Latitude 40°44′31″N Longitude 73°35'56"W

   

ACQUISITION

Facilities for an RN Air Despatch Depot at a USN Air Facility.

 

OPENED

November 1942

 

CLOSED

Not known.

 

   

C.O./O.I.C.

Not known.

 

   

FUNCTION/FACILITY

Despatch depot for American type aircraft for use by Royal Navy.

 

ADDRESS

Naval Air Facility Roosevelt Field,

Mineola,

Long Island,

New York City,

USA

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies at the centre of the .western end of Long Island 17 miles E. of the centre of Manhattan Island, New York.
 

LANDMARKS

 

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS

Normal road and rail communication with New York

   
   

CONTROL

Control Building

 

ELEVATION

 100' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS

Three, asphalt

 

NE/SW 965 z 33 yds.,

NW/SE 935 x 33 yds.

NNE/SSW 535 x 33 yds. closed, used as a parking area

 

TRACKS

 

 

OBSTRUCTIONS

Navigation

Not known.

Circuit

90' steel towers on court house 2 miles NW. of field, obstruction lighted.

Approach

Pole lines to N. and W., buildings to N. and W.

   

APPROACH

Not known.

 

WIND INDICATOR

Not known.

   
   

HOMING - VISUAL

By day

 

By night

24" rotating beacon alternatively showing Clear and Green flashes.

 

HOMING--RADIO

D/F

Not known.

Beacons

Not known.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL

By day

Not known.

By night

Beacon, boundary, approach and obstruction lights landing area flood lights.

APPROACH - RADIO

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT

M/F & H/F

 Not known.

VH/F

  Not known.

   

GROUND RAD

Not known.

   
   

ACCOMMODATION

Capacity:

Officers:

Unknown.

Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:

Unknown.

 

ARMOURIES

Not known.

 

COMPASS BASE

Not known.

 

DISPERSAL

Not known.

 

HANGARS

On S.W. edge of airfield.

 

Number /Type

Size

Door Height

Door Width

6 steel/concrete type

?

?

?

14 wooden type

?

?

?

       
       
 

MEDICAL

Not known.

 

METEOROLOGICAL

USN

 

FUEL AND OIL

Aviation:

Not known.

M/T:

Not known.

Oil :

Not known.

   

TEST BASE

Not known.

 

TEST BUTT

Not known.

 

WORKSHOPS

 

EXPLOSIVES

Not known.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

Not applicable.

   
   

Information taken from C.B. 4368B (Text) (8/45) Handbook of Royal Naval Air Stations (Abroad)

 

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

 
 

No FAA squadrons operated from this facility.

 

 

 

In November 1942, the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics established a modification centre at Roosevelt Field to install British equipment into U.S. aircraft for supply to the British Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease agreement passed by Congress. Initially the US Navy leased five of the 6 steel/concrete hangars along Old Country Road; built a barracks, mess hall, and sick bay; and the site commissioned as the U.S. Naval Air Facility (NAF) Roosevelt Field by February 1943.


RN Air Despatch Depot

An RN Air Despatch Depot was established at NAF Roosevelt Field which was responsible for aircraft repair and maintenance, equipment installation, the preparation and flight delivery of Lend-Lease aircraft. They also undertook any metal work required for the installation of British modifications. The facility also performed salvage work of crashed Royal Navy planes. By September 1943, additional wooden buildings had built between four of the hangars, and in October 1943 six additional hangars were leased. Many of the Grumman Avengers, Vought Corsairs and Grumman Wildcats were issued directly to squadrons forming and working-up in the US at Brunswick, Lewiston, Quonset Point and Squantum. Many others, including Grumman Hellcats, Beech Expeditor, North American Harvards and Curtiss Seamews were shipped to the UK.

Shortly after the war ended in August 1945 the Lend-Lease agreement ended and the US Navy greatly reduced the size of its facility at Roosevelt Field in preparation for closure. They had vacated all but six hangars, and removed their temporary buildings by the time their lease expired on June 30th, 1946. The withdrawal was completed by August 1946, when Roosevelt Field operated as a commercial airport until it closed in May 1951.

 


 

 

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Additional sources:

www.airfieldsdatabase.com

http://www.airfieldsdatabase.com/ww2/WW2%20R27a%20NJ-TN.htm Accessed 30/03/2015

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

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