Latitude 51°39'34"N Longitude 01°13'37"W

   
ACQUISITION  

 

COMMISSIONED 01 November  1944

 

CLOSED  In Care and maintenance Status 1954 - 59

 

PAID OFF  30 May 1953 to Reserve Airfield Status

 

   
C.O.  Captain J.H.I. Wood 01.11.44
   
FUNCTION  Receipt and Despatch Unit No.2

No.1 Ferry Flight

739 Squadron, S.R.P.D.U.

1832 R.N.V.R. (Air) Squadron

All Weather Airfield

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,

Culham,

Abingdon,

Berkshire

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies 5. miles S. of Oxford and 1 mile ENE. of the village of Culham. Abingdon lies 2 miles NNW. Didcot junction lies 3 miles S.

 

LANDMARKS The town of Oxford on the Isis, which river forms a loop around the airfield to the N., W. and S. as it flows SE.  to join the Thames. Didcot junction where a line running N/S., intersects the miin London-Bristol W.R. Line.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Main roads connect with Oxford, 8½ miles (R) and Didcot 5 miles (R). Culham station on the Oxford-Didcot line, lies at the SW. corner oaf the airfield

 

   
   
CONTROL Control Building inside rte perimeter track on the N, side of the landing area, Keeps watch 0900-0600.

 

ELEVATION 190' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Three, concrete.
          Extensibility
06/24

QDM. 060° -240°

1200 x 30 yds.  1400 }  Agricultural

objections.

Road diversion

10/28

QDM. 103° -283°

1400 x 30 yds. 1700 }
17/35

QDM. 168° -348°

1200 x 30 yds. 1500 }
       
TRACKS 40' perimeter tracks.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation None.
Circuit None
Approach None.
   
APPROACH Recommended l approach sector, mean QDM. 080°

 

WIND INDICATOR Windsocks, one E. of Control Building, and one outside the perimeter track at the NW, corner.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.
HOMING--RADIO    
D/F None.
Beacons Y.G. and 251MS.
APPROACH - VISUAL    
By day None.
By night None.
   
APPROACH - RADIO None.

 

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

 

CALL SIGNS R/T CULHAM
W/T MHI
Identity letters CH
   
GROUND RADAR None.

 

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters in two camp sites on the M. side of the airfield.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 76
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 724
W.R.N.S. Officers: 6
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 188

 

ARMOURIES Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE Three, concrete. diameters 70'

 

DISPERSAL 8 A/C standings dispersed round the perimeter track. Aircraft Despatch Park close NE. of Control Building.

 

HANGARS Dispersed around the perimeter track.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
18 x Pentad 185' x 105' 25' 105'
14 x Fromson 70 x 92' 17' 55'
       
MEDICAL Sick Quarters between camp sites on the N. side of the airfield.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Office in Control Building,. Service by Naval personnel. 0900-1600.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: 32.000 gallons on two installations of 167.000 gallons each.
M/T: 4.000 gallons on two installations of 2.000 gallons each.
Oil : 4,000 gallons in two installations of 2.000 gallons each,
   
TEST BASE Five A/C test bases available.

 

TEST BUTT Four covered test buitts on he W. and NE. and E. sides of the airfield.

 

WORKSHOPS Workshops to special scale (4-6 squadron standard).

 

VISITORS Visitors parking area on W. side of Control Building.

 

EXPLOSIVES Not known.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES None.
   
   
Information taken from CB 4368 B. Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Aug. 45 & 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

 
739

 

S.R.P.D.U.
812  
1830 R.N.V.R. (Air) Squadron
1832 R.N.V.R. (Air) Squadron
1832A R.N.V.R. (Air) Squadron
1832B R.N.V.R. (Air) Squadron
1835 R.N.V.R. (Air) Squadron
1836 R.N.V.R. (Air) Squadron
1840 R.N.V.R. (Air) Squadron

 

 

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