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2004 (© Mike Dunning)
RAF Ronaldsway airfield, Isle of Man
Airfield Today:
Isle of Man airport
Tower Type:
1. Pre war and RAF air traffic control - building shown above
2. Three storey Royal Navy building 566/42
Tower:
1. Still survives
2. In use
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
Area used by aircraft since the 1920s, in 1934 aerodrome opened by Blackpool and West Coast Air Services flying to Stanley Park and Squires Gate in Blackpool, and Liverpool. Also used by Manx Airways flying to Barton, Glasgow and Leeds.
/1939 to /1943, Ground Defence Gunnery School, Technical Training Command with Gauntlet, Lysander and Wallace aircraft.
21/06/44 to /46, Airfield rebuilt and opened as HMS Urley, RNAS Ronaldsway, opened for dive bomber, torpedo and reconnaissance training. 705, 710, 713, 725, 747, 772, 776, 822 Sqns with Barracuda and Swordfish aircraft.
1948, Bought by the Isle of Man Government for use as an airport, runways widened 1956/7 and still in use as Isle of Man airport.
RAF Ronaldsway airfield, Isle of Man
2001 (© Jim Hitch)
Ronaldsway airfield, Isle of Man, RN - HMS Urley
Airfield:
Training
Opened:
/1934
Closed:
Royal Navy closure 1946
ID Code:
?
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
Grass then 4x - tarmac
Hangars:
1x - Besonneau, 3x - Blister, then 1x - Squadron, 4x - Mainhill, 8x - Pentad
County:
Isle of Man
Location:
7 miles SW of Douglas
OS Ref:
SC285685
Links:
Isle of Man Airport: www.iom-airport.com
The other wartime airfields of the Isle of Man: Andreas, Jurby
©:
Photographs © copyright as stated
Ronaldsway - Isle of Man Airport
1983 (© Paul Francis)
RAF Ronaldsway airfield, Isle of Man
Ronaldsway Isle of Man airport + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003 - Ronaldsway -