Latitude 49š12'26"N Longitude  02š11'43"W

   
ACQUISITION  Requisitioned by the Admiralty March 1940
COMMISSIONED March 1940 - accounts borne on Books of 'KESTREL'
CLOSED 31 May 1940, Naval personnel evacuated
FUNCTION  
ADDRESS  R.N. Air Station, Jersey,

St. Peter,
Jersey,

Channel Islands

LOCALITY

The airport lies 4 miles WNW of St. Helier.
LANDMARKS The port of St. Helier 4 miles WNW.
ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS  
   
   
CONTROL Civilian ATC.
ELEVATION  53' above M.S.L.
LANDING AREA Grass.


Four landing runs

maximum run 980 yds. 

TRACKS None.
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  
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F  Not known
VH/F Not known
GROUND RADAR None

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Not known
ARMOURIES None.
COMPASS BASE None.
DISPERSAL None. A/C parked on edges of the landing area.
HANGARS
Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
Not known      
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


 

List of first and second line squadrons, station flight and other flying units based at this location

 
755 Telegraphist Air Gunner Training Squadron

Moved here from R.N.A.S. Worthy Down 11.03.40 Returned to R.N.A.S. Worthy Down31.05.40

Equipped with Proctor, Osprey and Shark aircraft.


763 Torpedo, Spotter, Reconnaissance Pool No.1

Moved here from R.N.A.S. Worthy Down 11.03.40 Moved to R.N.A.S. Lee-on-Solent 31.05.40

Equipped with 6 x Swordfish and  6 x Albacore.


816 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron.

Moved here for one weeks operations 04-11.06.40 from R.N.A.S. Ford.

Equipped with 9 x Swordfish.


826 Torpedo, Spotter, Reconnaissance Squadron

Moved here for one weeks operations from R.A.F. Bircham Newton 21-29.05.40

Equipped with 12 x  Albacore.


 

 

 

Opened as a civilian airport with grass landing area in March 1937, Jersey airport was taken over by the Admiralty early in March 1940 for use as a Naval Air Station, the accounts for naval personnel were borne on the books of 'KESTREL' at R N.A.S. Worthy Down.

Two training squadrons arrived on March 11th from. Worthy Down to take up residence, No.s 755 Telegraphist Air Gunner Training Squadron with a collection of Proctor, Osprey and Shark aircraft, and 763 squadron which was Torpedo, Spotter, Reconnaissance Pool No.1 with Albacores and Swordfish.

826 Torpedo, Spotter, Reconnaissance Squadron flew in from R.A.F. Bircham Newton on May21st for one weeks operations with their 12 Albacores, they returned to Bircham Newton on the 29th.

By this time German advances into France resulted in the British government deciding that the Channel Islands were not defendable and the new Fleet Air Arm facilities were to be withdrawn back to the mainland. 755 squadron departed for R.N.A.S. Worthy Down and 763 squadron for R.N.A.S. Lee-on-Solent on May31st, the R N Air Station was paid off on the same day.

One further Fleet Air Arm squadron was to briefly operate out of Jersey airport; the 9 Swordfish of 816 Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance Squadron flew in from R.N.A.S. Ford on June 4th for one weeks operations, staying until the 11th. On July 1st 1940 German forces landed on Jersey and occupied the Island


 

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