RNAS Ballyhalbert

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RNAS Ballyhalbert
HMS Corncrake
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Ballyhalbert, County Down
RNAS Ballyhalbert HMS Corncrake is located in Northern Ireland
RNAS Ballyhalbert HMS Corncrake
RNAS Ballyhalbert
HMS Corncrake
Coordinates54°29′46″N 5°28′12″W / 54.496°N 5.470°W / 54.496; -5.470
TypeFleet Air Arm base
Site information
Controlled by Royal Navy
Site history
Built1940 (1940)
In use1941-1947 (1947)
Battles/warsSecond World War
Garrison information
GarrisonFleet Air Arm

RNAS Ballyhalbert (later HMS Corncrake) was an airfield near Ballyhalbert, in North (County) Down, Northern Ireland during the Second World War, used by the Royal Air Force in the defence of Belfast and, later, by the Royal Navy, when it was a naval air station commissioned as HMS Corncrake.

Aircraft types using the airfield included the Supermarine Seafire, and airmen from Australia, New Zealand and Poland were based there. The graves of deceased servicemen from the airbase can be found in the graveyard of Ballyhalbert Church.


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Ballyhalbert". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 3 November 2013.

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