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CLOSED/WITHDRAWN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Moved here from R.N.A.S. Trincomalee 18.10.44 to  Crews embarked in H.M.S. Battler 07.11.44, aircraft withdrawn.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