Latitude 63° 55' 51" N Longitude 21° 10' 15" W

 

 

ACQUISITION LODGER FACILITIES from RAF Coastal Command
OPENED  01 May1943
COMMISSIONED - Accounts carried 'on books of HMS BALDUR II'
PAID OFF -
CLOSED Withdrawn 02 November 1943
   
O.I.C. Lt. (P) H R N Barron RNVR 30 April 1943

Lt. Cdr. (A) (P) A.G. Mayhew RNVR 21 June 1943

   
FUNCTION Reserve storage of up to 12 Swordfish (Erected) for possible use as replacement a/c for escort carriers on N. Atlantic convoy duties.

Support of one disembarked squadron.

   
ADDRESS RAF Station, Kaldadarnes, Iceland
LOCALITY The airfield lies on the southern banks of the –lfusá river, around 5 miles west of Selfoss, Iceland.
LANDMARKS Not known
ROAD AND RAIL Not known
ACCESS Not known

 

   
CONTROL

 Not known

ELEVATION 3' above M.S.L.
RUNWAYS Three

10/29 QDM. 103°-287° .... 1083 x 50 yds. 
17/35 QDM. 171°-
351° .... 1014 X 50 yds.
23/05 QDM. 228°-
052° .... 1416 x 50 yds.

TRACKS  
   
OBSTRUCTIONS Not known
APPROACH Not known
WIND INDICATOR Not known

 

   
HOMING - VISUAL By Day - Not known

By Night - Not known

HOMING - RADIO D/F - Not known
Beacons - Not known
APPROACH - VISUAL  Not known
APPROACH - RADIO Not known
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT M/F and H/F. - Not known

 VH/F - Not known

CALL SIGNS Not known
GROUND RADAR Not known

 

   
ACCOMMODATION

Capacity

Officers............................ 6
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings.... 100

COMPASS BASE Not known
DISPERSAL Not known
HANGARS 2, type unknown
MEDICAL Not known
METEOROLOGICAL Not known
FUEL AND OIL Aviation .. Not known
Kerosene .. Not known
MIT.. Not known
Oil .. Not known
TEST BASE Not known
TEST BUTT Not known
WORKSHOPS Not known
BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES Not known


 

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

 

819 Torpedo, Bomber & Reconnaissance squadron

Disembarked from HMS ARCHER 05-06.05.43 equipped with 9 Swordfish II & 3 Wildcat IVs.

825 Torpedo, Bomber & Reconnaissance squadron

Disembarked from HMS PRETORIA CASTLE 29-30.09.43 equipped with 8 Swordfish II and 6 Sea Hurricanes.

892 Fighter squadron

Disembarked from HMS ARCHER 05-06.05.43 equipped with 6 Martlet IVs.

 

 

 

With the arrival of the American built escort carriers Atlantic convoys were now covered by naval aircraft for the whole of the crossing, in order to replenish squadrons on these small carriers strategic reserves of replacement aircraft were established. In May 1943 Royal Naval Air Sections were established at USNAS Argentia, Newfoundland, and RAF kaldadarnes, Iceland, to provide and maintain, in storage, a reserve of up to 12 Swordfish for possible use as replacement aircraft for escort carriers on N. Atlantic convoy duties. The Sections would also be able to support one disembarked squadron.

R.N. Air Section kaldadarnes, was commanded by Lt. Cdr. (A) (P) A.G. Mayhew RNVR under the administrative control of Admiral Commanding Icelnad,. personnel serving on the section were be borne for pay and discipline on the books of H.M.S. 'BLADUR II'.

Kaldadarnes was chosen as a site for reserve aircraft storage only after an extensive search for an alternative site. The RAF was maintaining the station but no operational use was being made of it during 1943. The station's two hangers could accommodate 12 erected Swordfish, and up to 100 ratings and 6 officers could be accommodated on site. On May 5th A number of Swordfish were flown ashore from HMS ARCHER and were prepared for storage. ARCHER's squadrons also flew ashore for an overnight stop ; 819 TBR squadron with 9 Swordfish II & 3 Martlet IVs and 892 Fighter squadron equipped with 6 Martlet IVs. The only other recorded squadron use was 825 TBR squadron from HMS PRETORIA CASTLE which disembarked some of it's Swordfish and Sea Hurricanes 29-30th September.

By September the RAF were making plans to reduce the station to a Care & Maintenance status unless the Admiralty took over control of the site, this idea was rejected since little use had been made of the Air Section.  It is assumed that both the R.N. Air Section sites, Kaldadarnes & Hvitanes were evacuated by HMS FENCER sometime during September.

 

 

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 © 2013 Tony Drury www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk


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