Latitude 44'28"N Longitude 80°29'53"W

   
ACQUISITION Lodger facilities for RN squadrons at an R.A.F.  Bomber airfield.

 

OPENED/GRANTED  

 

CLOSED/WITHDRAWN  

 

   
C.O./O.I.C.  
   
FUNCTION/FACILITY Accommodation for one Naval Air Squadron. An extension of this fell, to cover an additional three Squadrons is under consideration

 

ADDRESS R.N. Air Section

R.A.F. Station Vavuniya

Ceylon

 

LOCALITY

The airfield lies one mile S. of Vavuniya on the E. sills of the Jaffina-Colombo road and railway. Vavuniya, with a large "tank" adjacent E., lies at the intersection of three roads. There is a railway station in the village on the line to Colombo.

 

LANDMARKS  

 

ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS  
   
   
CONTROL Control Building

 

ELEVATION  299' above M.S.L.

 

RUNWAYS One, asphalt.

 

05/23 QDM. ---° ----° ....  1700 x 50 Yds.

 

There is also an emergency satellite landing ground with a dry-weather strip N/S 1,000 x 50 yds. situated about 2½ miles NE., on the NE. side of Vavuniya “tank”; 48 hours. Notice is required before use.

 

TRACKS  
OBSTRUCTIONS Navigation None.
Circuit  
Approach None.

 

APPROACH Not known.

 

WIND INDICATOR Not known.
   
   
HOMING - VISUAL By day Not known.
By night Not known.

 

HOMING--RADIO D/F Yes, details not known.
Beacons Yes, details not known.

 

APPROACH - VISUAL By day Not known.
By night Not known.
APPROACH - RADIO  
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F & H/F  Not known.
VH/F   Not known.
   
GROUND RADAR Yes, details not known.

   
   
ACCOMMODATION

Capacity:

Officers: Unknown.
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings: Unknown.

 

ARMOURIES  

Not known.

COMPASS BASE Not known.

 

DISPERSAL Not known.

 

HANGARS Hangars
Number /Type Size Door Height Door Width

Not known.

     
 
MEDICAL Not known.

 

METEOROLOGICAL Not known.

 

FUEL AND OIL Aviation - Not known.
M/T - Not known.
Oil - Not known.

 

TEST BASE Not known.

 

TEST BUTT Not known.

 

WORKSHOPS Yes, details not known.

 

VISITORS Not known.

 

EXPLOSIVES Not known.

 

BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES Not known.
   
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

 
834

 

Torpedo-Bomber and Reconnaissance  squadron

Moved here from R.N.A.S. Trincomalee 18.10.44 to  Crews embarked in H.M.S. Battler 07.11.44, aircraft withdrawn.

Equipped with 9 Swordfish II & 6 Wildcat V.


845 Torpedo-Bomber and Reconnaissance  squadron

Moved here from R.N.A.S. Colombo Racecourse 19.11.44, Embarked in in H.M.S. AMEER 24.12.44.

Equipped with 8 Avenger Is & 4Wildcat V.


851 Torpedo-Bomber and Reconnaissance  squadron

Moved her from R.N.A.S. Ratmalana 18.11.44 Moved to R.N. Air Section Minnerriya 20.11.44

Equipped with 12 Avenger Is & 4Wildcat V.


 

 

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