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Latitude 52°21'56"N Longitude 01°31'6"E

   
ACQUISITION  Lodger facilities from R.A.F. No.16 Group.

Transferred on loan 05.06.45 until October 1946.

COMMISSIONED  05 August 1945 as "SPARROWHAWK"
CLOSED  28 February 1946 reduced to Care and maintenance status.
PAID OFF  15 March 1946 - returned to R.A.f. custody on this date.
   
C.O.  Captain L.A.K. Boswell D.S.O.
   
FUNCTION  
ADDRESS  R.N. Air Station

Halesworth,

Suffolk.

LOCALITY

 The airfield lies 7‚½ miles W. of Southwold.
LANDMARKS  Wireless masts at Dersham, aprox 5 miles due S. of Halesworth water tower, appro 1,000 yds. SW of S end of no. 2 runway.
ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS  Railway station at Halesworth 2 vmiles, L.N.E.R.
   
   
CONTROL Control Building
ELEVATION  120' above M.S.L.
RUNWAYS Three, Concrete and wood chippings..


09/-- QDM. ---š-240š .... 2,000 x 50 yds. 

17/-- QDM. 172š-190-š .... 1,400 x 50 yds.

23/-- QDM. 226š-290š .... 1,400 x 50 yds.

TRACKS  Perimeter track connects ends of runways.
   
OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation None.
Circuit  None.
Approach None.
APPROACH No special approach recommended.
WIND INDICATOR  
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.
HOMING--RADIO D/F  
Beacons  
APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night  Airfield lighting Mk.II
APPROACH - RADIO  
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F  transmitters,  receivers.
VH/F   transmitters,   receivers.
GROUND RADAR  

 

 

   
ACCOMMODATION

Capacity (based on USAAF manning)

Officers............................................443
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings................... 2.529
W.R.N.S. Officers ..............................None.

W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings..... None.

ARMOURIES  Not known.
COMPASS BASE  Not known.
DISPERSAL  50 loop hardstands.
HANGARS Hangars
Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
 2 x T.2  135' 5" x 113' 6 25' 113' 6"  
MEDICAL  Not known.
METEOROLOGICAL  
FUEL AND OIL Aviation -  Not known.
M/T -  Not known.
Oil -  Not known.
TEST BASE  Not known.
TEST BUTT  Not known.
WORKSHOPS  Not known.
VISITORS  Not known.
EXPLOSIVES  Not known.
BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  Not known.

Air to air

 
Air to ground and R. p. Firing  
Live and practice bombing  
Practice bombing  

Assault training

 


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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Twin Engine Conversion Unit

 Moved here from R.N.A.S. Dale 03.12.45. Moved to R.N.A.S. Ford 15.01.46.

Operated Beaufort (I & T.II), Beaufighter II, Blenheim IV, Oxford, Wellington XI.


798 Advanced Single .Engine Conversion & Refresher Flying Training Unit.

Moved here from R.N.A.S. Lee-on-Solent 06.09.45. Moved to R.N.A.S. Peplow 28.02.46

Equipped with an assortment of aircraft which included Barracudas, Fireflies, Harvards, Seafires, and Tiger Moths.


 

 

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Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

4683/45 R.N. Air Station, Halesworth - Commissioning - R.N. Air Station, Hatston - Paying Off.

2371/46 R.N. Air Station, Halesworth (H.M.S. "Sparrowhawk") - Return to R/A/f/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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