Latitude 52°48'30"N Longitude 02°30'11"W

   
ACQUISITION Transferred from 21 Group R.A.F.

 

OPENED 28 February 1945

 

COMMISSIONED 28 February 1945 As H.M.S. Godwit II

01 March 1947 as H.M.S. Godwit on closure of R.N.A.S. Hinstock.

 

PAID OFF  By end of 1949

 

CLOSED  By end of 1949

 

   
FUNCTION Central Naval Instrument Flying Training School

Advanced Single .Engine Conversion & Refresher Flying Training

Previously satellite to RNAS Hinstock

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,

Peplow,

Market Drayton,
Shropshire,

England.

 

LOCALITY The airfield lies 5 miles S. by W. of Market Drayton and ¾ miles S. of the village of Child's Ercall. Stoke on Trent lies 13 miles N.E. and Shrewsbury 11 miles S.W. Birmingham lies 30 miles S.E.

 

LANDMARKS The Shropshire Union canal, running from Birmingham, through Market Drayton to Chester, passes 3½ miles N.E.; the river Tern, flowing S. towards its junction, 10½ miles S.W., with the Severn, passes ½ mile W.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Secondary road to Hodnet, and to Hinstock amend the main Market Drayton road. Hodnet railway station, 3¼ miles W.N.W., on the G.W.R. line to Market Drayton, where there is a junction with the L.M.S.;

 

   
CONTROL Control building on W, side of landing area, in front tf the technical buildings.

 

ELEVATION 230' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS /LANDING AREA Three, concrete and wood chippings:


00/18 QDM. 003° /18° .... 1400 X 50 yds.

04/22 QDM. 043° /223° .... 2000 X 50 yds.

12/30 QDM. 120° /300° .... 1400 X 50 yds.

 

TRACKS 50' perimeter track.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation:
Circuit:
Approach:

 

Not known

Not known

90 ft. W/T. masts at S.E. extremity of the airfield

 
APPROACH Not known 

 

WIND INDICATOR Not known 
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day:

By night:

 

Not known

Not known

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F: Beacon:

 

Not known

Not known

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day:  

By night:  

Not known
Not known

 

APPROACH - RADIO Not known
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT W/T and R/T:

VH/F:

 

Not known

Not known

 

GROUND RADAR Not known 

 

   
ACCOMMODATION

Capacity:

Officers: Unknown.
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: Unknown.
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 Not known

 

HANGARS in three sites, 2 in the main technical site on W. of landing area, 2 in a site on the E of the landing area, ad 1 SW. between the '12' & '04' ends of runways 04/22  & 12/30.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
4 T2 ?' x ?' ?'   ?'
1 B1 ?' x ?' ?' ?'
Note: some materials reference 5 T2
 
MEDICAL Not known

 

METEOROLOGICAL Not known.

 

FUEL AND OIL
Aviation: Not known.
M/T: Not known.
Oil : Not known.

 

TEST BASE Not known

 

TEST BUTT Not known

 

WORKSHOPS Not known

 

EXPLOSIVES Explosives area at SE. end of landing area.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES Not known

 

 

 

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

 
734 Engine Handling Unit.

Moved here from RNAS Worthy Down in August 1945 equipped with Whitley GR.VIIS which had been specially fitted out as flying classrooms with fuel flow-meters and other instruments, in which pilots could be instructed in Merlin engine handling techniques. Was to re-equip with Fortresses and Lancasters, but was disbanded on 21 February 1946.


758 Naval Advanced Instrument Flying Training Unit.

Moved here from RNAS Donibristle on 15 August 1942 as the Beam Approach School, title later changed to the Blind Approach School, and finally (by April 1943) to the Naval Advanced Instrument Flying School. Initially operating Oxfords with Anson, Reliant, Tiger Moth, and Wellington XIs being added during 1943; the Wellingtons were withdrawn by the end of 1943 and Harvard IIbs, and later Harvard IIIs, were added to the strength. Five detachments operated with the main specialist flying schools at RN Air Stations Crail, last Haven, Fearn, and Yeovilton providing a short instrument flying course for pupils. In addition there were three Rover units; 'X' Flight (6 Oxfords and 2 Tiger Moths), T Flight (2 Oxfords and a Harvard), and 'Z' Flight (5 Ansons) a Calibration Flight, responsible for the development of landing and homing aids. By 1944 Squadron strength increased to over 100 aircraft, mainly Oxfords, with smaller numbers of other types also in use. From 28 February 1945 the squadron began flying from RNAS Peplow, Hinstock's satellite airfield; on 18 March 1946 the squadron absorbed part of Ifo.798 Squadron, but was itself disbanded on 14 May 1946, to become 'B' Flight of 780 Squadron.


780 Advanced Flying Training Unit.

Reformed at Hinstock on 28 March 1946 as an Advanced Flying Training Unit equipped with an assortment of Oxfords, Harvards, Fireflies and Tiger Moths, and lancasters, the later being s based at the Pcplow satellite. On 14 May 1946 the remnants of No.758 Squadron were absorbed to form 'B' Flight; this moved to RNAS Crail on 17 December 1946 to operate as the Naval Instrument Flying Instructional Flight. On 27 March 1947 780 squadron moved to RNAS Donibristle.


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

Moved here from RNAS Halesworth on 28 November 1945, equipped with an assortment of aircraft which included Barracudas, Fireflies, Harvards, Seafires, and Tiger Moths. The squadron concentrated on refresher and familiarisation training; FAA ex-prisoners of war were given refresher flying courses on Harvards, following their return home. The squadron disbanded on 18 March 1946.


   

 

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Iris Taylor (Bovey Tracey, UK) says...
Hello, I served in the war at Godwit as a WREN map drawer. There were four of us on tall stools. I can't remember a lot about it apart from eliciting the odd tot from older chaps who gave it to soothe our stomachs! Iris Taylor nee Dutchman)
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