Latitude 06°33'15"N Longitude 79°58'25"W

   
ACQUISITION Transferred from R.A.F. 01.09.1942

 

COMMISSIONED 15.10.1942.

 

PAID OFF 27.09.1946 Returned to R.A.F. 01.10.1946.

 

C.O./O.I.C. Commander (later Captain)  G.A. Rotherham D.S.C., O,B.E., R.N.

Captain J.S. Crawford, D.S.C. R.N.

 

   
FUNCTION Accommodation for three 24-aircraft and one 21-aircraft squadrons. Limited Reserve Aircraft Storage.
R.N. Air Maintenance Yard.

Fleet Requirements Unit (797 squadron).
Naval Air Radio Maintenance Group (East Indies Station).

No.2 M.A.T.M.U.

British & American Torpedo facillities.

 

PARENT STATION TO RNAS Puttalam

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,

Katukurunda
Ceylon.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies within 600 yds. of the SW. coast of Ceylon and adjacent ESE. of Katukurunda, a village on the S. shore of Kalutara lagoon.

Kalutara South lies 2 miles NNW. and 22 miles NNW.

 

LANDMARKS The town and harbour of Colombo.
The Kalu Ganga flowing in a SW. airection to enter the sea between Kalutsra North .nd Kalutsra South; the main coastal road and railway to Colombo bridges the river's mouth.
A conspicuous road from Katukurunda passes the NE. end of runway 03/21.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Access to the main Colombo - Calle coastal road.
Railway station at Katukurunda, n the Colombo - Calle -line.
   
   
CONTROL Control Building W. of 03/21 runway, close N. of runway intersection.

 

ELEVATION  40' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Two; one steel-plank and one concrete:-


03/21 QDM. 029° -209° .... 1,300 x 50 yds. 

11/29 QDM. 112° -292° .... 1,100 x 50 yds. 

 

TRACKS 45' tarmac taxying strip run along each side of the runways, connected by 30' taxi tracks to hangars, workshop, and dispersal areas.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Hill (519’) distant 2½ miles ENE.
Circuit None.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH Under conditions of no-wind, best approach is QDM. 209°.

 

WIND INDICATOR Windsock near the centre on W. aide of runway 03/21.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night Landmark beacon.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F H/F (reduced to C. & M.) and VH/F.
Beacons 251MS. YG and Y.J.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night Airfield lighting (Naval).

 

APPROACH - RADIO Mobile 257 beam approach.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F 7 transmitters, 8 receivers.
VH/F 3  transmitters, 3 receivers.

 

   
GROUND RADAR Fighter Direction using G.C.I. and Interrogator, and Fighter Direction using low outer Radar set with Interrogator.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living accommodation at Camp, 2 miles (R) NE. of the airfield.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 302
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 3,447
W.R.N.S. Officers: 10
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 122

 

ARMOURIES  

 

COMPASS BASE Four, 2 of 70' and 2 of 50' diameter respectively.

 

DISPERSAL 59 single aircraft pens with Kadjan roofs, and 17 with asbestos roofs, in four area situated on either aide 07/21.

Four aprons, two for fuelling situated on either side of runway 03/21, and two for parking near its N. end.

 

HANGARS Squadron hangars in dispersal areas on either side of runway 03/21. Storage hangars on NW. aide of airfield.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
14  Mains (Squadron)  80' x 60' 17' 4" 60'
15 Mains (Storage)  80' x 60' 17' 4" 60'
1 Bellmam 250' x 90’ 26’ 90’
Note. Maintenance Yard hangars are not included.

 

MEDICAL Sick Quarters close W. of Camp. Sick Bay in Camp. Sick Bay at airfield on S. aide of runway 03/21.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Office in Control Building; full service by naval personnel.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: 52,000 gallons in three installations.
Further installation for 18,000 gallons under construction.

Grades held ....

46,000 gallon. 100 Octane
6,000 gallons 90 Octane

100 gallons- 73 Octane
20,000 gallons.

M/T: 20,000 gallons.
Oil : Bulk storage for 9,000 gallons. Approximate stock.:
1,000 gallon. Aeroshell 100; 1,000 gallons Aeroshell 120.
   
TEST BASE A/c Radar base and Polar Diagram base available

 

TEST BUTT Available.

 

WORKSHOPS R.N. Aircraft Maintenance Yard.

 

VISITORS Parking space and hangar in No. 1 dispersal area, opposite the Control building.

 

EXPLOSIVES On E. side of the airfield adjacent to the W. side of the Maintenance Yard. Taxi tracks connect to the '21' end of runway 3/21 and the centre of 11/29.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  

Air to air

Two.
Air to ground One.
Live and practice bombing }

}One combined range.

}

Dive bombing

R.P.

  Note. Dive and Practice bombing range under construction.
   
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

 
729

 

 
742

 

 
756

 

 
757

 

 
797

 

 
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806  
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817  
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822  
823  
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831  
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834  
837  
845  
847  
849  
851  
854  
857  
879  
882  
887  
888  
894  
898  
1700  
1831  
1846  
1850  
1851  

 

 

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Click here for a list of Primary sources


Additional sources:

Rotherham., G.A. (1985) "It's Really Quite Safe" Ontario, Hangar Books

Judd., D. “Avenger from The Sky” London, William Kimber & Co Ltd

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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