Latitude 052°43'59"N Longitude  02°32'39"W

   
ACQUISITION Temporarily loaned by arrangement with Air Ministry from April 1944

 

COMMISSIONED April 1944

 

CLOSED February 1945

 

FUNCTION Relief Landing Ground used as satellite to R.N.A.S. Hinstock for Instrument Flying Training.

 

ADDRESS R.A.F. Station, Bratton.

Wellington,

Shropshire

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies 2 miles NE. of Wellington, 6½ miles SSW. of R.N.A.S. Hinstock and 8 miles E. of Shrewsbury.

 

LANDMARKS The Wrekin, 1335' 4 miles S.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Railway stations at Crudington 5 miles G.W.R. and Wellington 2 miles L.M.S.
   
   
CONTROL None.

 

ELEVATION  191' above M.S.L.

 

LANDING AREA Grass.


NE-SW maximum run 900 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 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 Not permanently manned by RN personnel.

 

ARMOURIES None.

 

COMPASS BASE None.

 

DISPERSAL None. A/C parked on edges of the landing area.

 

HANGARS  
Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
5 x Blister 65' x 45'    
       
MEDICAL Not known

 

METEOROLOGICAL Not known

 

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

 

TEST BUTT None.

 

WORKSHOPS None.

 

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

 
758 Naval Advanced Instrument Flying Training Unit.

Moved to RNAS Hinstock from RNAS Donibristle on 15 August 1942 as the Beam Approach School, title later changed to the Blind Approach School, and finally (by April 1943) to the Naval Advanced Instrument Flying School. Initially operating Oxfords with Anson, Reliant, Tiger Moth, and Wellington XIs being added during 1943; the Wellingtons were withdrawn by the end of 1943 and Harvard IIbs, and later Harvard IIIs, were added to the strength.  By 1944 Squadron strength increased to over 100 aircraft, mainly Oxfords, with smaller numbers of other types also in use. From 28 February 1945 the squadron began flying from RNAS Peplow, Hinstock's satellite airfield; on 18 March 1946 the squadron absorbed part of Ifo.798 Squadron, but was itself disbanded on 14 May 1946, to become 'B' Flight of 780 Squadron.


 

 

 

Opened as a grass Satellite Landing Ground for R.A.F Shawbury in October 1940. It later became the satellite for R.A.F. Tern Hill in January 1944. The small airfield had very basic facilities, 5 Blister hangars and concrete hardstandings. The site had limited accommodation for R.A.F. personnel but was not manned by the RN.

 

The  Admiralty was granted use of the station from April 1944 and it was Used by aircraft form 758 Naval Advanced Instrument Flying Training Squadron at R.N.A.S. Hinstock. The need for the station as a satellite ended in February 1945 when R.A.F. Peplow was transferred to the Admiralty as a Satellite to RNAS Hinstock.

 

R.A.F. Bratton was  closed by July 1945.

 


 

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