Latitude 31°18'39"N  Longitude 30°03'13"E

   
ACQUISITION Lodger facility for an RN Air Section on RAF station during WW2.

 

OPENED/FIRST USED 16 September  1935.

 

COMMISSIONED 06 October 1940 as HMS NILE II.

 

PAID OFF  

 

CLOSED May 1942?.

 

   
C.O./O.I.C. Commander (P) R.A. Kilroy

Lt. Commander G.A. Nunneley 01 Oct 1940

   
FUNCTION Support of disembarked squadrons

RN Night Fighter Unit.

 

ADDRESS  R.N. Air Section,
RAF Station Aboukir,
Egypt

 

LOCALITY

located on Abu Qir Peninsula, with Abu Qir Bay to the east, 34 miles (R) northeast of Alexandria Harbour and 53 miles northwest of RNAS Dekhelia.

 

LANDMARKS  

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS  
   
   
CONTROL Not known.

 

ELEVATION  ?' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS/LANDING AREA
--/-- QDM. ---˚----˚ .... --- x -- yds. 

 

TRACKS  
   
OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation  
Circuit  
Approach  
APPROACH  

 

WIND INDICATOR  
   
   
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 Not Known.

 

APPROACH - RADIO Not Known.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F  ?transmitters,  ? receivers.
VH/F  ? transmitters,  ? receivers.

 

GROUND RADAR 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  

 

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

 
700

 

(Mediterranean) Squadron

Moved here from RNAS Dekhelia in January 1940. Moved to RAF St. Jean D'Acr8 16.04.42

Operated with Swordfish & Walrus. (Responsible for all FAA A/C disembarked in the Middle East so may have encountered other types).


711 (Catapult) Squadron

Moved here from RAF Kalafrana 19.08.39. Disbanded into 700 Squadron 21.01.40.

Operated Walrus.


775

 

Communications Flt

Operated as a detachment from the parent unit based at RNAS Dekhelia ??.02.46 to 15.05.46.

Operated Oxfords.


801 Fleet Fighter Squadron

Disembarked from HMS FURIOUS 11-22.02.37

Equipped with Ospreys.


802 Fleet Fighter Squadron

Moved here from RNAS Dekhelia 05.07.39 returned RNAS Dekhelia 20.07.39

Moved here from RNAS Dekhelia  17.11.39 moved to RAF Hal Far 02.12.39

Equipped with Sea Gladiators.


803 Fleet Fighter Squadron

Detachment put ashore from HMS FORMIDABLE 11-15.03.41

Disembarked from HMS FORMIDABLE 24-27.03.41

Disembarked from HMS FORMIDABLE 30.03.41 t0 18.04.41

Disembarked from HMS FORMIDABLE 12.05.41 moved to RNAS Dekhelia 27.05.41


805 Two Seat Fighter Squadron

Reformed at R.N. Air Section Aboukir 01.01.41 equipped with 12 aircraft mainly Fulmar Is and some Buffalos. Moved to RNAS Dekhelia 05.02.41


806 Fleet Fighter Squadron

Disembarked from HMS ILLUSTRIOUS 14 - 24.11.40

Disembarked from HMS ILLUSTRIOUS  01 - 11.12.40 Det (3) remained ashore until 16.12.40

Equipped with Sea Gladiator and Fulmar I. Then re-equipped with Sea Hurricane and Fulmar II.

Further detachment (?) present by 0202.05.41

Further detachment (3) disembarked from HMS FORMIDABLE 16 - 27.03.41

Disembarked from HMS FORMIDABLE 24 - 27.03.41

Disembarked from HMS FORMIDABLE 30.03.41 Majority re-embarked 18.04.41 leaving unknown detachments operating ashore until squadron disembarked 12 - 2505.41

Disembarked from HMS FORMIDABLE 27.05.41. Moved to RAF Mersa Matruh 16.06.41.


810 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from HMS COURAGEOUS 16 - 18.09.35

Detachment (3) from HMS COURAGEOUS 02 - 10.10.35

Disembarked from HMS COURAGEOUS 17.01.36 re-embarking COURAGEOUS20.02.36.

Equipped with Baffin.


811 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Detachment (?) disembarked from HMS FURIOUS 11 - 22.02.37

Equipped with Swordfish.


812 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from HMS GLORIOUS 16 - 18.09.35

Disembarked from HMS GLORIOUS 130.11.35 Re-embarked  GLORIOUS 16.12.35

Disembarked from HMS GLORIOUS 18.06.36 Re-embarked  GLORIOUS  23.07.36

Equipped with Baffin.


815 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from HMS ILLUSTRIOUS 12-15.09.40

Disembarked from HMS ILLUSTRIOUS 19 - 2809.40.

Equipped with Swordfish.


820 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from HMS COURAGEOUS 03 - 09.10.35.

Disembarked from HMS COURAGEOUS 22.11.35. Re-embarked 12.12.35

Disembarked from HMS COURAGEOUS 20.02.10.36.

Personnel departed for UK 01.08.36 on Troopship NEUALIA

Equipped with Baffin.


821 Spotter, Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from HMS COURAGEOUS 21 12.35 to 02.01.36

Disembarked from HMS COURAGEOUS 19 - 20.02.36.

Equipped with Seal.


822 Spotter, Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from HMS FURIOUS 08 - 22.02.37

Equipped with Seal.


823

 

Spotter, Reconnaissance Squadron

'A' Flt disembarked from HMS COURAGEOUS 02 - 10.10.35.

'B' Flt disembarked from HMS GLORIOUS 05.09.35

Whole squadron embarked in HMS GLORIOUS 17.10.35

'A' Flt disembarked from HMS GLORIOUS 22.11.35 re-embarking GLORIOUS 04.12.35

B' Flt disembarked from HMS GLORIOUS 06.12.35 re-embarking GLORIOUS 16.12.35

Whole squadron disembarked from HMS GLORIOUS 27.02.36 re-embarking GLORIOUS 10.03.36

Disembarked from HMS GLORIOUS 19 - 31.03.36

Disembarked from HMS GLORIOUS 08.05.36 re-embarking GLORIOUS18.06.36

Moved here from RAF Hal Far 02.09.36 Embarked in HMS GLORIOUS 09.09.36

Equipped with Seal.


825 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Det (6) disembarked from HMS GLORIOUS 21.09.38 to 01.10.38

Det (6) disembarked from HMS GLORIOUS 28.03.39 to 01.05.39

Equipped with Swordfish.


 

 

RAF station Aboukir was first utilised for Fleet Air Arm use during the Abyssinian cries of 1935 when the Baffins of 812  and  Seals of 825 squadrons form HMS GLORIOUS were put ashore while the ship entered port at Alexandria. These were soon followed by squadrons from HMS COURAGEOUS which continued to visit the station through 1936.HMS FURIOUS disembarked squadrons at the start of 1937. Aircraft from these three Fleet Carriers were supported ashore at Aboukir until the outbreak of the Second World War when RAF Aboukir made space available for an R.N. Air Section to lodge on the site.

 

No. 711 (Catapult) Squadron moved here from RAF Kalafrana on August 19th 1939

to support its embarked flights when their ships were in Egyptian ports. This squadron was disbanded ion January 21st 1940 becoming No. 700 (Mediterranean) Squadron when all catapult Flights/Squadrons were combined into a single squadron. 700 Squadron was responsible for supporting all disembarked catapult flights in the Middle East, it moved to RAF St. Jean D'Acr8 in April 1942.

 

On New Year's Day 1941 805 was reformed as a Two Seater Fighter Squadron equipped with 12  Fulmar Is but received some Brewster Buffalo single seat fighters. After working up the squadron moved to RNAS Dekhelia on February 5th. Squadrons from HMS ILLUSTRIOUS made use of the station during 1040, and HMS FURIOUS during 1941.

 

With the departure of &00 Squadron in April 1942 the RN Air Section was unused and was probably withdrawn later that year. Aboukir would only house one more FAA unit, in February 1946 a communications flight, part of 775 Fleet Requirements Unit at RNAS Dekhelia began operating Oxfords from here. It was withdrawn on May 15th 1946.

 


 

 

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Above: RAF station Aboukir c. late 1930s with what appears to be a 'C' type hanger.

 

Above and Below: RAF station Aboukir before redevelopment showing its WW1 buildings and layout.

 

 

 

 

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