Latitude 59°05'15"N Longitude 03°17'6"W

   
ACQUISITION Built by the Admiralty.

 

COMMISSIONED 01.04.1941 on books of 'Sparrowhawk'

01.01.1942 as independent Command 'Tern'

CLOSED  

 

PAID OFF 20.10.1945 to Care & Maintenance on books of 'Owl'
   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION Accommodation for disembarked Front-Line squadrons.

Accommodation for disembarked Ship's Flight Aircraft (H.Q. 700 Squadron).

Home Fleet Fleet Requirements UNit (771 squadron)

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Station,
Twatt,
Mainland,
Orkney.

 

LOCALITY

On the SE. side of Loch of Isbister, ½ mile S. of the village of Twatt and 3¼ miles SE. by S. of Brough Head.
Kirkwall lies 12 miles SE. by E. Stromness lies 7½ miles S.

 

LANDMARKS Brough Head and Loch of Isbister. (See Locality).

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS Road on E. and S. boundaries to Stromness 9¼ miles (R) and to Kirkwall, 16 miles (R).
Piers and Harbour facilities for small vessels at Stromness and Kirkwall, with steamer communication to Scotland.
   
   
CONTROL Control Building inside the perimeter track on the SW: of the landing area.

 

ELEVATION  65' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS Four, tarmac.
          Extensibility
01/19

QDM. 013° -193°

1,000 x 30 yds. 1,235
06/24

QDM. 058° -238°

1,009 x 30 yds.   -
11/29

QDM. 113° -293°

1,030 x 30 yds. 1,488
15/33

QDM. 153° -333°

1,200 x 30 yds. 2056

 

TRACKS 40' perimeter track.

 

OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation WSW. Vestra Fiold 400', distant 2,500 yds.
Circuit N. Ravie Hill, 300'-350', distant 2,000 yds.
ENE. Greenay Hill, 450', distant 2,70o yds. SW. Cruaday Hill, 35o', distant 1,700 yds. W. Yonbell Hill, 300'-350', distant 1,400 yds.
Approach None.

 

APPROACH Recommended sector, mean QDM.

 

WIND INDICATOR Two. One in the centre of the landing area, one on the W. side , outside the perimeter track adjacent the N. of the Test Butt.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day None.
By night None.
HOMING--RADIO D/F Mot known.
Beacons Mot known.
APPROACH - VISUAL By day None.
By night Mot known.
APPROACH - RADIO  
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F Mot known.
VH/F  Mot known.
   
GROUND RADAR Mot known.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION Living quarters at Skogar Camp and on the W. side of the airfield.  Additional quarters at Linklater and West Quoys.

 

Capacity:

Officers: 173
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: 965
W.R.N.S. Officers: 7
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings; 357

Note: Accommodation figures are those at time of reduction to C. & M. and are on war-time austerity scales.

 

ARMOURIES Mot known.

 

COMPASS BASE Two, concrete diameter 70'.

 

DISPERSAL 5 Hardstandings from perimeter track. 1 Apron.

 

HANGARS Dispersed around the perimeter track.

 

Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width
12 Skeabrae 6o' x 5o' 20′ 60′
16 Mains 60' x 70' 17' 55'
1 Bellman 185' x 105' 25' 105'
 
MEDICAL Sick Bay in the technical site, S.W. corner of the airfield.

 

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

 

FUEL AND OIL Aviation - Mot known.
M/T - Mot known.
Oil - Mot known.

 

TEST BASE A/c radar base to NE. of landing area.

 

TEST BUTT M.G. test butt and 25 yds. range to be adapted for Cannon.

 

WORKSHOPS Workshops to 2-3 squadron scale.

 

EXPLOSIVES Explosives are on W. side of the airfield, adjacent to the '11' end of the 11/29 runway and extending south to the Test Butt.
BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES Mot known.
   
   


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

 
700

 

 
771

 

 
802  
804  
807  
809  
812  
8117  
818  
819  
820  
821  
822  
846  
880  
884  

 

 

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Click here for a list of Primary sources


Additional sources:

 

Admiralty Fleet Orders:

6221/45—R.N. Air Station, Twatt—Reduction to Care and Maintenance

 

Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 © 2013 Tony Drury www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk


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