Latitude 55˚04'28"N Longitude 06˚56'12"W

   
ACQUISITION Lodger facilities from R.A.F. 15 Group during 1944. 

Transferred to Admiralty from R.A.F. on loan 01 December 1045.

 

COMMISSIONED Carried on 'books of Gannet'

 

PAID OFF  Not known.

 

CLOSED Not known.

 

 

   
C.O./O.I.C.  Mot applicable.
   
FUNCTION  Station on War Reserve Status

Used briefly for ADDLs during the Korean War by aircraft from 737 squadron, part of the  Operational Flying Training School , RNAS Eglinton.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,

Limavady,

Londonderry,

Northern Ireland.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies 2 miles N. of the town of Limavady.

 

LANDMARKS  Lough Foyle.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS  Railway station at Limavady, 2 miles S.
   
   
CONTROL Control Building and ground signals area on the south edge of the landing area, inside the perimeter track.

 

ELEVATION  65' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Three, Tarmac on concrete
          Extensibility
00/18

QDM. 359° -179°

1,0690 x 50 yds. -
10/28

QDM. 097° -279°

1,530 x 50 yds. -
13/31

QDM. 133° -313°

1,370 x 50 yds. 1500

 

TRACKS  

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Hills 1260' 2 miles NE., 1100' 3 miles SE., 1298' 8 miles SW.
Circuit  None.
Approach None.
APPROACH No special approach recommended.
WIND INDICATOR  
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F Not known.
Beacons  Not known.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night  Airfield lighting Mk.II
APPROACH - RADIO  
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F Not known.

 

 
VH/F Not known.

 

GROUND RADAR  None.

 

 

   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters  in dispersed sites.

 

Capacity: Based on R.A.F. figures

Officers: 136
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 1,379
W.R.N.S. Officers: -
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; -

 

ARMOURIES  
COMPASS BASE  
DISPERSAL  24 x 25' concrete dial standings, 1 x 100' Tarmac, 24 x 75' Tarmac, 4 x 60' Tarmac, 3 x double E standings.

 

HANGARS Located at three sites, N. Se., and SW.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
 2 x T.2      
 3 x Bellman      
 6 x Blister      
       
 
MEDICAL  

 

METEOROLOGICAL  

 

FUEL AND OIL Aviation -  
M/T -  
Oil -  
TEST BASE  

 

TEST BUTT  

 

WORKSHOPS  

 

VISITORS  

 

EXPLOSIVES  Explosives site in NW corner of the airfield, adjacent to the '18' end of the 00/18 runway.

 

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

 
737

 

Flying training squadron - Part 2 Operational Flying Training course.

Carried out out Airfield Dummy Deck Landing training from RNAS Eglinton  beginning early in 1950.

Equipped with Seafire and Firefly


811 Torpedo Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from H.M.S. BITER 10.06.1944 to 14.07.1944

Disembarked from H.M.S. BITER 25.08.1944 Embarked in H.M.S. VINDEX 30.09.1944

Equipped with Swordfish II and Martlet Iv.


825 Torpedo Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron

Moved here from R.N.A.S. Machrihanish 29.09.1943. R.A.F. Mullaghmore 07.11.1943.

Equipped with 9 Swordfish. II and 6 Sea Hurricane IIc


846 Torpedo Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron

Disembarked from H.M.S. TRACKER 11.06.1944. Embarked in H.M.S. TRUMPETER 05.07.1944. Returned to Limavady 26.08.1944, moved to

Equipped with 12 Avenger II and 10 Wildcat IV (max strength).


850 Torpedo Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron

Moved here from RAF Perranforth  01.08.1944. Moved to R.N.A.S. Maydown on 13.08.1944. Moved to R.A.F. Mullaghmore 06.11.1044.

Equipped with 12 Avenger II and 4 Wildcat IV.

 

 

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