Latitude 55°52'19"N  Longitude 04°25'59"W

   
ACQUISITION Lodger facility for an RN Air Section on RAF station from 19 June 1940. Transferred from No.19 Group RAF  to Admiralty 11 August 1943.

 

OPENED  
COMMISSIONED 20 September 1943 

 

PAID OFF 31 October 1963 and transferred to Ministry of Aviation.

 

CLOSED  
   
FUNCTION Reserve Aircraft Storage. Salvage.

No. 602(City of Glasgow) Squadron R. Aux A.F., Glasgow

 

University Air Squadron. A.T.C. Gliding School. Northern Engine Holding Unit. Parent station for R.N.A.S. Ayr and Machrihanish. Contact Airfield. No. 1830 & 1843 Squadron R.N.V.R.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,

Abbotsinch,

Paisley.

Scotland.

 

LOCALITY The airfield is situated on the northern outskirts of Paisley, 2½ miles W,. of the Govan district of Glasgow.

 

LANDMARKS The Firth of Clyde with the River Clyde passing 1½ NE.  The city of Glasgow and the town of Paisley.

 

The airfield lies within the fork of the Black Cart and White Cart waters which form a junction about  1.000 yds. NE. of the airfield before flowing into the Clyde..

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Main road communication with Paisley and Glasgow. Railway station at Paisley on the Greenock-Glasgow line.

 

   
CONTROL Control building on the E. side onside the perimeter track, in front of apron. Keeps watch 1800 -1600 or sunset, whichever id the earlier, Mondays to Fridays only. No night flying, No D/F watch.

 

ELEVATION 18' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS /LANDING AREA Three, steel mesh.

                                                                 Extensibility
06/24 QDM. 058°/238° .... 1293 X 50  yds.   2000

10/28 QDM. 103°/283° .... 1224 X 50  yds.    1600*

17/35 QDM. 173°/353° .... 1206 X 50  yds.     1600*

 

*Require road diversion

Note: W. end of runway 10/28 to be curtailed in accordance with A.F.O. 3594/47.

 

TRACKS

40' perimeter track from 24 to 06 runways.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation: Mountains rise to 1199', 4½ miles N. Hills rising to 749' 3½ miles SSW.

 

Circuit: Rising ground to E. and S.

 

Approach: Two pylons, 218', 1200 yds. ENE. Four tall chimneys, 450 yds. from 10 end of runway 10/28.

 

APPROACH Recommended sector, mean QDM 065°
 
WIND INDICATOR Windsocks on the R. side of the landing area inside perimeter track.
   
   
HOMING-VISUAL

None.

 

 
HOMING-RADIO D/F:

H/F/ and VH/F.

Beacon: YG and 251 MS.

 

APPROACH-VISUAL

  None.

 

 
APPROACH-RADIO None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F and H/F:

VH/F:

 

2 transmitters, 3 receivers.

4 transmitters, 4 receivers.

 

CALL SIGNS R/T ABBOTIN
W/T GYV
Identity letters

 

AC
GROUND RADAR None.

 

   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters in he SE. corner of the airfield.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 103
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 972
W.R.N.S. Officers: 6
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 93

 

ARMOURIES Not known 

 

COMPASS BASE One, diameter 70' and one diameter 80'. the later being combined with the Radar test base. 

 

DISPERSAL On aprons

 

HANGARS Storage hangar area on SE. side; Workshop hangar area on SW. side.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
4 R.A.F. Callender Hamilton 185' x 90' 17' 6"   90'
2 Type "C" 300' x 150' 30' 150'
1 Type "C" 225' x 150' 30' 150'
4 Bellman 175' x 95' 25' 90'
1 End opening flight shed 240' x 100'  20' 100'
2 Massillon arch 92' x 70'   - -
 
MEDICAL Sick quarters in Camp sire SE. of landing area.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Office in Control building. Limited service by Naval personnel.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: 21,250 gallons.
M/T: 2,500 gallons.
Oil : In barrels

 

TEST BASE None.

 

TEST BUTT M.G. test butt and 25 yd. range to NE.

 

WORKSHOPS R.N. Aircraft workshop on SW. side of airfield.

 

VISITORS On apron near Control building, for 6 aircraft.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES None
   
   
Information taken from CB 4368 B. Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Aug. 45 and B.R. 1807. Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Dec. 48

 

 

 

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

 
730 Communications squadron. Formed here in April, 1944. Moved to R.N.A.S. Ayr in July, 1944.
768 Deck Landing Training squadron. 1944 - 1946
771  Fleet Requirements Unit
800  
801  
802  
804  
807  
813  
816  
818 Disembarked from H. M. S. ILLUSTRIOUS with Swordfish aircraft July -august 1940
819  
821  
824  
825  
831  
832  
835  
852  
892  
1702 From R.N.A.S. Lee-on-Solent with 6 Sea Otter aircraft 5 September,1945 embarked H.M.S. TROUNCER 12 September.
804  
807  
1830 R.N.V.R.  1947 . 1957. Operated Firefly T.1 & A/S.6, Avenger A/S.4
1840  
1843 R.N.V.R.  

1951 . 1957. Operated Firefly T.3 & A/S.6, Seafury T.10, Sea Balliol T.21


   

 

 

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Brian Farley (Hertfordshire, UK) says...
I have actually cycled southbound down the centre of the runway at Abbotsinch, in the early 1960s, wondering what all the concrete was for. It was only when I saw the control tower, that the truth dawned on me. I was a student at Paisley Technical College, on my way home to Cardonald in Glasgow. But, exploring back roads on my way home one day, I found a farm track which petered out into a path. Eventually I came to a low wire fence with a hut of electronics on the other side. So I continued on ... Read More
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