Latitude 53°35'37"N Longitude 02°52'10"W

   
ACQUISITION  

 

COMMISSIONED 01 September 1943

 

CLOSED May 1946

 

PAID OFF 15 June 1946 to Care and Maintenance Status

Transferred to Admiralty Dockyards department 05.05.55

 

   
C.O. Commander (A) J.F. W. C. Hawkins (act) Sept 43
   
FUNCTION Day and night fighter facilities. Torpedo facilities.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station

Burscough

Nr. Ormskirk

Lancashire

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies adjacent W of the village of Burscough, and on the NW. side of the main road running SW, to Ormskirk, distant 1 mile. Liverpool, at the mouth of the Mersey, lies 10 miles SW.

 

LANDMARKS Liverpool Bay, the town of Liverpool and the Mersey river. The airfield lies in the western fork of the right-angle intersection of two railways. The Leeds Liverpool canal running E/W close N. of the airfield and having a branch running NE, from a junction close S. of the railway intersection.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Main road to Ormskirk and Liverpool, forming the SE. boundary of the airfield. Railway stations at Burscough Bridge 1 mile NE., Burscough Junction and Ormskirk on L.M.S. line to Liverpool. Stores requiring use of crane should be sent to Burscough Bridge station, others to Burscough junction.
   
   
CONTROL Control Building outside the perimeter track, on the E. side of the landing area.

Keeps watch on Naval safety wavelength.

Grounds signals area immediately N. of the Control building.

 

ELEVATION  78' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Four, tarmac.


03/21 QDM. 035° -215° .... 1.000 x30 yds. 

08/26 QDM. 080° -260° .... 1.240 x 30 yds. 

12/30 QDM. 121° -301° .... 1,000 x 30 yds. 

17/35 QDM. 170° -350° ....1,000 x 30 yds. 

 

TRACKS  49' perimeter track.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation None.
Circuit  None.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH No special approach recommended.

 

WIND INDICATOR  Windsocks on the W. side of the landing area inside the perimeter track, and onside the intersection of the runways on the E, side.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F  One H/F. V/HF. (to be fitted )
Beacons  YG.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night  Airfield lighting (Naval) and R.A.F. Angle of Approach installed.

 

APPROACH - RADIO Not known.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F One line M/F.

4T lines H/F.

VH/F  To be fitted

 

GROUND RADAR  Intermediate G.C.I.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters in two camps. No.1 close outside the airfield to the NE. and No.2 immediately S. on the Ormskirk road.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 189
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 1,204
W.R.N.S. Officers: 15
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 355

 

ARMOURIES  To accommodate 4 squadrons.

 

COMPASS BASE  Two,. tarmac. Diameter 70ft.

 

DISPERSAL  3 A/C standings off the perimeter track, near the Control building.

 

HANGARS Dispersed around the perimeter track.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
 18 x Mains (Squadron)  60' x 70' 17'  55'
 14 x Mains (Storage)  60' x 70' 17'  55'
 1 x Pentad  (A.R.S. )  185' x 110'  25'  110'
 1 x Pentad (reserve servicing)  185' x 110'  25'  110'
 
MEDICAL  Sick bay in the station area on the E. side of the airfield.

 

METEOROLOGICAL  Office in the Control building. Full meteorological servicer by Naval personnel available.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: 68,000 gallons.
M/T: 4.000 gallons.
Oil : 4.000 gallons.
   
TEST BASE  A/C Radar test base available.

 

TEST BUTT  Test butt and 25 yd. range for M.G., N. of landing area near hangars.

 

WORKSHOPS  A.R.s. and Reserve Servicing hangars listed above. Workshops to 4 -0 6 squadron scale.

 

EXPLOSIVES  Explosives area on the NW. side of the airfield. Practice stocks to provision 1 T.B.R. and 4 F.R. squadrons.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  

Air to air

 One
   
   
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

 
707

 

 
735

 

 
737

 

 
738  
772

 

 
776

 

 
784

 

 
787

 

 
798

 

 
802  
807  
808  
809  
810  
812  
813  
822  
823  
824  
825  
829  
831  
835  
846  
850  
879  
881  
886  
887  
888  
894  
896  
897  
1770  
1771  
1772  
1790  
1791  
1820  
1836  
1837  
1838  
1840  

 

 

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