Latitude 12°15'16"S Longitude 49°15'09"E

   
ACQUISITION Captured Vichy French airfield..

 

OPENED/FIRST USED Not known.

 

COMMISSIONED 24 May 1942 'on books of IRONCLAD'.

 

PAID OFF 16 September 1943 transferred to RAF control.

 

   
O.I.C.  Lt. Commander (A) (P) T.R. Koeller RNVR 24.3.43
   
FUNCTION  Support of one disembarked squadron.

 

ADDRESS  R.N. Air Section

R.A.F. Station Andrakaka

Diego Suarez

Madagascar

 

LOCALITY

 The airfield lies in the SE corner of the Andrakaka Peninsula on the Island of Madagascar.

 

LANDMARKS Not known.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Not known.
   
   
CONTROL Not known.

 

ELEVATION  200' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS One.


31/13 QDM. ---° ----° .... 2,700 x 50 yds. ?

 

TRACKS Not known.
   
OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation None.
Circuit Not known.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH No special approach recommended.

 

WIND INDICATOR Not known.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F Not Known.
Beacons Not Known.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
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

Capacity:

Officers: Not known.
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: Not known.
W.R.N.S. Officers: None.
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; None.

 

ARMOURIES Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE Not known.

 

DISPERSAL Not known.

 

HANGARS  
Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width

Not known.

     
       
       
       
 
MEDICAL Not known.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Not known.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Not known.
M/T: Not known.
Oil : Not known.
TEST BASE  
TEST BUTT Not known.

 

WORKSHOPS Not known.

 

VISITORS Not known.

 

EXPLOSIVES Not known.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGESl 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

 
 

 

No recorded squadron use.

 

 

PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 

Captured Vichy French airfield that was to be developed for the Admiralty as a Naval Air Station but was transferred to the Royal Air Force on completion. No record of any use by Fleet Air Arm squadrons.

 

While under construction the station was borne on the books of H.M.S. IRONCLAD, the local Naval Base in Diego Suarez.  It is believed the Admiralty retained lodger facilities from the R.A.F. but the option was never taken up.

 

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