Latitude 58°59'32"N Longitude 02°58'35"W

   
ACQUISITION Purpose built for the Admiralty.

 

COMMISSIONED 02.10.1959 as 'Sparrowhawk'

01.08.1945 as 'Tern II'

CLOSED  

 

PAID OFF 01.08.1945 as 'Sparrowhawk'

15.09.1945 as 'Tern II' reduced to Care & Maintenance

   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION Accommodation for disembarked Front-Line squadrons.

Accommodation for disembarked Ship's Flight Aircraft (H.Q. 700 Squadron).

Home Fleet Fleet Requirements Unit (771 squadron)

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

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies on the S. bank of the Bay of Kirkwall, 1 mile N.E. of the town of Kirkwall. The road from Kirkwall to Finstown forms the s. boundary of the airfield.

 

LANDMARKS The town and port of Kirkwall .

Scapa Flow 2½ miles S.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Road accedes to Kirkwall 1 mile SE. and Finstown 6 miles NE. (R), to RNAS Grimsetter 3½miles (R) to the SE. and Scapa 2½miles S.

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 inside the perimeter track SE. adjacent the technical site.

 

ELEVATION  35' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Four, Tarmac.


01/19 QDM. 015° -195° .... 780 x -17 yds. 

07/25 QDM. 069° -249° .... 8810 x 17 yds. 

12/30 QDM. 121° -301° .... 790 x 50 yds. 

15/33 QDM. 150° -330° .... 1000 x 50 yds. 

 

TRACKS 40' perimeter track.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Wideford hill (741') 1½ miles W. W/T masts (360') on hill (180') 4 miles SSE.
Circuit None.
Approach None.

 

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

 

WIND INDICATOR Outside perimeter track adjacent to the '25' end of runway 07/25.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

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

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

APPROACH - RADIO  

 

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

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters at Hatston Farm camp and W.R.N.S. quarters to the S. of the technical site.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 180
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 1,260
W.R.N.S. Officers: 15
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 224

 

ARMOURIES Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE One.

 

DISPERSAL 9 pens, 2 hardstandings.

 

HANGARS Storage hangars (Mains) on NW. corner of airfield, the reminder located in the main technical site SE.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
2 x Bellman (Squadron) 175' x 95' 25' 90'
4 x Pentad (Squadron) 187' x106' 25' 106'
2 x Bellman (Storage) 176' x 95' 25' 90'
7 x Mains (Storage) 60' x 70' 17' 55'
 
MEDICAL Sick Bay in camp area at Hatston Farm.

 

METEOROLOGICAL  

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Not known.
M/T: Not known.
Oil : Not known.
   
TEST BASE A/c Radar base off perimeter track adjacent to the '25' end of runway 07/25.

 

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

 

WORKSHOPS  

 

VISITORS  

 

EXPLOSIVES Explosives are on N. side of the airfield, adjacent to the '25' end of the 07/25 runway and extending W. and S. along the edge of the Bay of Kirkwall to the Test Butt and the approach to the '30' end of the 12/30 runway..

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES Not known.
   
   
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

 
700

 

 
701

 

 
712

 

 
746  
771

 

 
800  
801  
802  
803  
804  
806  
807  
809  
810  
811  
812  
813  
814  
816  
817  
818  
819  
820  
821  
822  
823  
824  
825  
826  
827  
828  
829  
830  
831  
832  
833  
835  
836M  
837  
840  
841  
842  
845  
846  
848  
852  
853  
856  
860  
878  
880  
881  
882  
883  
885  
887  
888  
890  
891  
893  
894  
896  
898  
899  
1770  
1771  
1820  
1840  
1841  
1842  

 

 

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© 2013 Tony Drury www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk


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