Middle Wallop airfield is situated on the A343 between Andover and Salisbury, 6 miles WSW of Andover. 

The site had 5 C types and 4 Blister hangers, an all grass landing area with a maximum available landing run of 4,200 feet, this was later extended to 5,700 feet, with concrete taxi way around the landing area and hardstandings


Middle Wallop airfield was exchanged for Ludham airfield by the Admiralty in February 1945, the station commissioning as H.M.S. Flycatcher, Royal Naval Air Station Middle Wallop on February 16th, primarily to house the Headquarters of the Mobile Naval Airfields Organisation (M.N.A.O.)  under the overall command of Captain L.J.S. Edes.


The formation programme for the assembly and despatch of Mobile Naval Airfields resumed with MONAB VI, and was to end with MONAB X after the end of the war. All other projected units were cancelled.

Unlike at Ludham, the Admiralty decided to operate the Stratton as an operational airfield, the RN Air Section at Christchurch moved to take up residence here on February 22nd 1945, and No. 700 squadron Maintenance Test Pilots School moved here from RNAS Worthy Down 23rd November 1945.


700 squadron ran 10 week courses for pilots who had to complete training in a range of aircraft including examples of all current frontline aircraft in the Fleet Air Arm’s inventory.  The Maintenance Test Pilots school moved to RNAS Yeovilton on April 1st 1946 when middle Wallop closed.


The station was also used for the storage of reserve aircraft, and acted as the receiving depot for around 50 Mosquito B 25s transferred from the RAF to the RN between May and August 1945.

H.M.S. Flycatcher paid off on April 10th 1946 and Middle Wallop closed as a naval sir station and returned to the RAF Fighter Command.


The Mobile Naval Airfields Organisation moved form Middle Wallop in 1946, being installed  at R.N.A.S Lossiemouth, HMS Fulmar, sometime around July when this station was transferred from RAF to RN control.





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Function :

Assembly, equipping, and formation of mobile airfield units in the UK, and their despatch to their operational locations.

Commissioned :

 15 Feb 1945


Paid Off :

 10 Apr 1946


Captain L. J. S. EDES    15 Feb 1945 to

10 Apr 1946


See the history of the Mobile Naval Airfields Organisation for a detailed account of operations at Ludham. M.N.A.O. Page