Latitude 54°27'22"N  Longitude  05°08'11"W

   

ACQUISITION

Lodger facilities for RN squadrons at RAF Station.

Transferred to Admiralty from RAF Northern Ireland on loan 14 July 1945

 

COMMISSIONED

17 July 1945

 

PAID OFF

To Care & Maintenance status 14 November 1945 'on books of GADWALL'

 

CLOSED

Returned to RAF Northern Ireland control, 15.01.46.

 

   

C.O.

Captain G.N.P. Stringer

 

   

FUNCTION

Satellite airfield to R.N.A.S. Ballyhalbert

 

PARENT

R.N.A.S. Ballyhalbert

 

ADDRESS

R.N. Air Station

Kirkistown,

 County Down,

Northern Ireland.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies 2½ mile S. of Ballyhalbert, County Down.

 

LANDMARKS

Shrangfiord Lough  3 miles W. Skulmart lightship 5½ miles NNE.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

Railway station at Newtonards, 15 miles (R).

   
   

CONTROL

Control Building No.

 

ELEVATION

 20' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS

Three, Tarmac:

04/22 QDM. 042°-222° .... 1.300 x 50 yds. 

10/28 QDM. `00°-280° .... 1,160 x 50 yds. 

`6/34 QDM. -161°--341° ....1,000 x 50 yds. 

 

TRACKS

Perimeter track connects ends of runways
 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

Not known.
 

Circuit

None.
 

Approach

None.
 

APPROACH

No special approach recommended.
 

WIND INDICATOR

Not known.

   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day

Not known.

By night

Not known.
 

HOMING--RADIO

D/F

Not known.

Beacons

Not known.
 

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day

Not known.

By night

None.
 

APPROACH - RADIO


 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F & H/F

? transmitters, ? receivers.

VH/F

 ? transmitters,  ? receivers.
 

GROUND RADAR

None.

 

   

ACCOMMODATION

Living quarters in dispersed sites.


Capacity (based on RAF manning)

Officers............................................136
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings................... 1,193
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

Not known.

 

HANGARS

 

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

4 x Blister

45' x 45'

   

 

MEDICAL

Not known.

 

METEOROLOGICAL

Not known.

 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation -

Not known.

 

M/T -

Not known.

 

Oil -

Not known.

 

TEST BASE

Not known.

 

TEST BUTT

Not known.

 

WORKSHOPS

None.

 

VISITORS

Not known

 

EXPLOSIVES

 

 

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 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

 

808

Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Carried out Aerodrome Dummy Deck Landings here 22.10.1944, based at RNAS Ballyhalbert.

Equipped with Hellcat I & II.

 

818

Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Moved here from RNAS Machrihanish 02. - 18.12.1942

Equipped with 6 Swordfish I.

 

835

Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Moved here from RNAS Machrihanish 18.12.1942  Returned to RNAS Machrihanish 29.01.1943

Equipped with 4 Swordfish II.

 

881

'B; Flt

Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Moved here from RNAS Donibristle 19.11.1942, Returned to RNAS Donibristle 19.12.1942.

Moved here from RNAS Donibristle 30.12.1942, Returned to RNAS Donibristle 04.01.1943.

Equipped with Martlet IV.

 

885

Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Carried out Aerodrome Dummy Deck Landings here 21.08.1944, based at RNAS Ballyhalbert.

Equipped with Seafire LIII.

 

887

Fleet Fighter Squadron

Moved here from RAF Ballyhalbert 04.11.1942 . Moved to RNAS Lee-On-Solent 19.12.1942.

Equipped with Fulmar II.

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional sources:

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 



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