Latitude 52°21'56"N Longitude 01°31'6"E

   

ACQUISITION

 Lodger facilities from R.A.F. No.16 Group.

Transferred on loan 05.06.45 until October 1946.

 

COMMISSIONED

 05 August 1945 as "SPARROWHAWK"

 

CLOSED

 28 February 1946 reduced to Care and maintenance status.

 

PAID OFF

 15 March 1946 - returned to R.A.f. custody on this date.

 

   

C.O.

 Captain L.A.K. Boswell D.S.O.

   

FUNCTION

 

 

ADDRESS

 R.N. Air Station

Halesworth,

Suffolk.

England

 

LOCALITY

 The airfield lies 7½ miles W. of Southwold.

 

LANDMARKS

 Wireless masts at Dersham, approximately 5 miles due S. of Halesworth water tower, approximately 1,000 yds. SW of S end of no. 2 runway.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

 Railway station at Halesworth 2 miles, L.N.E.R.

   

 

   

CONTROL

Control Building

 

ELEVATION

 120' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS

Three, Concrete and wood chippings..


09/-- QDM. ---˚-240˚ .... 2,000 x 50 yds. 

17/-- QDM. 172˚-190-˚.... 1,400 x 50 yds.

23/-- QDM. 226˚ -290˚ .... 1,400 x 50 yds.

 

TRACKS

 Perimeter track connects ends of runways.

 

   

 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

None.

Circuit

 None.

Approach

None.

 

APPROACH

No special approach recommended.

 

WIND INDICATOR

 
   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

None.

 

HOMING--RADIO

D/F

 

Beacons

 

 

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

 Airfield lighting Mk.II

 

APPROACH - RADIO

 

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F & H/F

 transmitters,  receivers.

VH/F

  transmitters,   receivers.

 

GROUND RADAR

 

 

 

   

ACCOMMODATION

Capacity (based on USAAF manning)

 

Officers:

443

Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:

2.529

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

 50 loop hardstands.

 

HANGARS

Hangars

 

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

 2 x T.2

 135' 5" x 113' 6

25'

113' 6"  

   

MEDICAL

 Not known.

 

METEOROLOGICAL

 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation -

 Not known.

M/T -

 Not known.

Oil -

 Not known.

   

TEST BASE

 Not known.

 

TEST BUTT

 Not known.

 

WORKSHOPS

 Not known.

 

VISITORS

 Not known.

 

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 CB 4368 A. 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

 

762

 

Twin Engine Conversion Unit

 Moved here from RNAS Dale 03.12.45. Moved to RNAS Ford 15.01.46.

Operated Beaufort (I & T.II), Beaufighter II, Blenheim IV, Oxford, Wellington XI.


798

Advanced Single .Engine Conversion & Refresher Flying Training Unit.

Moved here from RNAS Lee-on-Solent 06.09.45. Moved to RNAS Peplow 28.02.46

Equipped with an assortment of aircraft which included Barracudas, Fireflies, Harvards, Seafires, and Tiger Moths.


 

 

 

 

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Click here for a list of Primary sources


Additional sources:

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

4683/45 R.N. Air Station, Halesworth - Commissioning - R.N. Air Station, Hatston - Paying Off.

2371/46 R.N. Air Station, Halesworth (H.M.S. "Sparrowhawk") - Return to R/A/f/

 

 

 

 

 


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