Latitude 55°02'00"N Longitude 07°14'25"W

   
ACQUISITION Transferred from R.A.F.  1.5.1943

 

COMMISSIONED 1.1.1944

31.9.1945 as 'GANNET II' satellite to RNAS Eglinton

CLOSED  

 

PAID OFF 31.9.1945 as SHRIKE

 

   
C.O./O.I.C.  

 

   
FUNCTION

Joint A/IT. School. Formation and working up Of T.B.R. units.

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station

Maydown,
Londonderry,
N. Ireland.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies near the E. bank of the River Foyle one mile from its mouth in the S.W. corner of Lough Foyle; the Faughan, a tributary of the Foyle, flows past the E. boundary.
Londonderry lies 3 miles S.W.
R.N.A.S. Eglinton lies 2/ miles E. by N.

 

LANDMARKS Lough Foyle, and the rivers Foyle and Faughan.
The city of Londonderry.
Two small loughs, Lough Enagh W. and Lough' Enagh E., lying i½mile S.W. of the airfield.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Main road communication with Londonderry and R.N:A.S. Eglinton.
-Access to Londonderry station, 3 miles S.W. by W., and to Eglinton station, 2 miles N.E. by-E., both on the Londonderry--Belfast line. Passengers for the 1R.N.A.S. should alight at Culmore Station, 1mile. N.N.W. of the airfield.
Extensive port facilities at Londonderry, with depths up to 24 ft, alongside the quays, and cranes with capacities up to 35 tons.

 

   
   
CONTROL Control building on N..side of landing area, close inside perimeter track.

Ground signals area, 60 yds. S. of Control building.

 

ELEVATION  50' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Two, 

 

00/18 QDM. 002° 182° ....1,250 x 50 yds. 

07/25 QDM. 068° 249° .... 1.600 x 50 yds.

 

TRACKS  

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation Mountain range N.W. with summit 1,589 ft. at Scalp Mountain, distant 5 miles..
Land rises steadily to 800 ft. within 5 miles S.E, and S.W., being 500 ft. above the airfield close to the approach path to runway 00/18 at a point 2½, miles S.S.E.
Circuit Land rising to 25Q ft. above the airfield distant 4;094 yds. S.S.E.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH Recommended Sector, mean QDM. :

 

WIND INDICATOR Windsock on N. side near Ground Signals area.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F M/F
Beacons Type 251M, and 257 being installed.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night Glim lamp flare path by previous arrangement only. Runway 07/25 fittedwith "Contact" lighting and approach floodlights.

 

APPROACH - RADIO None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT One line M/F. One F.M. 12. Two lines H/F. One D.F.G. 25.

 

   
GROUND RADAR Use of R.N.A.S. Eglinton facilities.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION In dispersed camps S.E. of the airfield.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 218
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 1,103
W.R.N.S. Officers: 13
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 338

 

ARMOURIES To accommodate 4 squadrons.

 

COMPASS BASE None. Three hard standings are marked out.

 

DISPERSAL 31 A/c. standings and six double pent off the perimeter track on the. N._ side and six A/c. standings' on the S. side, The field close N. of the Storage hangar is suitable for picketing up to 16 light types of aircraft.

 

HANGARS Squadron hangars dispersed along the N.W. side of the airfield. Workshop
hangars on the S. and S,E. sides.-

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
9 (Squadron) Super Blister 47' x 93' 21' (at centre) 57'
1 (Storage) Type T.1. 175' ? x 90' 19' 90'
 
MEDICAL Sick Bay at Campsite cross roads, ½ mile E. of Faughan bridge.

 

METEOROLOGICAL

Office in the Control building.
Full meteorological service by Naval personnel available.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Two installations holding 48,000 and 24,000 gallons respectively.
M/T: Two installations holding 5,000 and 1,000 gallons
respectively.
Oil : No bulk storage. An average of 2,000 gallons stocked, and held in 4-gillon_
containers.
   
TEST BASE A/C Radar test base on the S. side of airfield.

 

 

TEST BUTT M.G. and cannon range on E. side of airfield outside the perimeter track (permanently unserviceable).

 

WORKSHOPS One A.R.S. hangar (175' x 90' x 19' x 90') and workshops to 2-3 squadron scale.

 

EXPLOSIVES Practise stocks (less depth charges) to provision 2 T.B.R. Squadrons kept in'three Nissen huts, dispersed on N. side of landing area

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES  

 

Use of R.N.A.S. Eglinton facilities.
   
   
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

 
744

 

 
758

 

 
794

 

 
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1832  
1834  

 

 

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© 2013 Tony Drury www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk


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