Latitude 52°26'07"N Longitude 01°36'18"E

   
ACQUISITION  Lodger facilities from R.A.F. No.16 Group. Transferred on loan in July 1945.

 

COMMISSIONED  01 July 1945

 

PAID OFF To Care and Maintenance Status ?

 

CLOSED 18 July 1953?

 

   
C.O.  Captain J.H.I. Wood
   
FUNCTION  Satellite airfield to R.N.A.S. Halesworth.

 

ADDRESS  R.N. Air Station

Beccles,

Nr. Lowestoft,

Suffolk

 

LOCALITY

 The airfield lies 5 mile SE of Lowestoft.

 

LANDMARKS  The River Waveney.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS  Railway station at Beccles L.N.E.R.
   
   
CONTROL Not known.

 

ELEVATION  50' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Three, Tarmac.


09/28 QDM. 099° -279° .... 2,000 x 50 yds. 

17/25 QDM. 172° -248° .... 1,400 x 50 yds.

23/04 QDM. 226° -046° .... 1,400 x 50 yds.

 

TRACKS  
   
OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation None.
Circuit  None.
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: (based on RAF manning)

Officers: 115
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 2.552
W.R.N.S. Officers: 3
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 24

 

ARMOURIES  Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE  Not known.

 

DISPERSAL  50 loop hardstands.

 

HANGARS Hangars
Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
 2 x T.2  135' 5" x 113' 6 25' 113' 6"  
       
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  Not known.

 

EXPLOSIVES  Not known.

 

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

 
762

 

Twin Engine Conversion Unit

Possible daily usage by aircraft from this unit operating out of R.N.A.S. Halesworth, between 03.12.45 and 15.01.46.


798 Advanced Single .Engine Conversion & Refresher Flying Training Unit..

Possible daily usage by aircraft from this unit operating out of R.N.A.S. Halesworth, between 06.09.45 and 28.02.46


810 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron.

Moved here from R.A.F. Thorney Island 08.034.45 and operated under control of R.A.F. Coastal command. Moved to R.N.A.S. Machrihanish 08.08.45.

Equipped with 12 x Barracuda IIs.


827 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron.

Disembarked from H.M.S. FURIOUS 15.09.44 and operated under No./ 16 group R.A.F. control until 28.10.44 when it moved to R.A.F. Langham.

Equipped with 18 Barracuda IIs.


 

 

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Built in 1943 for the U.S.A.A.F but never taken up.. The airfield soon came under control by RAF bomber command from early 1944. In august 1944 RAF coastal command took over.

Originally the RN had lodger rights from No.16 group but little use was made of this facility before the end of the war in Europe, only one squadron of Barracudas operating from Beccles for a five week period in September/October 1944. In late October 1944 the airfield was loaned to the Admiralty

 

There is some confusion over what status of the RN presence at Beccles - there is mention of the RN presence being 'on the Books of HORNBILL' and then later as being 'HORNBILL II' which seems an odd choice since 'H.M.S. HORNBILL was R.N.A.S. Culham in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire). Since Beccles was near to RNAS Halesworth (approx 11 miles by road) logic suggests that it should have been 'SPARROWHAWK II'...


 

 

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