RNAS Eglinton (HMS Gannet)

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RAF Eglinton RNAS Eglinton (HMS Gannet)
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Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Royal Air Force as RAF Eglinton
Royal Navy as RNAS Eglinton
Location Eglinton, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Built 1940
In use 1941-1959
Elevation AMSL 6 ft 7 in ft / 2 m
Coordinates 55°02′35″N 007°09′34″W / 55.04306°N 7.15944°W / 55.04306; -7.15944Coordinates: 55°02′35″N 007°09′34″W / 55.04306°N 7.15944°W / 55.04306; -7.15944
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RNAS Eglinton is located in Northern Ireland
RNAS Eglinton
RNAS Eglinton
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Royal Air Force Station Eglinton opened in 1941, in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Later it became Royal Naval Air Station Eglinton or RNAS Eglinton was a Royal Naval Air Station located 1.3 miles (2.1 km) north east of Eglinton, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The airfield was operational between 1943 and 1959.

Station history[edit]

RAF Eglinton use[edit]

The Royal Naval Air Station has its origins in the early Second World War when in 1941 RAF Eglinton was established as the home to No. 133 Squadron RAF which flew Hawker Hurricane fighters in defence of Londonderry. In 1942 the airfield was occupied by No. 41 Squadron RAF when it moved in on 22 September flying the Supermarine Spitfire VB before moving to RAF Llanbedr on 20 September 1942. The station was allocated to the Royal Navy and was transferred in 1943 the airfield became a Fleet Air Arm airfield called RNAS Eglinton (HMS Gannet) and was home to the 1847 Naval Air Squadron which provided convoy air cover as part of the Battle of the Atlantic.

RNAS Eglinton use[edit]

RNAS Eglinton (HMS Gannet) was the name assigned to RNAS Eglinton, a Fleet Air Arm airfield in Northern Ireland. A number of ships have borne the name HMS Gannet.

The air station's main function was to work up fighter squadrons' pilots before joining the attacks on Japan. RNAS Maydown (HMS Shrike) with Fairey Swordfish aircraft next door to Eglinton received Battle Honours for its role in the Battle of the Atlantic from 1943 until 1945.

April 1959 saw RNAS Eglinton close and the squadrons moved to RAF Ballyhalbert and RAF Ballykelly.In 1989 the married quarter estate comprising 78 houses located in Fraser Avenue and Mill Path in the nearby village of Eglinton were sold to a Roger Byron-Collins company who also acquired the officers married quarters in nearby RAF Ballykelly in 2009.

Posted units[edit]

A number of units were here at some point:[1]

Current use[edit]

The current RNAS Eglinton site is now used by the City of Derry Airport in County Londonderry with HMS Gannet a Fleet Air Arm base established in 1971 at RNAS Prestwick in Ayrshire.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Eglinton (Derry City) (Londonderry)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 20 May 2012.