Latitude 52°29'22"N Longitude 01°23'53"W

   
ACQUISITION Transferred from No.4 Group RAF to Admiralty 01 December1946

 

COMMISSIONED 03 December 1946 as H.M.S. Gamecock.

 

PAID OFF 10 November 1958

 

CLOSED 10 November 1958 transferred to the Army.
   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION Air Mechanic Part 3 Training.

P.E.M. (Air)-Flight Servicing Course.

No. 1833 Squadron R.N.V.R.

Instructional Technique Course.

No. 1 M.W.U.

A.T.C. Gliding School.

Contact Airfield.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,

Bramcote,

Nuneaton,

Warwickshire

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies 18 miles E. of Birmingham, 51 miles NE of Coventry and 24 miles SE. of Nuneaton. Rugby is 81 miles SE. and Bramcote Sanatorium adjacent NNW.

 

LANDMARKS Radio masts 820' high 12 miles SE.
The bend in the Watling Street (Road A.5) is 3 miles E.
The Ashby-dc-la-Zouch Canal within I mile of the airfield's NW. boundary.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Main road to Nuneaton 31 miles (R) and Coventry 91 miles (R).

Passengers and goods to Nuneaton, Trent Valley, Station M.R. Railway 41 miles (R) on the main line Euston to Glasgow.

   
   
CONTROL Control Building on N. side of landing area. Keeps watch o800-1500 Mondays to Fridays.

 

ELEVATION 378' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Three, Sommerfeld tracking.

 

03/21 QDM. 030° -210° .... 1600 x 50 yds.
08/26 QDM. 08-265° .... 1400 X 50 yds.
13/31 QDM. 126° -306° .... 1400 x 50 yds.

 

TRACKS Perimeter track varying from 20' to 45' in width.

 

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 VH/F
Beacons Y.G.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night Airfield lighting MK.II.

 

APPROACH - RADIO None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F 2 transmitters, 2 receivers
VH/F 4 transmitters, 2 receivers

 

CALL SIGNS  R/T      BRAMCOTE
W/T GZB
Identity Letters BC (later BR)
   
GROUND RADAR

None.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters n camp 1/4 mile N. of landing area.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 88
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 1,340
W.R.N.S. Officers: 4
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 120

 

ARMOURIES Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE One 70' diameter.

 

DISPERSAL 30 hardstandings dispersed round perimeter.

 

HANGARS

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
5 x Type "C" 300' x 150' 35' 150'
       
MEDICAL Sick Quarters in main site.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Limited service by Naval personnel.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: 144,000 gallons in 2 installations.
M/T: Not known.
Oil : Not known.
   
TEST BASE Not known.

 

TEST BUTT 25 yd. range for M.G.

 

WORKSHOPS Yes, both training and squadron support, details not known

 

VISITORS Not Known.

 

EXPLOSIVES Not Known.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES None
   
   
Information taken from B.R. 1807. Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Dec. 48

 

 

 

List of first and second line squadrons, station flight and other flying units based at this location

 
801

 

Two Seat Fighter Squadron

Detachment (7) operated here 09- 15.06.48 from RNAS Anthorn.

Equipped with Sea Hornet F.20s.


813 Single Seat Fighter Squadron

Moved here from RNAS Anthorn 09 .06.48, returned to RNAS Anthorn 12.06.48

Equipped with 12 Firebrand TF.5s.


815 Anti Submarine Squadron

Moved here from RNAS Eglinton 09.07.54. Returned to RNAS Eglinton 12.07.54.

Equipped with Avenger AS.5s.


1833 RNVR (Air) Fighter squadron

Reformed herd 14.08.47 with 6 Seafire F.17. Re-equipped June 1952 with Seafire FR.47s.

Further re-equipped February 1964 with Sea Fury FB.11s. and finally 7 Supermarine Attackers in October 1955.

Moved to R.A.F. Honiley 23.10.55


1844 RNVR (Air) Anti-Submarine squadron

Reformed here 15.02.54 with 6 Firefly Mk. 5. Re-equipped with Firefly Mk. 6 in December 1955 and finally receiving Avenger AS. 5s in March 1956.

Disbanded here 10.03.57.


 

 

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