15.09.1945 as 'Tern II'
reduced to Care & Maintenance
Accommodation for disembarked Front-Line squadrons.
Accommodation for disembarked Ship's Flight Aircraft
(H.Q. 700 Squadron).
Home Fleet Fleet Requirements Unit (771 squadron)
R.N. Air Station,
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
The town and port of Kirkwall .
Scapa Flow 2½
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 Building inside the perimeter track SE. adjacent
the technical site.
35' above M.S.L.
01/19 QDM. 015°
.... 780 x -17 yds.
07/25 QDM. 069°
.... 8810 x 17 yds.
12/30 QDM. 121°
.... 790 x 50 yds.
15/33 QDM. 150°
.... 1000 x 50 yds.
40' perimeter track.
Wideford hill (741') 1½
miles W. W/T masts (360') on hill (180') 4 miles SSE.
Recommended sector, mean Q.D.M. :
Outside perimeter track adjacent to the '25' end of
HOMING - VISUAL
APPROACH - VISUAL
APPROACH - RADIO
M/F & H/F
at Hatston Farm camp and W.R.N.S. quarters to the S. of
the technical site.
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:
W.R.N.S. Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings;
9 pens, 2 hardstandings.
Storage hangars (Mains) on NW. corner of airfield, the
reminder located in the main technical site SE.
2 x Bellman (Squadron)
175' x 95'
4 x Pentad (Squadron)
2 x Bellman (Storage)
176' x 95'
7 x Mains (Storage)
60' x 70'
Sick Bay in camp area at Hatston Farm.
FUEL AND OIL
A/c Radar base off perimeter track adjacent to the '25'
end of runway 07/25.
M.G. test butt and 25 yds. range
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
BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES
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