RNAS Eglinton (HMS Gannet)
|RNAS Eglinton (HMS Gannet)
|IATA: none – ICAO: none|
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|Operator||Royal Air Force as RAF Eglinton
Royal Navy as RNAS Eglinton
|Location||Eglinton, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland|
|Elevation AMSL||6 ft 7 in ft / 2 m|
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 and 7.1 miles (11.4 km) of Londonderry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
The air station was operational between 1943 and 1959.
RAF Eglinton use
The Royal Naval Air Station has its origins in early World War II when in 1941 RAF Eglinton was established as the home to No. 133 Squadron RAF which flew Hawker Hurricane fighters in defence of Derry. In 1942 the base 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. In 1943 the airfield became a Fleet Air Arm base called RNAS Eglinton (HMS Gannet) and was home to the 1847 Naval Air Squadron which provided convoy air cover as part of the Second Battle of the Atlantic.
RNAS Eglinton use
The air station's main function was to work up Fighter Squadrons' pilots before joining the attacks on Japan. HMS Maydown 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 Eglington close and the Squadrons moved to RAF Ballyhalbert and RAF Ballykelly.
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- "Eglinton (Derry City) (Londonderry)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 20 May 2012.