Latitude 33°55'24"S Longitude 150°59'25"E

   
ACQUISITION On loan from R.A.A.F.

 

COMMISSIONED 18 Nov 1944 (at Ludham)
29 January 1945 (at Bankstown)

 

PAID OFF 31 Mar 1946

 

CLOSED Returned to R.A.A.F.
   
C.O. Commander E.P.F. Atkinson, R.N.

18 Nov 1944 to 31 March 1946

   
FUNCTION Receipt and Despatch Unit

R.N. Air Radio Maintenance Group (Australia)

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station

Bankstown Airport,

Sydney,

New South Wales,

Australia

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies on the E. bank of the George River, 2 miles W. of Bankstown, a western suburb  of Sydney. Liverpool lies 2 miles to the  W.
LANDMARKS  

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS  Road to Liverpool, distant  4 miles (R), where there is rail connymi8cation with Sydney. A road runs E. to Bankstown, 3¾ miles (R), also with railway to Sydney.
   
   
CONTROL Control Building in the centre of the W. side of the landing area.

 

ELEVATION 25' above M.S.L.

 

LANDING AREA Irregular grass surface. Liable to become soft in patches after heavy rain, bur firm again within 24 hours.

 

Extensions allow for two runs, NE/SW and NW/SE both of 2000 yds.

 

TRACKS None.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation None.
Circuit  None.
Approach Building area on N. side of landing area.

 

APPROACH No special approach recommended.

 

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

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F  R.A.A.F. type not known.
Beacons Not known.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night Not known.
APPROACH - RADIO  
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F  R.A.A.F. type not known.
VH/F  R.A.A.F. type not known.

 

GROUND RADAR None.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters

 

Capacity:

Officers: 41
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 997
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  24 a/c pens and 12 hardstandings.

 

HANGARS Hangars on N. side of landing area.
Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
6 x Bellman 114' x 96' 27' 4" 95'
 2 x B1 275' x 123' 27' 123
Note: Does not include miscellaneous hangars used for aircraft assembly and workshops.
 
MEDICAL Not known.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Not known.

 

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

 

TEST BUTT Not known.

 

WORKSHOPS  
EXPLOSIVES Not known.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  

None.

   
   
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

 
723

 

 
724

 

 
1701

 

 
1830  
1833  
1834  
1836  

 

 

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Click here for a list of Primary sources


Additional sources:

History of Bankstown airport commissioned by BAL April 2006 2 Understanding the Place

http://lockoweb.com/bknarchive/02Bankstown - History.pdf

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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