Latitude 8°03'11"N Longitude 80°58'54"E

   

ACQUISITION

Lodger facilities for an RN squadrons at an R.A.F. Heavy Bomber airfield.

 

OPENED/GRANTED

1942

 

CLOSED/WITHDRAWN

1946

 

   

C.O./O.I.C.

 
   

FUNCTION/FACILITY

Accommodation for one Naval Air Squadron available.
An extension of this facility to cover an additional three Squadrons is under consideration.

 

ADDRESS

R.N. Air Section

R.A.F. Station Minnerya,

Ceylon

 

LOCALITY

Situated 33 miles SSW. of R.N.A.S. TRINCOMALEE. It lies about 4 miles E. of the village of Minnerya, and close NE. of the branch railway running through the village towards its junction with the main, Trincomalee-Colombo line, distant 8 miles NW. from the airfield.

 

LANDMARKS

Not known.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

Not known.

   
   

CONTROL

Not known.

 

ELEVATION

 171' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS

One,

 

07/25 QDM. ---° ----° .... 2,500 .50 yds;
there is a 50-yd. wide levelled natural strip alongside the runway.

 

TRACKS

Not known.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

Not known.

Circuit

Not known.

Approach

Not known.

 

APPROACH

Not known.

 

WIND INDICATOR

Not known.

   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

None.

HOMING--RADIO

D/F

VH/F

Beacons

Yes, details not known.

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

 

APPROACH - RADIO

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F & H/F

 transmitters,  receivers.

VH/F

  transmitters,   receivers.

   

GROUND RADAR

Yes, details not known.

   
   

ACCOMMODATION

Living quarters

 

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

 

 

COMPASS BASE

 

 

DISPERSAL

 

 

HANGARS

 

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

       
 

MEDICAL

 

 

METEOROLOGICAL

 

 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation:

Not known.

M/T:

Not known.

Oil :

Not known.

   

TEST BASE

 

 

TEST BUTT

 

 

WORKSHOPS

 

 

VISITORS

 

 

EXPLOSIVES

 

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

 

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

 

733

 

 

810

 

 

831

Torpedo-Bomber and Reconnaissance  squadron

Moved her from R.N. Air Section Vavuniya 20.11.44. Moved to R.N.A.S. Colombo Racecourse 19/12/44.

Equipped with 12 Avenger Is & 4Wildcat V.

 

 

1834

 

 

1836

 

 

1837

 

 

1838

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional sources:

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 


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