01 March 1947 as
H.M.S. Godwit on closure of R.N.A.S. Hinstock.
By end of 1949
By end of 1949
Central Naval Instrument Flying Training School
Advanced Single .Engine Conversion & Refresher Flying
Previously satellite to RNAS Hinstock
R.N. Air Station,
The airfield lies 5 miles S. by W. of Market Drayton and
¾ miles S. of the
village of Child's Ercall. Stoke on Trent lies 13 miles
N.E. and Shrewsbury 11 miles S.W. Birmingham lies 30
The Shropshire Union canal, running from Birmingham, through Market Drayton to Chester, passes 3½ miles N.E.; the river Tern, flowing S. towards its junction, 10½ miles S.W., with the Severn, passes ½ mile W.
ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS
Secondary road to Hodnet, and to Hinstock amend the main Market Drayton road. Hodnet railway station, 3¼ miles W.N.W., on the G.W.R. line to Market Drayton, where there is a junction with the L.M.S.;
Control building on W, side of landing area, in front tf
the technical buildings.
230' above M.S.L.
RUNWAYS /LANDING AREA
Three, concrete and wood chippings:
00/18 QDM. 003° /18° .... 1400 X 50 yds.
04/22 QDM. 043° /223° .... 2000 X 50 yds.
12/30 QDM. 120° /300° .... 1400 X 50 yds.
50' perimeter track.
90 ft. W/T. masts at S.E. extremity of the airfield
HOMING - VISUAL
APPROACH - VISUAL
APPROACH - RADIO
W/T and R/T:
Based on R.A.F. accommodation figures
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:
W.R.N.S. Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings;
in three sites, 2 in the main technical site on W. of
landing area, 2 in a site on the E of the landing area,
ad 1 SW. between the '12' & '04' ends of runways 04/22
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1 x B1
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Note: some materials reference 5 T2
FUEL AND OIL
Explosives area at SE. end of landing area.
BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES
List of first and second line squadrons, station
flight and other flying units based at this location
Engine Handling Unit.
Moved here from RNAS Worthy Down
08.1945 Disbanded here 21.02.1946.
Equipped with Whitley GR.VII
- was to re-equip with Fortresses and Lancasters.
Naval Advanced Instrument Flying Training Unit.
Moved here from
RNAS Donibristle 15.08.1942.
Disbanded on 14 May 1946, to become 'B' Flight of
with Anson, Oxford Reliant, Tiger Moth, aWellington
GR.XIs Harvard IIbs, and l Harvard IIIs.
Hello, I served in the war at Godwit as a WREN map drawer. There were four of us on tall stools. I can't remember a lot about it apart from eliciting the odd tot from older chaps who gave it to soothe our stomachs! Iris Taylor nee Dutchman)