Latitude 49˚12'26"N Longitude  02˚11'43"W

   

ACQUISITION

 Requisitioned by the Admiralty March 1940

 

COMMISSIONED

March 1940 - accounts borne on Books of 'KESTREL'

 

CLOSED

31 May 1940, Naval personnel evacuated

 

FUNCTION

 

ADDRESS

 R.N. Air Station, Jersey,

St. Peter,
Jersey,

Channel Islands

 

LOCALITY

The airport lies 4 miles WNW of St. Helier.

 

LANDMARKS

The port of St. Helier 4 miles WNW.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

 
   
   

CONTROL

Civilian ATC.

 

ELEVATION

 53' above M.S.L.

 

LANDING AREA

Grass.


Four landing runs - maximum run 980 yds. 

 

TRACKS

None.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

None.

Circuit

None.

Approach

None.

 

APPROACH

No special approach recommended.

 

WIND INDICATOR

Not known

   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

None.

 

HOMING--RADIO

D/F

Not known

Beacons

None.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

None.

 

APPROACH - RADIO

Not known

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F & H/F

 Not known

VH/F

Not known

   

GROUND RADAR

None

   
   

ACCOMMODATION

Capacity:

Officers:

Unknown.

Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:

Unknown.

W.R.N.S. Officers:

None.

W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings;

None.

 

 

ARMOURIES

None.

 

COMPASS BASE

None.

 

DISPERSAL

None. A/C parked on edges of the landing area.

 

HANGARS

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

Not known

     
       

MEDICAL

Not known.

 

METEOROLOGICAL

Not known.

 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation -

Not known.

M/T -

Not known.

Oil -

Not known.

TEST BASE

None.

 

TEST BUTT

None.

 

WORKSHOPS

None.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

None.

 

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

 

755

Telegraphist Air Gunner Training Squadron

Moved here from R.N.A.S. Worthy Down 11.03.40 Returned to R.N.A.S. Worthy Down31.05.40

Equipped with Proctor, Osprey and Shark aircraft.


763

Torpedo, Spotter, Reconnaissance Pool No.1

Moved here from R.N.A.S. Worthy Down 11.03.40 Moved to R.N.A.S. Lee-on-Solent 31.05.40

Equipped with 6 x Swordfish and  6 x Albacore.


816

Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron.

Moved here for one weeks operations 04-11.06.40 from R.N.A.S. Ford.

Equipped with 9 x Swordfish.


826

Torpedo, Spotter, Reconnaissance Squadron

Moved here for one weeks operations from R.A.F. Bircham Newton 21-29.05.40

Equipped with 12 x  Albacore.


 

 

Opened as a civilian airport with grass landing area in March 1937, Jersey airport was taken over by the Admiralty early in March 1940 for use as a Naval Air Station, the accounts for naval personnel were borne on the books of 'KESTREL' at R.N.A.S. Worthy Down.


RN use of the airfield

Two training squadrons arrived on March 11th from. Worthy Down to take up residence, No.s 755 Telegraphist Air Gunner Training Squadron with a collection of Proctor, Osprey and Shark aircraft, and 763 squadron which was Torpedo, Spotter, Reconnaissance Pool No.1 with Albacores and Swordfish.

826 Torpedo, Spotter, Reconnaissance Squadron flew in from R.A.F. Bircham Newton on May21st for one weeks operations with their 12 Albacores, they returned to Bircham Newton on the 29th.

By this time German advances into France resulted in the British government deciding that the Channel Islands were not defendable and the new Fleet Air Arm facilities were to be withdrawn back to the mainland. 755 squadron departed for R.N.A.S. Worthy Down and 763 squadron for R.N.A.S. Lee-on-Solent on May31st, the R N Air Station was paid off on the same day.

One further Fleet Air Arm squadron was to briefly operate out of Jersey airport; the 9 Swordfish of 816 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron flew in from R.N.A.S. Ford on June 4th for one weeks operations, staying until the 11th.

On July 1st 1940 German forces landed on Jersey and occupied the Island

 


 

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Additional sources:

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 


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