Latitude 55°28'26"N  Longitude  04°35'45"W

   
ACQUISITION Transferred on loan from R.A.F. No.13 Group 06 September 19444.

 

COMMISSIONED 20 October 1944 as "WAGTAIL" - accounts on 'Books of SANDERLING'.

 

Independent command 01 November 1944, accounts remained on 'Books of SANDERLING'.

 

PAID OFF 10 March 1946 to Care & Maintenance Status administered by R.N.A.S. Abbotsinch.

 

CLOSED  
   
C.O. Commander (A) H.L. McCullock 06.09.44
   
FUNCTION Bombardment Spotting School. No.3 Barracuda Servicing Unit. Flag Officer Carrier Training Squadron. No. 772 Fleet Requirements Unit. Accommodation for disembarked squadrons. Accommodation for two R.A.F. Squadrons.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station

Hathfield.

Ayr,

Scotland

 

LOCALITY The airfield lies ¾ mile from the coast on the outskirts of Prestwick (NW,) and Ayr (SW.). Troon lies 4 miles NNW. and Glasgow 24 miles NNE.

 

LANDMARKS The town and harbour of Troon; the River Ayr, passing 1 mile S. of the airfield and entering the sea through the town of Ayr at a point 1½ miles SW. Ayr racecourse lies 1 mile SSW. and the large R.A.F. airfield of Prestwick 1¾ miles N.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Main toad to Ayr. about 2 miles (by road). Auchincriive station, ½ mile to E, (By road), and Ayr railway station. about 2½ miles SW. (By road). Connections to Kilmarnock and Mauchline for the main Glasgow - London line.

 

   
CONTROL Control Building SE. of intersection of runways 00/18 and 06/24, with full Type 1 flying control.

 

SIGNALS Ground signals area NW. of Control building.

 

ELEVATION 50' above M.S.L

 

RUNWAYS Three, Tarmac and asphalt.


06/24 QDM. 065˚-245˚ .... 1,600 x 50 yds. 

00/19 QDM. 004˚-184˚ .... 1,380 x50 yds. 

13/31 QDM. 131˚-311˚ .... 1,200 x 50 yds.

 

TRACKS A 50 ft. tarmac perimeter track connects all runways. Grades and radii are poor in places. Taxi tracks and dispersal tracks to hard standings, hangars. etc., are 35 ft. wide.
   
OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation None. R.A.F. Prestwick retains flying control over all aircraft at Ayr.
Circuit Chimneys, 200 frt., 1 mile S.
Approach All clear, with exception of slight rising gradient at NW., end of runway 13/31.

 

APPROACH No special approach recommended.

 

WIND INDICATOR Windsock on E. side of landing area.

 

NIGHT FLYING Drem Mark II airfield lighting; outer circle light shared with Prestwick.
   
   
HOMING—VISUAL By day - None.
By night - Sandra lights.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F - Yes, details not known.
Beacons - Yes, details not known.

 

APPROACH—VISUAL By day - None.
By night - Drem Mark II airfield lighting; outer circle light shared with Prestwick.

 

APPROACH—RADIO R.A.F. beam approach installation.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F H/F provided on temporary basis.
VH/F Three channels

 

GROUND RADAR None.

   

   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters in 'Lang' and 'Nissen' construction on 10 dispersed sites, 1,000/2,000 yds S. of the airfield.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 195
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 1,206
W.R.N.S. Officers: 17
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 350

 

ARMOURIES Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE One, diameter 60'.

 

DISPERSAL 16 double pens; 6 hard standings.

 

HANGARS Three hangars in workshop are. 1 R.A.F. Bellman in dispersed site NE of airfield. 17 Over blisters in squadron areas.
 
Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
3 x Unknown 180' x 90'  ?
1 x Bellman 250' x 95' 26' 90'
17 x Over blisters. 69' x 45' - -
 
MEDICAL Two dispersed sick quarters approximately 1.500 yards S. of airfield.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Full service available by Naval personnel.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Two installations of 72,.000 and 36.000 gallons respectively.
M/T: 5,000 gallons.
Oil : Not known.
   
TEST BASE Not known.

 

TEST BUTT M.G. and Cannon.

 

WORKSHOPS Not known.

 

VISITORS Not known.

 

EXPLOSIVES Not known.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

 

Not known.

Air to ground:

One.

Air to air:

One.
R.P. Range: At Machrihanish.
   
   
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

 
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Click here for a list of Primary sources

 

Additional sources:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:
2122/44 R.N. Air Station, Ayr - I Commissioning
2174/44 Naval Air Station, Ayr - Special Restrictions.
5846/44 R.N. Air Station, Ayr - Independent command.
2368/46 R.N. Air Station, Ayr (H.M.S. "Wagtail") - Reduction to Care and Maintenance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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