Latitude 34°57'00"S  Longitude  10°30'00"E

   

ACQUISITION

Airfield on loan form R.A.A.F.

 

COMMISSIONED

02anuary 1945 as NABBINGTON
15 November 1945 as NABSWICK

 

PAID OFF

15 November 1945 (NABBINGTON)
18 March 1946(NABSWICK)
 

DISPOSAL

Returned to RAAF control
 

COMMANDING OFFICER

Commander. G. A. Nunneley 28 October 1944
Captain H. G. Dickinson 09 March 1945
Captain J. D Harvey 01 May 1945

   

FUNCTION

The support of disembarked Squadrons.
The provision of Fleet Requirements & Refresher Flying Training (723 squadron)

Mobile Air Torpedo Maintenance (MATMU 3. 6 & 7)
 

ADDRESS

R.N. Air Station

Nowra,

New South Wales,

Australia
 

LOCALITY

 The airfield lies 4 miles SW. of Nowra township and 60 miles SSW., of Sydney. Jervis Bay airfield (M.O.N.A.B. 5) lies 15 miles SE.
 

LANDMARKS

 Nowra Hill, 633', 057° from the airfield. A bald hill surmounted by Radio masts. The Shoalhaven River flows 6 miles to the N. and Jervis Say lies 10 miles SE. The Braidwood road, a gravel road, forms the W. boundary of the airfield.
 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

 Secondary grovel road to Nowra, distant 6 miles (10. Rail terminus at Bomaderry, 14 miles (R) N. of Nowra across the Shoalhaven river, on a direct line to Sydney.

   

 

   

CONTROL

Control hut and ground signals area at S. end of runway 03/21.

 

ELEVATION

 365' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS

Two, sealed gravel. -


03/21 QDM. 034° 214° .... 2430 x 50yds. 
08/26 QDM. 085° 265° .... 2150 x 50 yds. 

 

TRACKS

 Taxi-tracks connect the ends of the runways and lead off to the dispersal areas to NW. and SW.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

None.
 

Circuit

 Nowra hill, rising 283' above the airfield 1,900 yds. E. of the "21" and of runway 03/21.
 

Approach

3 W/T masts, 50' on the SE. side of the airfield.

 

APPROACH

No special approach recommended.

 

WIND INDICATOR

 
   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

None.

 

HOMING--RADIO

D/F

 R.A.A.F. type not known.

Beacons

R.A.A.F. YH type.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day

None.

By night

R.A.A.F.Electric flare path
 

APPROACH - RADIO

Not known.
 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F & H/F

 R.A.A.F. type not known.

VH/F

 R.A.A.F. type not known.

 

GROUND RADAR

None.

   

 

   

ACCOMMODATION

Permanent Camp on the NE. side of the landing area. Tented accommodation for disembarked squadron personnel.

 

approximate capacity:

MONAB

 Squadron

Officers:

90

140

Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:

888

810

 

ARMOURIES

 

 

COMPASS BASE

 

 

DISPERSAL

 16 medium bombers hardstandings and one large gravel and steel-mat hardstanding area, about 81,000 square feet.

 

HANGARS

In a central site running parallel to 03/21 runway, then SE. at Control tower.

 

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

4 x Bellman

 112' x 95'

   

1x Bellman

 180' x 120'

   

 1 x Blister

 80' x 120'

   

1 x Igloo

 2S5' x 114'

   
 

MEDICAL

Sick Bay in main camp area.
 

METEOROLOGICAL

Service by MONAB 1 personnel
 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation:

Not known.

M/T:

Not known.

Oil :

Not known.

   

TEST BASE


 

TEST BUTT

 1 M.G. and Cannon 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

 

Torpedo range

Jervis Bay
   

Information taken from CB 4368 B. Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Aug. 1945 and BR.1807 Sep 1055

 

 

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

 

706

 

 

723

 

 

801

 

 

804

 

 

805

 

 

808

 

 

809

 

 

812

 

 

814

 

 

815

 

 

817

 

 

820

 

 

826

 

 

828

 

 

837

 

 

848

 

 

849

 

 

849C

 

 

850

 

 

851

 

 

854

 

 

857

 

 

1771

 

 

1830

 

 

1831

 

 

1833

 

 

1834

 

 

1836

 

 

1839

 

 

1841

 

 

1842

 

 

1843

 

 

1844

 

 

1834

 

 

1846

 

 

1851

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 

 

Click here for a list of Primary sources


Additional sources:

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 


Nowra c.1950s. There are five additional hangars on the site (blue crosses - 2 adjacent to the camp area & 3 along the SE dispersal) but otherwise the station is as it was in early 1946 when the RN left.

 

 

 

Nowra c. late 1945. View of the SE dispersal with Corsairs, Avengers and Hellcats parked in rows.  The Igloo and small Bellman hangar are clearly visible.

 


Nowra post-war c. 1949. Little has changed since the RN left, this shot shows the Igloo, small bellman to the right of the control Tower and four larger Bellman hangars to the left. New works have begun, a new hangar is under construction at the end of the row of 4 Bellman, a further three will be added adjacent to the SE dispersal.
 

 

 


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