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 the 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.

NAF Roosevelt Field was responsible for aircraft repair and maintenance, equipment installation, preparation and flight delivery of lend lease aircraft, and 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 ere issued directly to squadrons forming-up and working-up in the US at Brunswick, Lewiston, Quonset Point and Squantum. Many others, including Grumman Hellcats, Beech Expeditor and NA Harvards were shipped to 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.

 


 

Click here for a list of Primary sources


Additional sources:

 

www.airfieldsdatabase.com

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

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No traces remain of this field today.


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© 2013 Tony Drury www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk


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