Latitude 55°25'10"N Longitude 05°40'05"W

   

 

ACQUISITION Civilian airfield requisitioned by the Admiralty 12.4.1940

 

COMMISSIONED 1.6.1940 as a satellite of RNAS Donibristle 'on books of MERLIN'.

1.4.1941 commissioned as LANDRAIL

15.6.41 Commissioned as LANDRAIL II

PAID OFF Mid 1945

 

   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION Satellite to R.N. Air Station, Donibristle, later became satellite to R.N. Air Station, Machrihanish.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,

Campeltown,
Argyll.

Scotland

 

LOCALITY

The airfield is situated in Kintyre, 8½i miles N.N.E. of the Mull of Kintyre and 2 miles W. of Campbeltown.
R.N.A.S. Machrihanish lies If miles N.W.

 

LANDMARKS The Mull of Kintyre.
Campbeltown Loch with the town of the same name at its head. Machrihanish Water passes within 200 yds. of the S.E., E. and N. boundaries.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Main road from the airfield to Campbeltown and to R.N.A.S. Machrihanish. At Campbeltown there is a small harbour and pier with a depth of-12 ft. alongside.
No rail communication. (See Machrihanish.)

 

   
   
CONTROL Watch Office on the S.W. side of the landing area.

Ground signals Not normally displayed.

 

ELEVATION  38' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS None.

 

LANDING AREA Irregular. N.N.W./S.S.E., 770 yds. E.N.E./W.S.W., 850 yds. Grass surface ; the field is liable to bog seriously in wet weather on a line drawn E./W. through the centre.


 

 

TRACKS  
OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Mountainous country to N. and S. with summit (1,462 ft.) 4½ miles S.W.
Circuit W/T. masts, 90 ft. high, on rising ground at the transmitting station 1¼ miles W.S.W. of the Watch Office.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH Not known.

 

WIND INDICATOR Windsock can be displayed near the Watch Office.
   
   
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  
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F Not known
VH/F Not known
   
GROUND RADAR None

 

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Two Nissen huts S. of the Machrihanish-Campbeltown Road.

Station personnel living quarters at R.N.A.S. Machrihanish

 

Capacity:

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

 

ARMOURIES Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE None.

 

DISPERSAL 7 Double pens dispersed around the landing area.

 

HANGARS Dispersed around the landing area.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
4 (Squadron) 60' x 70' 17'  55'
 
MEDICAL Facilities by arrangement with R.N.A.S. Machrihanish.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Meteorological information is obtained from Machrihanish.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: } No storage. Supply by bowsers from R.N.A.S. Machrihanish.
M/T: }
Oil : }
 
TEST BASE Not known.

 

TEST BUTT Not known.

 

WORKSHOPS Not known.

 

VISITORS Not known.

 

EXPLOSIVES Explosives area along the N.W. boundary.

 

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

 
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