945.

 

   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION Satellite to RNAS Hatston.

Accommodation for disembarked Front-Line squadrons.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,
Grimsetter,
Mainland,
Orkney.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies on the S. bank of the Bay of Berstane, 3½ miles (R) SE of Kirkwall.

 

LANDMARKS The town and port of Kirkwall .

Scapa Flow 2½ miles SW.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Road accedes to Kirkwall 3½ mile NW. and Finstown 9½ miles NW. (R) and to RNAS Hatston 4¾ miles (R) to the NW. Scapa 2½miles SW.

Nearest railway station at Thurso (LMS), mainland Scotland.

Piers and Harbour facilities for small vessels at Stromness and Kirkwall, with steamer communication to Scotland.

 
   
   
CONTROL Control Building - originally sited at the extreme S. of the airfield outside the perimeter track at the '33' end of runway 15/33'

New Control Building - inside the perimeter track to the S. of the runway intersection.

 

ELEVATION  30' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Three, Tarmac.
 

07/25 QDM. 071°/250° .... 1,310 X 50  yds.

10/28 QDM. 101°/281° .... 1,240 X 50  yds.

15/33 QDM. 154°/334° ....   970 X 50  yds.

 

TRACKS 40' perimeter track.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Tower hill(279') with 4 W/T masts (100') 1800yds. HM. and ground rising 220' 1600 yds. SW.
Circuit None.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH Recommended sector, mean Q.D.M. :

 

WIND INDICATOR Not known.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F Not known.
Beacons Not known.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night Not known.

 

APPROACH - RADIO Not known.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F  Not known.
VH/F  Not known.
   
GROUND RADAR Not known.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters in camp in SE corner of the airfield.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 45
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 390
W.R.N.S. Officers: 9
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 165

 

ARMOURIES Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE Not known.

 

DISPERSAL Five double fighter pens and five pan handle standings, dispersed around the perimeter track.

 

HANGARS In two sites NE. and NW. of the airfield, connected by the perimeter track.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
6 Mains (Squadron) .. 6o' x 84' 17' 55'
7 Mains (Storage) .. .. 6o' x 84' 17' 55'
1 Pentad .. .. .. .. .. .. 185' x 105' 25' 105'

See note [1]

 

MEDICAL Sick Bay in accommodation site.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Not kown.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Not known.
M/T: Not known.
Oil : Not known.
   
TEST BASE Not kown.

 

TEST BUTT M.G. test butt and 25 yds. range

 

WORKSHOPS Not kown.

 

VISITORS Not kown.

 

EXPLOSIVES Not kown.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES Not kown.
   
   
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

 
800

 

 
801  
807  
824  
825  
826  
841  
842  
846  
848  
849  
880  
881  
882  
884  
887  
894  
899  
1770  
1834  
1840  

 

 

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Notes:

[1] It is not clear how many Mains hangars were actually installed on the site, at the time of transfer to the Admiralty there were only two small hangars on site. Later aerial images show 7 Mains hangars and a new control building; it is assumed that only the squadron hangars were actually built.

 


 

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Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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