Latitude 32°18'32"N  Longitude 64°51'06"W

   
ACQUISITION Transferred from R.A.F. to Admiralty charge 25 May 1939

 

COMMISSIONED 24 may 1939

 

CLOSED To Care and Maintenance 01 February 1944

 

PAID OFF  
   
O.I.C. (& C.O. 773 NAS) Lt. Cdr. (P) H. Wright 28.06.40

Lt. Cdr. (O) G.C.W. Fowler -.09.41

Lt. Cdr. (O) K.W. Beard -.07.43

   
FUNCTION Seaplane Station (capacity 12 A/C)

Fleet Requirements Unit - 773 Naval Air Squadron

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station

Boaz Island

Bermuda

 

LOCALITY

The R.N. Air Station lies on the E. side of Boaz I. the second of the string of islands running NE. from Hamilton, the main island of the Bermuda group on the W. side.

Hamilton, the capital, lies 4 miles ESE. and is connected with Boaz by ferry

 

LANDMARKS  

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS No rail access.
   
   
CONTROL no Control Building.

 

ELEVATION  ?' above M.S.L.

 

MARINE RUNWAYS Not known.

 

SLIPWAYS Two, large enough to handle Catalina Flying Boats

 

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 None.
Beacons None.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

APPROACH - RADIO None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F Not known.
VH/F Not known.

 

GROUND RADAR None.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION

Capacity:

Officers: 7
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 135
W.R.N.S. Officers: None.
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; None.

 

ARMOURIES One, scale not known.

 

COMPASS BASE None.

 

DISPERSAL Concrete apron capable of holding 4 Catalinas.

 

HANGARS Hangars

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
2- type unknown

each capable of housing 6 seaplanes with wings folded.

Unknown Unknown Unknown
 
MEDICAL Sick bay on site.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Not Known.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Not known.
M/T: Not known.
Oil : Not known.
   
TEST BASE None.

 

TEST BUTT None

 

WORKSHOPS Yes, limited squadron support.

 

   
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

 
718

 

Catapult Flight

Operated ship's flights from R.A.F. Bermuda between July 1936 and June 1940 when the squadron was absorbed into 700 Squadron.

Equipped withed 6 Walrus & 6 Seafox.


773 Fleet Requirements Unit

Formed here 03 June 1940.  Disbanded here 25 April 1944.

Equipped with Swordfish (FP), Walrus, Sea fox (FP), Roc & Roc (FP)


819 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron

Recorded as being at Bermuda, from HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, 28 June 1940. No further information. May be reference to R.A.F. Bermuda.

Equipped with 12 Swordfish Is.


 

 

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Additional sources:

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

1463/44 —R.N. Air Station, Bermuda— Reduction to Care and Maintenance

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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