Latitude 52°20'40"N Longitude 02°31'40"W

   
ACQUISITION R.A.F. Station transferred to Admiralty on loan 09.03.1942

Transferred on permanent loan 12.12.1942.

 

COMMISSIONED 01.06.1942

 

CLOSED Closed to flying 01.08.1958

 

PAID OFF 04.11.1048

 

   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION R.N. Reserve Aircraft Station.

Aircraft Storage.

No. 2 Ferry Flight.
Engine Holding Unit.

No. 1831 Squadron R.N.V.R.  (post-war)

All Weather Airfield.

No. 3 Salvage Unit.

A.T.C. Gliding School.

 

PARENT STATION TO

 

RNAS Ollerton/Hinstock

RN Air Section Speke

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,
Stretton,
Nr. Warrington,
Lancs.

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies at Appleton in Cheshire, 3 miles SE. of Warrington on the River Mersey, and 1½ miles ENE of the village of Stretton. Manchester lies 14 miles NE. and Liverpool 17 miles WNW.

 

LANDMARKS The River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, flowing from Manchester to Liverpool, pass 3½ miles N. and 3 miles N. of the airfield respectively.
The railway from Warrington, via Altrincham, to Manchester crosses the Manchester Ship Canal 2 miles NNW. and from there runs E/W. past the airfield with another canal lying adjacent.
The I.C.I. factory at Northwich, 6 miles S.

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Secondary road to Warrington, 4 miles (R), via Appleton and Stockton Heath.
M.R. stations at Warrington (Bank Quay on London line and Central on Liverpool-Manchester line).
Bus service from Warrington (Bank Quay) station to Appleton, via Stockton Heath.
   
   
CONTROL Control Building inside the perimeter track on the W. side of the landing area. Keeps watch 0800–sunset or 1800, whichever is the earlier.

 

ELEVATION  220' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Three, tarmac
          Extensibility
03/21

QDM. 027° -207°

1120 x 50 yds.   2000 Road closures
00/08

QDM. 097° -277°

1600 x 50 yds. 3000
16/34

QDM. 157° -337°

1120 x 5 yds. 2000

 

TRACKS 45' perimeter track. A 40' track connects the N. perimeter with the R.N. Aircraft Maintenance Yard, and two 20' tracks lead to the Fairey Aviation Company's hangars in the NE. corner of the airfield.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation None.
Circuit None.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH Recommended sector, mean QDM. 3050.

 

WIND INDICATOR Windsocks inside the perimeter track on the NW. side of landing area and outside the track on the SE. side.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F H/F and VH/F.
Beacons YG. and 251MS

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.

 

APPROACH - RADIO None.

 

COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F 3 transmitters, 4 receivers.
VH/F 4  transmitters,  4 receivers.

 

CALL SIGNS R/T STRETTON
W/T MGE
Identity letters JA - ST from 1955
   
GROUND RADAR None.

 

 

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Officers' and ratings' living quarters in dispersed sites about 600 yds. NW. of the airfield; W.R.N.S. quarters in dispersed sites 3 miles (R) N., and in station.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 106
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 1.162
W.R.N.S. Officers: 11
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 136

 

ARMOURIES  

 

COMPASS BASE One, tarmac. Diameter 6o'.

 

DISPERSAL Six pens and nine A/c standings dispersed round the perimeter track in addition to two aprons. Dispersal for 200 A/c on hardstandings and Sommerfeld tracking outside and inside the perimeter.

 

HANGARS At E. end of airfield.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
4 Tee Side "S"  6o' x 70' 20' 60'
6 Mains 60' x 70' 17' 55'
2 Blister (1 for A.T.C. Gliders) 54' X 45' 19′ 10" 54′
5 Bellman 185' X 105' 25′ 105'
2 Brick walled (ex Fairey Av. Co., Ltd.) , Engine Holding Unit at Burscough*
 
175' X 97'    
* Post war.

 

MEDICAL Crash room and sick bay 500 yds. NW. Sick quarters at Grappenhall, 2½ miles (R) N.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Office in the Control building. Limited service by Naval personnel.

 

FUEL AND OIL Aviation - 24,00o gallons in two tanks of 12,000 gallons each (I00 octane).
12,000 gallons (87 octane) (1 tank).
12,00o gallons (73 octane) (1 tank).
M/T - 3,000 gallons in x tank of 1,030 gallons and 1 tank of 2,000 gallons.
Lubricating.. 3,500 gallons in tank, additional 40 gallon drums as required.
Oil - D.E.R.N. .. 650 gallons.

M.V.O. .. .. 650 gallons

 
TEST BASE None.

 

TEST BUTT Cannon test butt, 25 yd. indoor .22 rifle range and 3o yd. outdoor .303 ranges.

 

WORKSHOPS Workshops to Aircraft Maintenance Yard Scale on N. side of airfield
Storage section planned for 300 aircraft.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES

 

None.
   
   


Information taken from B.R. 1807 Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Dec. 48

 

 

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

 
718

 

 
728B

 

 
767

 

 
798

 

 
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1837  
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1841  
1842  

 

 

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Additional sources:

A farewell to H.M.S. Blackcap - article in Flight Deck Magazine

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 © 2013 Tony Drury www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk


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