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

 

 

801

 

802

 

807

 

808

 

809

 

810

 

811

 

812

 

813

 

814

 

815

 

821

 

825

 

827

 

833

 

835

 

837

 

840

 

846

 

879

 

880

 

881

 

886

 

893

 

895

 

897

 

898

 

1830

 

1831

 

1832

 

1833

 

1834

 

1836

 

1837

 

1840

 

1841

 

1842

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional sources:

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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